National Security Adviser James Jones had to apologize after opening an otherwise well-received speech with a joke that turned on old stereotype of the money-hungry “Jewish merchant.”
Here, New York Magazine attempts to explain “Why the National Security Adviser’s Jewish Joke Was Fine.”
The main reason the magazine cites? The context of the joke, delivered in a pro-Jewish forum to an audience largely comprised of Jewish people.
Hey dummies! Speeches don’t stay in the room anymore, and the context for every speech must be … everywhere!
We’re with Jones, who said plainly, “I wish that I had not made this off the cuff joke at the top of my remarks, and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it. It also distracted from the larger message I carried that the United States commitment to Israel’s security is sacrosanct.”