Monday, July 14, 2014

“You fucking Jews. It’s all about the money, isn’t it.”

The humor of Bill Clinton.
Clinton—“always eager to please”— told his embarrassed audience a joke that began: “These two old Jews are walking down the street.”

“As the joke begins, everyone around the table looks dubious,” Halper writes. “Where is he going with this? Surely the former president of the United States is not about to tell an anti-Semitic story in front of people he hardly knows. This, of course, is exactly what he does, according to a number of people present.”

Briefly, the joke has the two Jewish codgers walking by a Catholic church, where a sign out front offers $100 to converts. One of the Jews, named Abe, agrees to convert and give half the proceeds to his friend. Abe meets with the priests, learns the traditions of the church, is declared a Catholic, and collects his reward.

“Hey! Look at the new Catholic here,” Abe’s friend says. “You got my money?”

To which Abe retorts: “You fucking Jews. It’s all about the money, isn’t it.”

Halper writes: “As the former president laughs, the others offer weak smiles. No one wants to offend him.”

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