Obama Makes Statement About Malaysian Airliner Tragedy, Minutes Later Telling Jokes
As the world mourns and is angry over the latest crisis, Obama tells jokes. -W.E.
He did the same thing yesterday.
Via Roll Call:
Minutes after giving a somber statement in the briefing room on the Malaysia Airlines disaster and the war in Gaza, Obama was cracking jokes about guacamole and ice cream.
At the Kids’ State Dinner hosted by first lady Michelle Obama, the president talked up daughter Malia’s attempt to control her love for ice cream and his own love for chips and guacamole.
Obama acknowledged liking snacks that “aren’t perfect on the nutrition chart” before referencing the ice cream.
Sasha loves sushi, the first lady interjected.
“I love sushi,” Obama asserted.
But, he then went on to his first love:
“My big thing: chips and guacamole,” he said. “I lose my mind” if there’s a bowl of chips and guacamole, he joked.
He also told the kids, “fun food that may not be perfect for you, that’s OK too.”
Obama has often shown an ability to shift straight from somber to light-hearted — including Thursday, when he faced some criticism for talking briefly about the plane before lapsing back into a joke-filled stump speech about infrastructure spending.