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White House scrubs National Security Adviser’s ‘greedy Jew’ joke from transcript

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posted on Apr, 26 2010 @ 09:47 AM

President Obama's National Security Adviser James Jones told a joke stereotyping Jews as greedy merchants to a Washington policy forum Friday night.

The remark -- little-noticed except in the New York-based Jewish newspaper The Forward -- drew laughter and applause but raised more than a few eyebrows among those in attendance.

In fact, the White House left the joke out of Jones' official speech transcript, "which conveniently began a couple of minutes into the speech."

Jones was speaking to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a pro-Israel thinktank. According to the Forward, the Institute was founded by Jewish donors.

Who was he trying to impress with this joke? Or was he intentionally provoking the Jews? Apparently he has been criticized in the past for making remarks about Jews.
And like the article says, this entire part of his speech was removed from the official transcript that has been released.

[edit on 26-4-2010 by webpirate]

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