Franken: You know what’s funny? Killing the President!

posted at 7:15 pm on October 31, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Looks like the Freepers found a nugget in Al Franken’s archives. In an interview after the 2004 Republican Convention, Franken tells the sign-language interpreter that he missed a golden opportunity for a hearty laugh. He should have signaled al-Qaeda instead (via Hugh Hewitt):

I can already hear the objections.  Franken is a satirist!  He was joking!  He’s paid to make people laugh! Er, yeah … but then Franken was also a political commentator, and now he wants to serve in the US Senate, so his judgment in this is fair game. If he’s such a hater that the notion of AQ assassinating George Bush is funny, that shows just how far outside the mainstream Franken is, and how poor his judgment can be.

Does Franken really believe that joking about presidential assassinations is in good taste, ever?  Because in a Barack Obama administration, I doubt that Franken’s allies will find it funny.  Neither will I, or most everyone I know.


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You know what’s funnier than that? Stuart Smalley being defeated in a landslide on Tuesday.

HornetSting on October 31, 2008 at 7:17 PM

Franken is hammering coleman now on some money issue about a campaign contribution. They said it was fair game.

Well welcome to fair game.

William Amos on October 31, 2008 at 7:18 PM

A Liberal running for a Liberal senator!

A class’A’ Jack-#ss!

canopfor on October 31, 2008 at 7:18 PM

Since this guy is such a moron, what are the people who would vote for him?

Bicyea on October 31, 2008 at 7:22 PM

I swear that mans a crack head

Kini on October 31, 2008 at 7:23 PM

Stuart Smalley is going down on November 4.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 7:23 PM

Thank God that Norm Coleman is going to win on Tuesday!! I think that McCain is going down :(… but here are the happy things to think about.

My honorary Congressman Mark Kirk retaining his seat (IL-10).
Congressman Murtha being defeated by the Russell brigades.
Sen. Coleman defeating Stuart Smalley.

I will be happy if all three of these things happen

Illinidiva on October 31, 2008 at 7:37 PM

Who does this guy think he is, some sort of comedian? Sorry, I couldn’t resist…

d1carter on October 31, 2008 at 7:37 PM

Franken is such the honorable guy, why doesn’t he run for high office? /s

tarpon on October 31, 2008 at 7:39 PM

Could you imagine Stuart Smalley and Cindy Sheehan running the country. I’m moving to the moon.

HornetSting on October 31, 2008 at 7:41 PM

I know what would be really funny, the first Democrats indicted for their roles in the destruction of our financial system…Monday.

Speakup on October 31, 2008 at 7:41 PM

No, Ed, don’t you eagerly await the long-anticipated sequal to “Death of A President”? What about all those c-list theaters?

What will they have to stage on Off-Off-Off-Broadway if not assasination pr0n for the Lefties?

McCain NEEDS to win, for the good of SoHo’s economy.

Techie on October 31, 2008 at 7:42 PM

Since this guy is such a moron, what are the people who would vote for him?

Bicyea on October 31, 2008 at 7:22 PM

The same people who still talk to pollsters (and don’t lie).

Count to 10 on October 31, 2008 at 7:43 PM

I know what would be really funny, the first Democrats indicted for their roles in the destruction of our financial system…Monday.

Speakup on October 31, 2008 at 7:41 PM

I heard a snippet on Hannity about Sen. Dodd being investigated about his sweetheart deal with Countrywide. Anyone know anything about this? I hope they get Barfey Frank and all the rest…on Monday.

HornetSting on October 31, 2008 at 7:43 PM

Just once, indictments and arrests could come before an election, now, is good.

Speakup on October 31, 2008 at 7:48 PM

I swear that mans a crack head

Kini on October 31, 2008 at 7:23 PM

Come on, that’s just stinkin’ thinkin’, as Stuart Smalley would say.

VanPalin on October 31, 2008 at 7:48 PM

You know who’s an unfunny loser? Al Franken.

Y-not on October 31, 2008 at 7:57 PM

Since we have sunk so low in the definition of “art” (effigy of Sarah Palin) or “comedy” (this drivel) is there any turning back?

tru2tx on October 31, 2008 at 7:59 PM

The Secret Service doesn’t have a sense of humor when it comes to talking about killing a president. And as these men are paid to take a bullet for the president, they shouldn’t. I wonder if Franken would make such a joke if his audience were secret service agents.

rbj on October 31, 2008 at 8:00 PM

Doggone it, he’s not good enough to be a
senator, and people don’t like him.

