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White House Edits Embarrassing Joke By Obama Out of Official Transcript

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:54 pm

The Blaze:

The official transcript of a fundraiser speech President Barack Obama delivered at a private residence in Chicago Monday afternoon failed to include a joke he made about finding unpaid bills on his Chicago home’s desk.

“One of the nice things about being home is actually that it’s a little bit like a time capsule. Because Michelle and I and the kids, we left so quickly that there’s still junk on my desk, including some unpaid bills — I think eventually they got paid — but they’re sort of stacked up. And messages, newspapers and all kinds of stuff,” Obama said during his address, according to the pool report.

That joke about unpaid bills, however, didn’t make it into the official transcript.

Instead, as noted by Politico’s Jennifer Epstein, the quote leaves out the reference to finding the stack of bills. It only quotes the president as saying that “there’s still junk on my desk, including some — newspapers and all kinds of stuff.​”

The Associated Press’ Josh Lederman explained on Twitter that finding the quote required reviewing the tapes of the event.

At Hot Air, they reveal that the transcript now says “inaudible” instead of the bit about Obama not paying his bills. Hmm. It was audible to the reporters. Funny how it got inaudible exactly at the embarrassing part!

The joke is obvious and others have already made it:

Is this why his credit card got declined?

But in all seriousness: you can’t trust a thing they say.

11 Responses to “White House Edits Embarrassing Joke By Obama Out of Official Transcript”

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. I don’t think the joke was embarrassing.

    Sending it down the memory hole, on the other hand…

    malclave (4f3ec1)

  3. Slowpayer-in-Chief

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  4. Deadbeat-in-Chief.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  5. Do you remember, your President Nixon?
    Do you remember, the bills you have to pay?
    Or even yesterday?

    AZ Bob (34bb80)

  6. “What’s in YOUR wallet?”
    – Brrrrrrrawk Obama

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  7. Un-American… Un-American… He is teh Un-American….

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  8. According to Earnest, the only reason we are even discussing their utter lack of transparency, other than racism, is due to their unprecedented transparency.

    JD (bccb81)

  9. Carefully … crafted … image … by … David … Axelrod.

    Does he go to the bathroom without a teleprompter, do you think?

    nk (dbc370)

  10. Does he go to the bathroom without a teleprompter, do you think?
    nk (dbc370) — 10/21/2014 @ 8:10 pm

    No, needs the prompting he does!

    Teleprompter: “Grunt! Now Groan! (Turd goes splash) Now wipe! Not with your hand fool, use the toilet paper, idiot!”

    Yoda (cffabe)

  11. Carefully crafted “narrative” is probably the better way to say it. With the LHM as accomplices.

    nk (dbc370)

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