I didn’t hear about Obama’s joke, or the (as usual) hyena laughter of the press, when this went down in May. So here it is–since this appalling story is as timely now as it was then, atrociously enough.
US drone attacks are no laughing matter, Mr Obama
The president’s backing of indiscriminate slaughter in Pakistan can only encourage new waves of militancy
by Mehdi Hasan
Speaking at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in May, Barack Obama spotted teen pop band the Jonas Brothers in the audience. “Sasha and Malia are huge fans, but, boys, don’t get any ideas,” deadpanned the president, referring to his daughters. “Two words for you: predator drones. You will never see it coming.” The crowd laughed, Obama smiled, the dinner continued. Few questioned the wisdom of making such a tasteless joke; of the US commander-in-
chief showing such casual disregard for the countless lives lost abroad through US drone attacks.