April 9, 2014

John Kerry's "poof speech."

Don't worry, Kerry lovers. He'll survive. He didn't use a homophobic slur. He said "Poof, that was sort of the moment. We find ourselves where we are."

He was talking about the Israeli/Palestinian difficulties, and the "poof" moment was "Israel’s announcement of 700 new housing units for Jewish settlement in an area of Jerusalem across the 1967 lines, in territory the Palestinians claim for a future state." In Israel, that's being called Kerry's "poof speech."

This does seem to open up the Israelis to a charge that they are using homophobic slur against Kerry.

33 comments:

SomeoneHasToSayIt said...


The Obama administration is clown cars, all the way down. The next Republican President is going to inherit a world-wide mess like no other.

Thanks, Obama voters!

The Drill SGT said...

"Israel’s announcement of 700 new housing units for Jewish settlement in an area of Jerusalem across the 1967 lines

actually no. Its in the area called Gilo, which is across the 1949 cease fire lines, but not across the 1967 lines.

It is majority Jewish. The "settlement" is an apt building for immigrant Jews

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

This does seem to open up the Israelis to a charge that they are using homophobic slur against Kerry.

I really hope that was an attempt at humor.

chuck said...

I think it is a reference to Kerry's hair style.

LawGuy5000 said...

As there were still two names that failed to elicit a response by the fifth week into the semester, Coleman, in the sixth week, opened the session by asking, "Does anyone know these people? Do they exist or are they spooks?" . . .

"I was referring to their possibly ectoplasmic character. Isn't that obvious? These two students had not attended a single class. That's all I knew about them. I was using the word in its customary and primary meaning: 'spook' as a specter or a ghost. I had no idea what color these two students might be. I had known perhaps fifty years ago but had wholly forgotten that 'spooks' is an invidious term sometimes applied to blacks. Otherwise, since I am totally meticulous regarding student sensibilities, I would never have used that word. Consider the context: Do they exist or are they spooks? The charge of racism is spurious. It is preposterous. My colleagues know it is preposterous and my students know it is preposterous. The issue, the only issue, is the nonattendance of these two students and their flagrant and inexcusable neglect of work. What's galling is that the charge is not just false—it is spectacularly false."

Philip Roth, The Human Stain

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Michael said...

You should ditch that Urban Dictionary, Professor. On the entire God's green earth you have to be the one and only person who would make that connection to the use of the word "poof."

Does the urban dictionary define onomatopoeia?

Nonapod said...

To be fair to Kerry even under the best of circumstances achieving any traction with the whole Israeli/Palestinian thing is slightly more difficult than threading a needle while riding a unicycle down a mountain through a swarm of Africanized bees. But everyone knows that, so why is there all this pressure to get something done now? I assume it has to do with this administrations long list of various foreign policy failures up until now.

Iapetus said...

Thank goodness the Israelis didn't accuse Kerry of being light in his loafers.

Bob Boyd said...

Poof! The unicorn just disappeared.

Ann Althouse said...

Poof, the Magic Secretary of State
Lived by the sea
And frolicked on his wind-surfboard
In a land called…

(Parody process to be completed later.)

Brando said...

The Israelis and Arabs will make peace when they're both good and ready, and not one minute sooner. I don't see why each American president thinks he can magically make this happen, regardless of the amount of foreign aid we've been sending to both sides over the years.

Big Mike said...

Not a diplomatic utterance by America's top diplomat.

Sam L. said...

Only to enraged (aren't they all?) leftist homosexuals.

SomeoneHasToSayIt said...


Our clown Sec of State John F. Kerry
Used a word that can also mean fairy
Lacking help from his Muse
He insulted the Jews
Moe and Curly - we've found your new Larry!

CWJ said...

"Poof" meaning that Kerry is once again surprised that the rest of the world has interests that differ from his. This has been a personal characteristic of his dating back over 40 years. And yet he continued to be wafted up whenever the dems got the chance to preserve or promote him.

Must be the hair!

traditionalguy said...

The pre 1967 lines divided Jerusalem and kept Jews out of the old city Temple area.

And the lines were actually the 1949 Truce line that ended the 1947 War between 500,000 Jews with small arms and six Arab Armiees armed with British military weapons that ended in a stalemate.

