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Posted on 05/02/2010 9:13:35 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Obama Says F-word At Correspondents' Dinner, Posts It At YouTube By Noel Sheppard Created 05/02/2010 - 11:46
Barack Obama said the F-word at the White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday evening, and the video of his obscenity was posted at YouTube and WhiteHouse.gov.
As he began his comic remarks, the President said:
I wasn't sure that I should actually come tonight. [Vice President Joe] Biden talked me into it. He leaned over and he said, "Mr. President, this is no ordinary dinner. This is a big (whispering) f--king meal."
At 9:09 AM Sunday, a video of the President's routine was published  at the White House website after being posted  at YouTube some time Saturday evening.
As you can hear in the video, a bleep has been added, but the whispered F-word is still audible (video follows with commentary, joke in first 60 seconds):
As readers, viewers, and those in attendance were aware, this was a joke mocking Biden's F-bomb at the signing of the recently enacted healthcare reform bill when he whispered in the President's ear , "This is a big f--king deal."
However, was it appropriate of the President to use that word in public, at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, on live television?
And if the White House was going to post this at YouTube and its website, shouldn't someone have done a better job of making sure the bleep actually covered the obscenity?
This seems especially important as it appeared the networks that aired the dinner properly bleeped his F-word. I was watching C-SPAN and thought the bleep covered it up. I've been informed that CNN and MSNBC also bleeped appropriately, although Fox News's censors may have been a tad early.
This suggests these networks were alerted to the joke, and were on the ready to bleep when necessary.
But did the President have to say "f--king" for the joke to work?
Wouldn't "f-ing," "freaking," or "frigging" have been more appropriate for the most powerful man in the world in a public setting with cameras rolling?
Coarse, but mildly amusing.
Appropriate?? This Boy-King is a nightmare. Classless, arrogant puppet.
It seems to me we have only had 2(Nixon and Truman) other Presidents who had as much trouble as Obambi in controlling their mouths(read James (KJV) in the Holy Bible to see what G*D says about the mouth).
He has virtually no capacity for humor or wit.
This is on a par with the ‘special olympics’ jest.
He should stick to resentment, hatred and blame - where he excels.
He’s just being COOL.
do not question dunhams eligibility...its all here...
I am not going to waste that much time on this POSPOTUS.
Not worth getting wee-wee-ed over.
Way to teach our kids, Obama.. Kinda like how Clinton taught them about.. oh, nevermind.
How clever and amusing
The President deemed the correspondents dinner more important than personally investigating the oil spillage in the gulf.
Rather than go to the scene, he stayed in the White house rehearsing with the teleprompter and the joke coach.
You can take the President out of the ghetto, but you can’t take...
no class punk.
Perhaps he should henceforth be referred to as “Malcolm XXX”
As anti-Obama as they come, but, you’re dreaming there.
He’s hip, baby, HIP! Uber-cool! Postmodern! You’re all too uptight! Chill, baby, chill!/sarcasm off
Just bringing the hood to the White Hut.
He’s such an endearing, modest, elegant man who transcends the office of which he holds with such high moral character/s.
Low class/no class!
Low class. Par for the course.
Let’s file an FCC complaint against CNN or MSNBC for airing profanity.
The President deemed the correspondents dinner more important than personally investigating the oil spillage in the gulf.”
Well, to be fair, he also had a date with...BONO!
>>>Lets file an FCC complaint against CNN or MSNBC for airing profanity
The FCC has no regulatory authority over content on CABLE networks. Find another windmill to tilt.
Classless SOB. Reagan must be spinning in his grave.
How presidential - yep, that helps make us look great -
I taught my kids that people who use potty language do so because they haven’t the mental capacity to use better language.
F-word - 60 seconds in -
He needs a new teleprompter writer - his ‘quip’ about a birth cert fell flat, even in friendly company
“Governor, you’re gonna be a bad mother...”
(No! Bad Rich!)
Add a Jr. and I think you’ve got it!
Imagine in GWB had used the F-word at this function. The calls for his apologies and the disgust would still be heard around the world 2 years later.
Isnt it great how the Democrats turn the F bomb into a joke while they condemn Republicans for it?
I am soooooooooooo done with this undignified PERSON in the White House. Can NOT wait until impeachment and removal charges get him and his high belt wearing wife and his high class expensive private school attending kids and phony expensive dog and MIL OUT OF THERE. >:-(
Agreed. But just because a joke works in a comedic sense doesn't mean he should use it.
It speaks to his judgment, and the judgment of his handlers. No surprise, their judgment sucks. In a way, it's worse than Biden's original gaffe. Biden just blurted it, thinking it wouldn't be heard. Obama and his crew scripted it and rehearsed it with the express purpose of it being miked, broadcast, youtubed and tweeted. Dozens of people vetted it and gave it the imprimatur. Idiots.
I don’t find it amusing in any way.
LOL! When I was a kid, if I said the word ‘butty’ (meaning butt), I would be sure to get my mouth washed out with soap!
Common everyday language in my world!
Stay classy, Obama.
Actually, the FCC had in the past tried to regulate cable and I think it’s a periodic effort.
I say file the complaint anyway. Post it on a blog.
Believe it or not, I think this is a huge deal. I saw last night a WSJ roundtable (on Fox, I think) about how Obama is degrading the presidency with his personal attacks, etc.
This is quick-soundbyte way of explaining this. This wasn’t a stupid remark on an open mic, this was a prepared remark for an event that would be broadcast on national cable television. An event where bytes are often shown on national TV.
So I think this is a nice shorthand symbolic example of the coarseness of the Obama presidency. No president, not even Nixon, not Andrew Jackson, would curse in public remarks. Never.
Who can really blame Obama, though?
He just says what’s on the teleprompter.
Wow. Just wow. Great post & document.
Exactly. Biden's gaffe was an emotional outburst. A product of excess enthusiasm and easily forgiven.
Obama is a strange character.
For all his rough edges, I'd rather be seated next to the V.P. at a dinner party rather than the Prez. Kinda creepy guy.
Berry is a “f—king” joke.