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Ohio House speaker criticized for joke saying Obama should go to prison
DaytonDailyNews.com ^ | 2/22/12 | Laura Bischoff

Posted on 02/22/2012 2:49:21 PM PST by Typelouder

Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder, R-Medina, is catching heat for joking at a Summit County GOP event that President Barack Obama should be sent to prison.

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TOPICS: Humor
KEYWORDS: joke; obama; ohio; prison
Batchelder's quote: “While some are trying to twist a harmless joke into an opportunity to attack me, make no mistake that I have deep respect for the presidency and the integrity of the office, regardless of who holds it. I will not apologize for the joke, but I will apologize to my friend and colleague who apparently considered it more than a joke. I will do my best in the future not to quote jokes previously delivered by Jay Leno and other comedians.”
1 posted on 02/22/2012 2:49:32 PM PST by Typelouder
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To: Typelouder

Never apologize when you tell the truth.


2 posted on 02/22/2012 2:51:52 PM PST by smalltownslick
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To: Typelouder

Someday history will laugh at the fact he was criticized.


3 posted on 02/22/2012 2:52:16 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER ( Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: Typelouder

Go to prison? Which one: kenya or indonesia?


4 posted on 02/22/2012 2:54:58 PM PST by max americana (Buttcrack Obama is an idiot)
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To: Typelouder

What joke? Other than 25 to life is too light.


5 posted on 02/22/2012 2:55:50 PM PST by Truth29
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The audacity of making a joke like that. Who does he think the president is...Bush?


6 posted on 02/22/2012 2:57:37 PM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average In the US the number is 54%)
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To: smalltownslick

The local radio station said he was not available for comment when they called his office. Sounds like he is not too anxious to add fuel to the fire, or apologize for that matter.


7 posted on 02/22/2012 2:58:31 PM PST by Typelouder
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To: max americana

Guantanamo Bay


8 posted on 02/22/2012 3:00:58 PM PST by Deaf Smith
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To: Typelouder
I will do my best in the future not to quote jokes previously delivered by Jay Leno and other comedians.”

Priceless.


9 posted on 02/22/2012 3:01:15 PM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: Typelouder
“The unprecedented disrespect we have seen for President Obama only serves to undermine and threaten our democracy. I would expect my longtime friend, colleague and the Speaker of the Ohio House to respect the office of the President of the United States regardless of party affiliation.”

Utter nonsense. But then it came from a Democrat. I guess it's to be expected.

10 posted on 02/22/2012 3:01:23 PM PST by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood.)
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To: Typelouder
Batchelder has shown he has no character (he must be lawyer) by putting himself and politics over the truth. He needs to go.
11 posted on 02/22/2012 3:03:06 PM PST by drypowder
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To: Typelouder
“The liberals are asking us to give Obama more time. And I think 25-to-life would be a good start.”

What a great line. Funny and to the point. This is much funnier than the politically correct crap by the so called “comedians” we see on TV. It far funnier than a typical Letterman joke.

Let's have more jokes like this. Things are so bad our country needs it.

12 posted on 02/22/2012 3:05:04 PM PST by detective
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To: Typelouder
The offended one:


13 posted on 02/22/2012 3:08:12 PM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: drypowder
“Batchelder has shown he has no character (he must be lawyer) by putting himself and politics over the truth. He needs to go.”

What are you talking about? Why are you throwing a hissy fit over a funny joke?

Grow up. Calm down. And try to get a sense of humor.

14 posted on 02/22/2012 3:10:37 PM PST by detective
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To: detective
And try to get a sense of humor.

Frank Luntz had a old but funny zinger a couple of nights ago at a Rick Santorum event in Michigan:

“I have a ‘Run, Barack, Run’ bumper sticker, but I put it on the front of my car."

The perpetually offended were evidently not pleased. I've heard that well-worn line about seemingly every candidate running for office since the early 60's. But only now do the humor impaired find it outrageous.

Thankfully there's someone at Mediaite with a sense of perspective on this tiny tempest in teapot.

15 posted on 02/22/2012 3:23:48 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: drypowder

I think the Speaker was being a bit facetious in regards to his apology to Sykes, especially in light of the following comment about not using Leno’s material again. If he did speak to Mr. Sykes, he’d probably tell him to “lighten up, Francis.”


16 posted on 02/22/2012 3:30:02 PM PST by Typelouder
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To: FourPeas

17 posted on 02/22/2012 3:34:39 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Typelouder
It's very hard to tell 0bama jokes, the left don't think they're funny and the right don't think they're jokes.

18 posted on 02/22/2012 3:36:06 PM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Typelouder

“The liberals are asking us to give Obama more time. And I think 25-to-life would be a good start.”

I think it’s an excellent joke. Moreover, if the race baiters and leftists want to make it into a serious issue, Obama really SHOULD go to jail. He has committed numerous felonies and holds the constitution that he swore to uphold (at least, I think he swore to, although there was a bit of a problem there) in contempt.


19 posted on 02/22/2012 3:40:42 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Typelouder

Marxist poser should go to prison./


20 posted on 02/22/2012 3:41:21 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: FourPeas

I’m sick and tired of the perpetually offended always getting upset over the simplest things. It’s time they nut up or get out.


21 posted on 02/22/2012 4:48:06 PM PST by OHPatriot (It's time to party like it's 1096 AD.)
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To: OHPatriot

It is the relentless attempts by the left to shut down others who disagree.


22 posted on 02/22/2012 5:18:58 PM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: smalltownslick

Right! Never give political correctness an inch of ground unless you want to be under the oppression of lying or defeated politically. Stand up. Say the turth. Tell the liberals to f off and reaffirm - “It’s a free country!”


23 posted on 02/22/2012 8:24:08 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: smalltownslick

I say it all the time and I’m not joking.


24 posted on 02/22/2012 8:32:01 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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