Bernie Mac Makes ‘Inappropriate’ Jokes at Obama Fundraiser

By Dotcomabc

Jul 12, 2008 10:50am

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports: Chicago native Bernie Mac may have been a little too loose with the jokes at a Barack Obama fundraiser Friday night, leading some ticket goers to heckle the comedian about his jokes about women at the presidential candidate’s event.

Mac introduced Obama for the $2,300-a-head fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago and opened with his typical humor.

"My little nephew came to me and he said, ‘Uncle, what’s the difference between a hypothetical question and a realistic question?’" Mac told the crowd, "I said, ‘I don’t know,’ but I said, ‘I’ll tell you what you do. Go upstairs and ask your mother if she’d make love to the mailman for $50,000.’”

The joke continued with the mother saying she’d sleep "with anyone" for $50,000 — and then continuing to include Mac’s daughter hypothetically answering the question in the same way.

"Hypothetically speaking, we should have $100,000. But realistically speaking we live with two hos,” Mac said delivering the punch line that solicited a few hecklers in the political crowd.

"It’s not funny. Let’s get Barack on," someone shouted from the crowd.

Mac introduced Obama shortly after, and Obama called him a "great friend."

Near the end of Obama’s remarks, the Illinois Senator included a rebuke of his comedian friend in a regular stump speech riff about divisions that still exist in America.

"We can’t afford to be divided by race. We can’t afford to be divided by religion, or by region or class. Or by gender. That means, by the way, Bernie you got to clean up your act. This is a family affair. … I’m just messing with you," Obama said.

The Obama campaign was equally quick to distance themselves from Mac’s off-color comments, with Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki saying, "Sen. Obama told Bernie Mac that he doesn’t condone these statements and believes what was said was inappropriate."

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