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Billionaires, Jews and Janitors

President Obama is becoming a regular gaffe machine. Speaking to the Congressional Black Caucus over the weekend, he defended his proposal to raise taxes on the already over-taxed. For a moment, however, he became horribly confused:

If asking a billionaire to pay the same tax rate as a Jew, uh, as a janitor makes me a warrior for the working class, I wear that with a badge of honor. I have no problem with that.

Here is the clip:

Did he really mean to say “Jew”? I’ve tried to think what appropriate word might have begun with that syllable, but I can’t come up with one. It’s just a slip of the tongue, of course, but–even though the observation couldn’t be more commonplace–one wonders what would happen if a Republican presidential contender used the words “billionaire” and “Jew” in the same sentence, even through a verbal flub. The world might come to an end.

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