Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad went comedic while speaking to Columbia University students. Well, at least he gave it a shot…
When Ahmadinejad, speaking in Farsi, actually tried to crack a joke, it drew no laughter, although maybe the nuance was lost in translation.
“Let me tell a joke here,” Ahmadinejad said. “I think the politicians who are after atomic bombs, or testing them, making them, politically they are backward, retarded.”
The crowd seemed uncertain how to react. Some applauded that pacifist sentiment, others seemed befuddled by the insensitive use of the word retarded.
Maybe letting him speak wasn’t such a bad idea after all.