It was just a harmless joke… right?
If a sitting president appears to openly and brazenly break the laws surrounding the solicitation of super PAC money, this very same media dutifully report but refuse to talk about it:
Speaking at a fundraiser hosted by the famous rapper and singer couple Jay-Z and Beyonce, President Barack Obama made comments, seemingly in jest, asking guests to help out his campaign against Republican nominee Mitt Romney by giving $10 million to outside efforts to help him retain the White House.
"We don’t need to match these folks dollar for dollar. We can’t. I mean, if somebody here has a $10 million check — I can’t solicit it from you, but feel free to use it wisely," Obama said to the room full of guests. The transcript of the event notes that guests laughed both after he mentioned the $10 million check and at the conclusion of his sentence.
The comments are notable because candidates and government officials are prohibited from soliciting checks for super PACs….
This is a sitting president of the United States wink-winking at the law.