Mulligan on October 31, 2008 at 8:00 PM

A face like a blowfish getting a colonoscopy.

profitsbeard on October 31, 2008 at 8:00 PM

The worst thing about living in Minnesota isn’t the gawd-awful cold, the gigantic mosquitos or the crappy football, it’s being humiliated first by Jesse Ventura and now by Al Franken. The only saving grace is that we are a very blue state, so people can see first hand what it’s like when you live “Liberals Gone Wild” every damn day.

Bruno Strozek on October 31, 2008 at 8:04 PM

Al Franken & Barney Frank should hook-up!

christene on October 31, 2008 at 8:04 PM

profitsbeard on October 31, 2008 at 8:00 PM

Holy crap, don’t do that! I almost choked on my spit.

Buford Gooch on October 31, 2008 at 8:05 PM

Deeply damaged goods.

Hening on October 31, 2008 at 8:24 PM

Through the kitchen, eh? Like Sirhan Sirhan, Robert Kennedy’s assassin, to whom a book (Prairie Fire) was dedicated by some guy who lives in Barack “Steve” Obama’s neighborhood.

So essentially all the asshats are connected. Blair’s Law. And one of its chief examples is about to become either our president or the cause of the biggest riots since who knows when.

raybury on October 31, 2008 at 8:24 PM

What a pathetic country we have become, BDS appears terminal!

dmann on October 31, 2008 at 8:31 PM

If Minnesota elects this jerk, they’ll deserve all of the misery and hardship they’ll be put through — much worse than what’s happening now. It’s the rest of us poor innocents that Franken-stein’s going to screw over that’ll have to pay.

rmgraha on October 31, 2008 at 8:42 PM

This is beyond poor taste, particularly for a supposed liberal Democrat. Sirhan Sirhan shot Bobby Kennedy in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel where he was speaking to his supporters following his victory in the California primary.

rokemronnie on October 31, 2008 at 8:46 PM

Wow. You yahoos are dessssssssssssperate.

Dave Rywall on October 31, 2008 at 8:46 PM

Through the kitchen, eh? Like Sirhan Sirhan, Robert Kennedy’s assassin, to whom a book (Prairie Fire) was dedicated by some guy who lives in Barack “Steve” Obama’s neighborhood.

Holy shit, I just got that.

Minnesota, for God’s sake don’t elect such a person to represent you!

drunyan8315 on October 31, 2008 at 9:00 PM

Wow. You yahoos are dessssssssssssperate. – Dave Rywall on October 31, 2008 at 8:46 PM

Wow. You trolls are panicked. Then again, maybe not. Is the Obama campaign paying you by the hour or by the post? Because if you are not getting paid for this, you really are a pathetic loser.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 9:03 PM

Rywall, what did Franken mean then?

Tell us why Franken said exactly what he said, please.

Go ahead.

drunyan8315 on October 31, 2008 at 9:04 PM

Have Franken and Teddy ever appeared together at a Dem event? And was it before, or after, Franken made the “kitchen in the basement” comment?

These people creep me out.

drunyan8315 on October 31, 2008 at 9:09 PM

you really are a pathetic loser.

Close… he’s a Canadian liberal. Pretty much the same thing, actually.

Drunken Angry Clown on October 31, 2008 at 9:12 PM

Dave Rywall on October 31, 2008 at 8:46 PM
Straight forward question Dave, what are you trying to accomplish with your “unique” perspective commenting on a conservative site?

dmann on October 31, 2008 at 9:22 PM

Rywall, what did Franken mean then?

Tell us why Franken said exactly what he said, please.

Go ahead.

drunyan8315 on October 31, 2008 at 9:04 PM
—–
You are officially the most dense and literal person on the planet. Congratulations.

Dave Rywall on October 31, 2008 at 9:30 PM

You are officially the most dense and literal person on the planet. Congratulations. – Dave Rywall on October 31, 2008 at 9:30 PM

You are in no position to be throwing stones, Dave.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 9:51 PM

al-Queda?

Tzetzes on October 31, 2008 at 9:59 PM

Civil Norm Coleman beating uncivil Franken will be almost as satisfying as Dino Rossi winning the Washington Governorship again and getting to actually serve the term this time because over 200,000 ineligible voters were pitched off the rolls after the 2004 robbery.

KW64 on October 31, 2008 at 10:00 PM

Wow. You yahoos are dessssssssssssperate.

