General Jim Jones (Ret) opened a speech before a think tank using a little joke to break the ice. He broke more than just the ice, he broke a number of rules of etiquette for all government employees beginning with do not stray into racial or ethnic stereotypes. One would think somebody who reached the status of General and appointment to one of the highest and most sensitive positions in our government would know better than to tell a “Jew Joke”. Below is the video of the offending joke for those who just have to hear it to believe it, click here.
Gen, Jones has apologized for this faux pas. His apology was as follows; “I wish that I had not made this off the cuff joke at the top of my remarks, and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it.” Unlike his joke that was delivered in person, his apology was a written apology which leaves one wondering whether or not he ever even saw the apology or was it relegated to a lesser employee to formulate the proper sentiment. All I can say is, “So Sorry Gen. Jones but your apology as it stands, being written and not spoken so we can judge the emotional regret and veracity, lack the sincerity leaving the insult the possibility of living on.” Let us hope Gen. Jones takes the time to actually give voice to his words and express honest regret for his tasteless remarks.
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