Some things you just don’t joke about. Like Ben Smith being a really great reporter.
Dick Cheney is ready to laugh about waterboarding.
Conservatives gathered at the Plaza hotel in Manhattan Monday night to roast the former Vice President at an event where many of the biggest laugh lines touched on the most controversial policies of a key architect of his administration’s War on Terror…
Two attendees said the edgy jokes were in appropriate spirit of a roast; the third found them in poor taste, even in that setting…
“There were some waterboarding jokes that were really tasteless,” the guest said. “I can see the case for enhanced interrogation techniques after Sept. 11 but I can’t really endorse sitting there drinking wine and [having a] fancy dinner at the Plaza laughing uproariously about it.”
Definitely not! Instead, you should laugh uproariously while President Barack Obama jokes about, let’s say…
Ha ha ha ha ha! Obama ordering drone strikes on American citizens! The IRS punitively auditing his political opponents! See, it’s funny because that stuff could never happen OH WAIT.
Here’s Cheney’s joke, which he said Jay Leno told to him:
It centered on a one-shot antelope hunting contest in Wyoming in which the loser had to dance with an Indian squaw. Cheney’s shot got caught in the barrel, producing a dispute over whether it counted as a hit or a miss — and Leno, according to Cheney, joked that Cheney wanted to go catch the animal with his bare hands and waterboard it.
Hm. Well, guess ya hadda be there. And of course, waterboarding is the worst thing that’s ever happened in the history of the world, Dick Cheney is evil, etc.
Wait a sec. Isn’t it “Native American,” Ben? Tsk, tsk, tsk…
A spirited defense of weatherboarding jokes from the Caller http://t.co/4tpnAJ8kOa
— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) October 9, 2013
— Will Rahn (@willrahn) October 9, 2013
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) October 9, 2013