Obama Smoked Salmon

Obama had a good State of the Union address, although it was long (as always). His best moment occurred as he quipped about government bureaucracy and used salmon as an example. Here is a transcript of the joke:

We live and do business in the Information Age, but the last major reorganization of the government happened in the age of black-and-white TV.  There are 12 different agencies that deal with exports.  There are at least five different agencies that deal with housing policy.  Then there’s my favorite example:  The Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they’re in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them when they’re in saltwater.  (Laughter.)  I hear it gets even more complicated once they’re smoked.  (Laughter and applause.)

Go have a look at the delivery.

“Obama Smoked Salmon” became a hot search item on the internet immediately. I wouldn’t be surprised if “salmon” gets to mean government mismanagement in the future.

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