Obama and his anti semite gang assert a strange claim that they can verbally erase the Israeli victories in 1967 and 1973 Arab wars and make old city Jerusalem exclusively Arab again.

It has always been and will always be a fight for sovreignty Old city Jerusalem.

But the Jews' motto, "Never Again" means the resolve to never lose old city Jreusalem again.

chrisnavin.com said...

But for this one Israeli transgression, peace was just about to happen.

Shucks!

Why do people hate peace?

exhelodrvr1 said...

The slur is not "poof" - it's "poofter"

That's as ludicrous as thinking someone might mistake "niggardly" for a racial slur!

CWJ said...

Brando@1:30

Exactly. The US approach to middle east peace has been no more sophisticated than Rodney King's "Can't we all just get along."

I'm no slacker in deriding Jimmy Carter, but the Egyptian-Israeli peace treary was and still is, for the time being, a major coup!

RecChief said...

poof is a homophobic slur?

So all those times, in my single digit years, when I did magic tricks and said "POOF!" because I didnt' have flash powder, it was a homophobic slur?

Jesus, don't tell Sam Yagan.

Illuninati said...

Althouse said:
"This does seem to open up the Israelis to a charge that they are using homophobic slur against Kerry." vs. the article:
"“Poof, that was sort of the moment,” Mr. Kerry said. “We find ourselves where we are.”"

Sorry Ms. Althouse but I don't follow you here. In the article it appears that Kerry used the word poof first.

Incidentally, it appears that there have been no meaningful negotiations for years. Most Muslims believe that Allah demands the destruction of Israel as a Jewish state and that all Jews must be reduced to dhimmis. There are a Muslims who believe that Allah originally gave the land to the Israel but they believe that Jews who do not accept Islam are apostates and have forfeited their rights to the land. Since Muslims believe they must follow Allah, they can not rest until the state of Israel is destroyed and the Jews are defeated and killed or reduced to dhimmis.

the wolf said...

"Goof" would have been more accurate

ddh said...

The French-speaking Kerry ought to know that each language has its own sound effects and that people often laugh at onomatopoeia from foreign languages. But then, Kerry isn't very bright, and he may be getting used to being laughed at.

Ann Althouse said...

"The slur is not "poof" - it's "poofter" That's as ludicrous as thinking someone might mistake "niggardly" for a racial slur!"

Google this:

Secretary I've had enough of this. I am not a courtesan. (moves round to front of the desk, sits on it and crosses her legs provocatively)
Biggles Oh, oh, 'courtesan', oh aren't we grand. Harlot's not good enough for us eh? Paramour, concubine, fille de joie. That's what we are not. Well listen to me my fine fellow, you are a bit of tail, that's what you are.
Secretary I am not, you demented fictional character.
Biggles Algy says you are. He says you're no better than you should be.
Secretary And how would he know?
Biggles And just what do you mean by that? Are you calling my old fictional comrade-in-arms a fairy?
Secretary Fairy! Poof's not good enough for Algy, is it? He's got to be a bleedin' fairy. Mincing old RAF queen. (sits at the desk)

R. Chatt said...

I didn't see the speech but I can visualize Kerry saying "poof," gesturing with a dramatic toss of his long, elegantly manicured fingers.

Michael K said...

Kerry should be able to put that "poofter" slur to rest with the evidence that he is able to fuck rich women to the point where they give him $7 million sailboats. He is probably the model for the statement by what's his name on CNN that his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, described a lover as a "Baryshnikov of cunnilingus."

Phil 3:14 said...

Rule #7, No poofdas!

MisterBuddwing said...

Google this:

Better yet, watch this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdCQwigh6H8

Lee Merrick said...

CWJ

Anwar Sadat made that Israeli- Egyptian peace agreement and we know what happened to him.

cubanbob said...

The Secretary of State of The United States Of America has to involve himself in a small housing project in a foreign land? Say it ain't so.

Smilin' Jack said...

Don't worry, Kerry lovers.

Just light up a fag and relax.

Paul said...

Just case Palestinians claim for a future state that area does NOT make it so.

Maybe they should claim part of Syria or Egypt or even Lebanon for their state.