Not surprisingly, Mike Huckabee’s stupid joke about Barack Obama being shot at is all over the news this morning:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, was known for his sense of humor on the presidential campaign trail, but on Friday he startled listeners with his latest improvisation, an imagined gun pointed at Senator Barack Obama.
Speaking at the annual convention of the National Rifle Association here, Mr. Huckabee, a Republican, was interrupted by a loud noise from backstage. “That was Barack Obama,” he said. “He just tripped off a chair. He’s getting ready to speak and somebody aimed a gun at him and he — he dove for the floor.”
Here’s the video:
Late last night, Huckabee issued the following statement:
“During my speech at the NRA a loud noise backstage, that sounded like a chair falling, distracted the crowd and interrupted my speech. I made an offhand remark that was in no way intended to offend or disparage Sen. Obama. I apologize that my comments were offensive, that was never my intention.”
What Mike ? It’s not that what you said was offensive or disparaging, it’s that you thought it was funny to make a joke about a Presidential candidate being the target of an assassin:
Mr. Obama’s safety has been an issue. When he was assigned Secret Service coverage last May, it was the earliest point in a campaign that a candidate had been given protection.
So, ya know, joking about someone shooting at him is sort of dumb.