‘Dad, does the Pres­i­dent not know his jokes also reach us?’


a joke.

“It was a joke? He said he takes mar­i­juana be­cause he be­comes sleepy at meet­ings. Not funny, ha ha. I would’ve laughed. Mom didn’t laugh, when she laughs even over your jokes. And you didn’t, not a chuckle.”

‘En­ti­tled to joke’ “Princess, Atty. Panelo says the Pres­i­dent is like any­one. He is ‘en­ti­tled to a joke,’ Panelo says. Even if it’s not funny. Be­sides, Panelo says, chil­dren don’t lis­ten to pres­i­dent’s speeches. If you do, you can’t un­der­stand the joke, Panelo says.”

“I don’t lis­ten to the Pres­i­dent’s speeches. Only parts. Those that get into the news as voice clip.”

“I can’t un­der­stand the mar­i­juana joke? Be­cause I don’t see where it’s funny. Or that ‘joke’some­time ago where he or­dered sol­diers to shoot the women NPAs in their you know what.

Maybe if he acts it out. Like Mr. Bean doz­ing off in church. The Pres­i­dent can be like he is sleepy at a meet­ing, takes mar­i­juana and sud­denly be­comes high. He can be funny that way.”

‘I l l ogi cal ’

“Princess, Panelo says mar­i­juana can make one sleepy. So it is il­log­i­cal to say he takes mar­i­juana if his pur­pose is not to fall asleep. If there’s no logic, you make peo­ple laugh, Panelo says.”

“So the Pres­i­dent makes peo­ple laugh by say­ing id­i­otic things?”

“Yes. But no, he is not an idiot.”

“I didn’t say he is, Dad.”

‘Good ex­am­ple’

“The Pres­i­dent is a good leader, Princess. He fights against il­le­gal drugs. And Panelo says that as a leader, the Pres­i­dent sets a good ex­am­ple.”

“He curses at the pope and U.N. of­fi­cials, shames bish­ops and priests, calls God stupid, and takes mar­i­juana. U.G.E.”

“What is U.G.E.?”

“Ut­terly Good Ex­am­ples.”

“Cut out the sar­casm, young lady. Dis­cuss. No snide re­mark. Stick to the mar­i­juana joke. His spokesman and the Pres­i­dent him­self in­sist it was a joke.”

E.C. joke

“Sorry, Dad. But he en­cour­ages the po­lice to kill drug sus­pects. More than 22,000 deaths, the U.N. says. An E.C. joke.”

“E C.?”

“Epi­cally Cruel.”

“Where do you learn all th­ese ini­tials?... Po­lice kill in self-de­fense. They’re de­fend­ing society against the evil of drugs . ... Er, can we do this some other time, Princess? I have a friend who has a friend in the Pres­i­den­tial Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fice. I’ll ask for help on your ques­tions.” Not vot­ing

“Me and my kids, we’re not vot­ing for him.”

“1. You can­not vote yet. 2. Even if you can, he he can­not and will not seek re­elec­tion. 3. And you don’t have chil­dren yet.”

“Mean­time, Dad, will some­one tell the Pres­i­dent his jokes also reach us kids and we talk about it in school? And can he make them funny next time?”

“I love you, Princess.”

“Me too, Dad. Ha ha. That is funny.”

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