On Friday, January 25th, on a night that was suppose to honor Turlock’s best and proudest citizens, the Best of Turlock 2013 event kicked off with a bang. Within minutes of taking the stage, the event’s master of ceremonies Marty (also known as Marti or Martin) Jakosa joked about assassinating the United States President Barrack Obama.
Jakosa went off script and made a “joke” about past presidents. From the video, it appears that Jakosa, with glee and enthusiasm, made his punch-line remark “How about you be like Abraham Lincoln and go to a play?” meaning that he wishes that President Obama be gunned down like Lincoln.
The joke brought about some applause and some boos and hiss. In which, Jakosa responded by saying that it’s a “cute joke.” Jakosa is white and is a known contributor to the Republican Party/candidate. He is employed by Foster Farms as a Human Resources Director, an executive position.
Joking about a president’s assassination should never be taken lightly. In November 2012, a Turlock woman made racist and disparaging remarks on her Facebook and Twitter page about the President and lost her Cold Stone Creamery job. The Secret Service made an investigation on the threat. And just recently, Manteca Police had to take action due to a threat that they received. They drove over 75 miles to detain a cab driver for making online threats to one of its finest officer. The Secret Service should not take this case lightly as this may constitute a serious threat.
According to the Foster Farms Dairy website, the company “value” working with “great people”. Great people do not make jokes about killing the president. If they don’t act on this disgusting, classless, tasteless joke, it shows that Foster Farms, including CEO Ron Foster, may feel the same way about President Obama.
In conclusion, Jakosa’s remark is anything but great. Perhaps next time, someone should inform Jakosa that a few knock, knock jokes works better.