Between encouraging all Americans to embrace the challenge of "winning the future" and telling everyone what life is going to be like when sentient, high-speed trains start roaming the countryside in packs, President Obama managed to slip a joke into his State of the Union address last night. It is about government inefficiency and fish, and is embedded below. We're not ruining anything when we say the punchline is "smoked salmon." On Twitter, those who heard the gag live struggled to piece it back together:
Wow, what a speech. He even did a lox gag.
I did not see a salmon joke coming. Borsht Belt!
Lox of love in the chamber for the smoked salmon joke.
Secretary Lox, not Locke, should be in charge if smoked salmon
Obama Calls Out 'Axis of Lox': Interior Department, the Commerce Department and a mystery third agency
Now taking high speed rail from Columbia Heights to Georgia Avenue. Expecting some lox on board.
Obama's smoked salmon joke was blatant pandering for the Jeremy Piven vote #tcot
"Lox roflcopter w/ no engine lollllllll!" #fakebidentweets
Joe Lieberman would be a great candidate to head up the consolidated salmon regulator. Lox for all!
So, through Twitter I learned tonight that "lox" & "smoked salmon" are the same thing. The world is a little more boring now.
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