Obama Had to Be Joking About Being 'Really Good at Killing People' -- Right?

According to a new tell-all book, Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama thinks he’s “really good at killing people.” Double Down: Game Change 2012, by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, is full of juicy gossip out of the 2012 election, including that little gem, which was supposedly said while discussing drone strikes last year.

The White House had no official comment on the claim, other than senior Obama advisor Dan Pfeiffer saying, “The president is always frustrated about leaks ... he hates leaks.” I bet! I wouldn’t like my off-handed lame attempts at humor to be broadcast to world either.

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I get that the stress of being the second-most important person in the world can be a lot, especially when you have to make decisions about killing people, but can we please keep the murder-y jokes to a minimum?

I mean, it has to be a joke, right? A super lame joke to try to deal with the fact that you’re responsible for thousands of deaths, including a few innocent bystanders? That’s not to say that Obama’s expansion of the CIA’s targeted killing program is a good or bad thing -- with terrorists it’s either kill or be killed -- but you have to admit that it’s kind of ridiculous that President Peace Prize’s biggest accomplishment and brag is killing Osama.

If it’s not a joke -- well then, that’s something that probably needs to be addressed at the presidential therapy office.

Why do you think the president said he was “really good at killing people”?


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