April 20, 2007


McCain: Critics of Iran joke should "get a life" (Kathleen Hennessey, 4/20/07, The Associated Press0

Sen. John McCain has a message for any critics who thought his musical joke about bombing Iran wasn't funny: Get a life.

While campaigning for president in South Carolina on Wednesday, McCain responded to a question about how to deal with Iran by breaking into the melody of the Beach Boys song "Barbara Ann" but changing the lyrics to "Bomb Iran."

"That old, eh, that old Beach Boys song, 'Bomb Iran,' " McCain said, and then added: "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb ... anyway, ah ... " The audience responded with laughter.

The Arizona Republican was asked for his reaction to any negative response to the joke.

"Please, I was talking to some of my old veterans friends," he told reporters. "My response is, lighten up and get a life."

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 20, 2007 8:21 AM

If you watch the You Tube tape you see that McCain is responding to the question which ends"...send an air mail message to Terhan..." clearly, in the context of foregoing statements in the question, meaning air strikes. To which the Senator responds by breaking into the song.

Posted by: Jim Burke at April 20, 2007 11:25 AM

Oh, come on, this whole thing is obviously a comedy routine:

McCain: "Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran..."
Press Guy: "Isn't that a bit insensitive?"
McCain: "To Ahmadinejad?"
(guffaws & laughter all around)

Clearly the press was playing the straight man, and good laughs can be had all around.

Or, alternatively, the press & the left really are unhumorous loons...

Posted by: b at April 20, 2007 11:45 AM

You know what they say about people who can't take a joke.

Posted by: Lou Gots at April 20, 2007 4:34 PM