MSNBC political analyst Mark Halperin referred to President Obama as a naughty word LIVE on Morning Joe yesterday. Mark was talking about Obama’s demeanor during his press conference Wednesday on the economy. That’s when he dropped the D-word . . . the part of the male anatomy that rhymes with stick.
He said, “I thought he was kind of a [D-word] yesterday.” As inappropriate as that is, in retrospect it’s actually pretty amusing . . . if you consider the total comedy of errors that happened before and after his comment that allowed this to happen. It all started when Mark asked co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinksi, if the show was on a seven-second delay.
In other words, this was a premeditated comment, and he wanted to see if they could censor him. They egged him on. Mika said, quote, “We have it, we can use it, right?” Then she and Joe said things like, quote, “Yeah, sure . . . come on . . . go for it . . . take a chance . . . yeah, let’s see what happens . . . I’m behind you, you fall down, I’ll catch you.” And so Mark dropped the bomb.
Apparently, they didn’t think Mark would actually say something like that, because immediately afterwards, Joe said, quote, “Oh my God. Delay that! Delay that! What are you doing? I can’t believe you- I was joking! Don’t do that. Did we delay that?” And the answer to that question is: No. No, they didn’t. And that’s because they just happened to have a new producer at the knobs, who DIDN’T KNOW HOW to use the seven-second delay button.
Later, when they found out the comment was NOT censored, the producer explained that he got confused by all the buttons. And Mika responded, quote, “You’re supposed to actually know how to do the job before you get the job.” Mark apologized on the air …saying, quote, “Joking aside, this is an absolute apology…I became part of the joke, but that’s no excuse. I’m sorry, and I shouldn’t have said it. I apologize to the president and the viewers who heard me say that.”
Mark Halperin is an equal opportunity naughty-word user when referring to President Obama. In a 2008 radio interview, he called Obama the P-word – the part of the female anatomy that rhymes with WUSSY. This time, he wasn’t talking about his own thoughts, he was “characterizing” the feelings of John Edwards. Here’s Mark’s exact quote: “[John] kinda thinks Obama is…he thinks Obama is kind of a [P-word] . . . he has real questions about Obama’s toughness, his readiness for the office.”