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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Obama to Bernie Mac: 'Clean up your act!'

It doesn't pay to be a Mac and try and go up against Obama. Bernie Mac was introducing Barack Obama at a Chicago fundraiser Friday night and decided to test the humor level of $2300/plate donors. It wasn't high enough for this joke:

"My little nephew came to me and he said, 'Uncle, what's the difference between a hypothetical question and a realistic question?"' Mac said toward the end of his routine. "I said, I don't know, but I said, 'Go upstairs and ask your mother if she'd make love to the mailman for $50,000."'

"Hypothetically speaking, we should have $100,000. But realistically speaking we live with two hos," Mac said, delivering the joke's punchline.

According to CNN, some people started asking him to leave the stage. He stuck it out, and introduced Obama. The candidate tried to be lighthearted, but he wasn't pleased with Mac's routine.

Obama called the comedian a "great friend." The Illinois senator also joked that Mac needs to "clean up [his] act."

"We can't afford to be divided by race. We can't afford to be divided by region or by class and we can't afford to be divided by gender, which by the way, that means, Bernie, you've got to clean up your act next time," he said. "This is a family affair. By the way, I'm just messing with you, man."

CNN says the campaign issued this statement afterwards: "Senstor Obama told Bernie Mac that he doesn't condone these statements and believes what was said was inappropriate," campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

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