David Stokes

A tasteless joke – one that saw earlier popularity during the administrations of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush – has resurfaced across America.  It is being told in whispers, emails, and even bumper stickers.  During Mr. Clinton’s administration it even found its way into some Sunday church bulletins.  And it is really beneath contempt in its lack of respect for the president, the presidency, not to mention the Bible itself.

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It goes something like this: “Pray for President Obama.  Psalm 109:8.” 

At first glance it appears innocuous, even pious.  But when time is taken to look up the reference, well, then it’s chortle, chortle time for buffoons:

“Let his days be few, and let another take his office.” – Psalm 109:8 (NKJV) 

And the verse following continues the thought: 

 “Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.” – Psalm 109:9 (NJKV) 

Of course, the point of the joke is to show disaffection with President Obama.  But the real result is to use scripture in a twisted way and to find somehow funny the idea that our president should, well, come to an ignominious end leaving his family to grieve.  

Funny stuff.  Real Jackie Gleason belly laugh stuff: Har har hardy har har.

It should be clear to decent, reasonable, reflective, and compassionate people that some things simply aren’t funny.  One just has to look back at what happened 46 years ago this weekend to see that.  I have no clue if that same joke was around in the days of the Kennedy administration, but I know that the feelings of too-casual contempt it reveals were very much around. 

I am a conservative when it comes to politics - a conservative with strong libertarian leanings.  I am no fan of much of the political agenda of President Obama and his administration.  Sometimes I get annoyed.  Occasionally (okay, more than occasionally) I talk back to the T.V. when I hear or see something that, to me, does not pass the test of constitutionality or common sense. 


David Stokes

David R. Stokes is a best-selling author, pastor, columnist, and broadcaster. His latest book is a novel: CAPITOL LIMITED: A Story about John Kennedy and Richard Nixon. Based on a true story, it's about a unique moment in 1947, when Kennedy and Nixon shared