Politico reports that National Security Advisor James Jones has issued a formulaic apology for the bad joke with which he prefaced his speech at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy:
“I wish that I had not made this off the cuff joke at the top of my remarks, and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it,” Jones said. “It also distracted from the larger message I carried that day: that the United States commitment to Israel’s security is sacrosanct.”
When it comes to ethnic humor, General Jones is no Richard Pryor or Jackie Mason. One wonders what he thought he was doing with that joke, and the question lingers. In any event, close readers of the text might find a bigger joke in General Jones’s apology than in the preface to his speech.