Thursday, September 9, 2010
President Ronald Reagan's Polish Italian Mafia Duck Joke
More than 30 years ago, several members of the fourth estate took Ronald Reagan to task for having told a joke about an Italian, a Pole and a duck. At that time, candidate Reagan apparently felt that the Poles, the Italians and other ethnic Americans could take a joke: Reagan won in a landslide. The joke goes like this: how do you tell the Polish guy at a cockfight? He’s the guy who brings a duck. How do you tell the Italian guy? He’s the guy who bets on the duck. How do you tell that the mafia’s running the cockfight? The duck wins.