I joke around a lot, like referring to the nine Democrat candidates for president as the Nazgûl. Guys like John Hawkins will post Photoshop-jobs, attempting to make humorous political statements. The particular one to which I linked struck me as funny, but I’m sure that quite a few may have a different opinion and may even be offended.
Therefore, when Madeleine Albright makes a joke like this one…
WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright(search) insisted Wednesday that she was just kidding when she wondered aloud whether the Bush administration is holding Usama bin Laden (search) captive, waiting to break him out at the best political moment.
…and people like me get offended, turnabout is fair play.
Oh, except for one thing: neither John nor I have ever been Secretary of State. Neither of us have the ability, the “juice,” if you will, to have what we say be considered as meaningful as what Secretary Albright says, even her so-called jokes.
As we say in the military, with rank comes responsibility. It is frightening to consider that this irresponsible woman was a couple of steps away from the presidency.
UPDATE: I have been informed by a commenter that Secretary Albright was born in what used to be Czechoslovakia, which would have prevented her from becoming president.