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Crowd Laughs at Nuclear Threat to Chicago

Former U.N. Ambassador kids with conservatives

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    Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton had the crowd in stitches with his reference to obliterating Chicago.

    Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton, speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, had the audience in stitches with his comments about nuking Chicago.

    Referencing remarks made by Barack Obama on the campaign trail, Bolton claimed the then-candidate said he thought "Iran was a tiny threat." 

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    ThinkProgress.org reported that Bolton tried to up the fear quotient in the room by raising the prospect of an Iranian-sent nuclear attack on an American city." 

    “It’s [a] tiny [threat] compared to the Soviet Union,” Bolton said to the group, “but is the loss of one American city — pick one at random: Chicago — is that a tiny threat?”

    The audience erupted in cheers and laughter at the idea of Obama’s home city being obliterated.

    Unfortunately for Bolton, he got the then-candidate's quote wrong.  Speaking in Pendelton, Ore., on May 18 last year, Obama said "strong countries and strong presidents talk to their adversaries. That's what Kennedy did with Khrushchev. That's what Reagan did with Gorbachev. That's what Nixon did with Mao. I mean, think about it. Iran, Cuba, Venezuela -- these countries are tiny, compared to the Soviet Union. They don't pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us. And yet, we were willing to talk to the Soviet Union at the time when they were saying, 'We're going to wipe you off the planet.'" [YouTube Video]

    We surmise that must mean the joke... well, bombed.