‘Singe Not Burn’

Sometimes a joke is just a joke, but when it is done at the annual White House Correspondents' dinner, it can have a lot more meaning. The rule is the humor is supposed to "singe not burn," and friends and foes and even the President of the United States are fair targets. Last night's gathering here in the Washington's Hilton hotel ballroom — which President Obama said "Mitt Romney would call a little fixer upper" —   was a time for levity, much of it biting.  It was mostly domestic politics but one joke by late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel had a Middle East angle.  Speaking of those who advocate an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, he said, "They're a bunch of yahoos, and Netanyahus."

If you want to read Barack Obama's 15 funniest jokes as well as those of Kimmel, you can start here.

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.