May 4, 2010— -- The joke came and went with appropriate laughter at the White House Correspondent's Association Dinner Saturday night, but President Obama has now drawn fire for a crack that some believe shows a disregard for human life.
Seeing the Jonas Brothers sitting in the audience at the dinner, Obama joked:
"Sasha and Malia are huge fans, but boys, don't get any ideas. Two words for you: predator drones. You will never see it coming."
Criticism of Obama's line has grown in recent days, and writers on liberal Web sites have weighed in.
"It's funny, because predator drone strikes in Pakistan have killed literally hundreds of completely innocent civilians," Alex Pareene wrote, sarcastically, on Salon.com. "And now, the president is evincing a casual disregard for those lives he is responsible for ending by making a lighthearted joke."
Columnist Will Bunch of the Philadelphia Daily News tweeted, "Let's be honest, fellow progressives; we'd be all over Bush if he made the same 'predator drone' joke."
When Obama joked in 2005 about his inability to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, liberal critics, including, Terry McAuliffe, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee at the time, were quick to criticize.
So, our question to you today: Was President Obama's joke about ordering predator drone strikes on Jonas Brothers offensive?
ABC's Jake Tapper contributed to this report.