He’s known as the consummate politician, but Bill Clinton’s instincts sometimes go haywire – like when he told a questionable Jewish joke to a group of stunned Jewish Republicans, according to a new book.
The joke – which Clinton reportedly told at the 2003 Preakness Stakes in Baltimore – describes two Jews walking by a church that is offering $100 to people who convert.
“Surely the former president of the United States is not about to tell an anti-Semitic story . . . This, of course, is exactly what he does,” reported Weekly Standard online editor Daniel Halpera, author of “Clinton, Inc.”
Abe, one of the Jews, takes the cash and promises to give half to his pal.
“Hey! Look at the new Catholic here,” Abe’s friend says. “You got my money?”
The recently converted Abe responds: “You…Jews. It’s all about the money, isn’t it?”
The joke fell flat, Halper said.