Who Doesn’t Love a Salmon Joke?

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Tonight Obama's State of the Union speech touch on the need for a reorganization of government. And Sunday-morning bagel staple smoked salmon:


"We live and do business in the information age, but the last major reorganization of the government happened in the age of black and white TV. There are twelve different agencies that deal with exports. There are at least five different entities that deal with housing policy. Then there’s my favorite example: the Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they’re in freshwater, but the Commerce Department handles them in when they’re in saltwater. And I hear it gets even more complicated once they’re smoked."

How Borscht Belt! And Twitter loved it!

Immediately after the joke, every wanna-be fish comedian took to Twitter:

Atlantic senior editor Joshua Green
Salmon are gonna have to pony up some serious lobbying $$$ to block coming reforms #sotu

ABC senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper:
Salmon chanted evening

Keith Olbermann:
Just checked: Teddy Roosevelt included story of catching salmon w/his teeth +smoking it with a magnifying glass in his 1903 message #sotu

Feminist blogger Shelby Knox:
Bets: how long until @SarahPalinUSA gets all pissy on behalf of salmon? #sotu

Think Progress blogger Matt Yglesias:
Eager to see which Senate committee wants to give up jurisdiction in order to create consolidated salmon regulator.
AND:
Gay soldiers will win the future by riding high speed trains to salmon farms. #sotu

Fillmmaker Michael Moore:
Soon a fresh water salmon will sit next to a salt water salmon in the spirit of civility.

But what would the salmon say?