In his more than 50-year career, comedian Don Rickles has been known to inject racism into his set, and his latest quip targeted President Obama. The 86-year-old was on hand to honor actress, Shirley MacLaine, at the AFI Life Achievement Awards, Thursday (June 7), where he used the platform to test a tasteless joke about the commander in chief. “I shouldn’t make fun of the blacks,” he said. “President Obama is a personal friend of mine. He was over to the house yesterday, but the mop broke.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, audience members were not receptive to the joke. Obama has been the focus of Rickles sets in the past. In 2008, he joked about Obama playing basketball in the White House, during an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman.
As the country’s first Black president, Obama is often the subject of racially insensitive comments. Last month, Congressman Joe Walsh has said that Obama was only voted into office because he’s Black.
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