Your Daily Jewish Trivia
I’d like to take to take this moment in time to review a few amusing bits of Jewish news that have been floating around in the internet today. Why? Because they’re funny and it’s my blog for the day. Deal.
First up, we have a Central Park Elmo, who is adorable. Until he opens his mouth:
Ruining childhood? Sure. Darkly amusing? Absolutely! Emphasis on the dark, though.
Next up, Obama’s joke about departing (Jewish) Red Sox player Kevin Youkilis didn’t go over so well with a Boston audience:
President Obama tried to tweak Bostonians Monday as he thanked the Red Sox for trading Kevin Youkilis to his hometown Chicago White Sox, but instead he triggered a chorus of boos from fans still a bit raw over the deal.
Making a light-hearted jab as he delivered a series of thank-yous at the start of a fund-raising speech, the president added: “Finally, Boston I just want to say – thank-you for Youkilis.”
The infielder was traded on Sunday for righthanded relief pitcher Zach Stewart and utility fielder Brent Lillibridge.
As boos swelled up from the floor and down down from the double balconies at Symphony Hall, Obama chuckled.
This, I’m sure, will cost him the state of Massachusetts. Romney does know how to capitalize on the important issues.
Finally, speaking of jokes, here’s a headline that writes its own:
New $1 million ‘Jewish Nobel Prize’ established
Have at it in the comments, folks.
Obama’s Youkilis joke falls flat [Boston Globe]
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