Bad jokes are a traditional part of any roast. But Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr.’s quip at a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast about assassinating President Obama went too far. McDonald has since tried to defend it as humor. He should simply apologize.
In the punch line of one of McDonald’s jokes, delivered before Republicans at the Scituate Country Club, the sheriff said the ghost of President Abraham Lincoln visited Obama and advised him on how to improve the country: “Go to the theater.” (Lincoln was assassinated at a theater.)