Excuse me, Dave Drywall? Conservatives are “desperate”? Naw, you Dems are the ones who are desperate. You’re so desperate, the best you Democrats can muster to represent the state of Minnesota is a washed-up comedian/talk show host who wants to be seen as a patriot but jokes about Islamist terrorists killing the President. And you ‘rats have the nerve to slime Michele Bachmann for calling people with anti-American attitudes “anti-American?”

I’m pretty maddog sure you wouldn’t think that was funny if Obama was President — not only because you are doubtless an Obamabot, but because you people can’t even joke about him. Jokes about Jesus? No problem! Jokes about Jews? Why not? But you can’t joke about Obama. Ohhhh, noooo. There’s nothing funny about him. He’s special. Can’t even talk about those Dumbo ears. (Oops…please don’t look into my DMV file!) But joking about killing a Republican POTUS? That’s a kneeslapper!

Standards? No standards needed anymore — if you can win by pulling the wool over the eyes of people nearly blinded with seething hatred for Republicans, that’s all you ask of your candidates. I wasn’t a fan of the policies of Paul Wellstone, but from what I saw and heard of him, he wasn’t a two-faced jackass like Schumer and Rangel and Frank and Reid and Pelosi and Franken. I would think either party would be ashamed to call that nincompoop their own, but if one party is willing to do so, it’s sure enough yours. Absolutely pathetic.

Franken has serious self-control problems that — unlike John McCain — he has not worked out. On top of that, we know Franken’s not a patriot according to Joe Biden. Why? Because he was a tax cheat! Now THAT’S funny!

L.N. Smithee on October 31, 2008 at 10:03 PM

Bruno Strozek on October 31, 2008 at 8:04 PM

Yeah but Bruno, we both know that the people who live nearest the tallest buildings here think this is the People’s Paradise, and refuse to hear otherwise.

I hopehopehope this nugget hits the MN airwaves stat. Franken is running ads whining that Norm bought a suit at Neiman Marcus. The last time I checked, it wasn’t against any law to purchase clothing at the store of one’s choice. If Franken is stooping to this level, he deserves to lose, and lose large.

Blue-eyed Infidel on October 31, 2008 at 10:13 PM

Franken is a satirist!????????

Franken running for public office is funny (in a Halloween way), otherwise……eh.

GarandFan on October 31, 2008 at 10:45 PM

Canadian liberal

A two-time loser LOL….the only thing worse would be a French Canadian liberal….let’s roll.

ex-Democrat on October 31, 2008 at 11:22 PM

Franken is sick. Cannot believe he is running for office. Can’t believe he has friends!

sheebe on October 31, 2008 at 11:57 PM

And how about his lame attempt at sign language….isn’t that about the same as Rosie mimicing asians with her “ching chong ching” line? If I had to communicate using sign language, I’d consider his “funny” way of signing as insulting as hispanics found the Frito Bandito and American Indians found the tribe on F-Troop.

heddly_lamar on November 1, 2008 at 12:08 AM

Hedy, I can assure you that Deaf people who use American Sign Language to communicate won’t find Al Franken funny and the majority (as it seems) of Deaf people tend to be mostly Democrats anyway.

I already addressed that in my Deaf Republicans 2008 blog about that grating video and was able to identify who the other idiot was that was laughing along with Al Franken in that YouTube video.

Kokonut on November 1, 2008 at 12:14 AM

I’ve seen this clip before and FYI, it’s from a fiction film. It was in a bad low-budget movie called Conventioneers. The sign language guy is a hard-core lefty who gets a job to do the sign language translation for the President’s acceptance speech. All his lefty friends want him to use the opportunity to protest the President, but he chickens out because he needs the money. The film included documentary footage from the Republican convention, including some interviews. This clip runs at the end. So presumably the actor told Franken about the plot and mentioned his character was thinking of ways to protest the President, and Franken’s idea was to assist an AQ assination attempt.

Heywood U. Reedmore on November 1, 2008 at 1:41 AM

Bruno Strozek on October 31, 2008 at 8:04 PM

Living in Minnesota is a bummer, dude.

And you forgot to mention taxes, lousy Baseball, and a university with “Golden Gophers” as a mascot.

Right_of_Attila on November 1, 2008 at 3:43 PM

Attila: FYI the Twinks don’t suck, but otherwise you are spot on…

Bruno Strozek on November 1, 2008 at 4:41 PM

Franken is a self-satirist.

aengus on November 2, 2008 at 1:28 AM