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Haley Barbour’s Press Secretary Resigns After Joke About Japan Disaster

Dan Turner, the press secretary to Mississippi governor Haley Barbour (pictured), has stepped down from his role after it was revealed that he made jokes about the ongoing disasters in Japan in the daily email he sends out to Barbour’s staff and cohorts.

The joke was a parenthetical noting that Otis Redding’s popular song “Sittin’ on (The Dock of a Bay)” is “not a big hit in Japan right now.”

And it isn’t the first time Turner’s jokes have raised eyebrows. Politico notes that he’s also made jokes about former attorney general Janet Reno‘s gender and other topics probably best left for beer hopping with friends, not a professional email:

In 1993: Janet Reno was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become the first female attorney general. (It took longer to confirm her gender than to confirm her law license.)

1982 – Jamaica issued a Bob Marley commemorative stamp. (Actually, it was a combination stamp and tiny rolling paper.)

1998 – Khmer Rouge leaders apologized for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed 1 million lives. (“Oops. My bad,” hardly seems sincere.)

Perhaps Turner will join the former voice of the Aflac duck, Gilbert Gottfried, in pondering their mutual fate in 140 characters or less.

h/t Huffington Post

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