According to a report with the lurid title Poland denies Barack Obama cannibal ‘joke’ in Britain’s Daily Telegraph. the Polish Foreign Minister tells jokes.

Actually, the smooth-talking, Oxford-educated former advisor to Rupert Murdoch, whom Wikiepdia descibes as Poland’s ‘point man for missile defense’, tells really crass jokes. Here’s an example:

Have you heard that Obama may have a Polish connection? His grandfather ate a Polish missionary.

Obama and SikorskiThe Telegraph further informs us:

A spokesman for the Polish foreign office conceded that Mr Sikorski had made the controversial comment, but denied that the foreign minister had intended to insult Mr Obama, whose father was Kenyan.”Mr Sikorski did not tell a racist joke,” said Piotr Paszkowski, the spokesman. “He was only giving an example of the unpalatable and racist ‘jokes’ that surround President Elect Obama.”

Ah, I must remember that. A very handy defense! Rather like the Conroy defense for browsing porn (“I wasn’t doing it for fun. I was checking out what should be banned”)

Apparently there are now:

“calls from (Polish) opposition politicians for an investigation to deter (sic) if the foreign minister broke anti-racism laws.”

How futile! Do these people really want to criminalize bad taste? It would wreck Poland’s tourism industry, for one thing. No more Brits at soccer games.

Obama, having survived trial by fire in the cauldron of US politics, can undoubtedly cope with serial silliness from European politicians, who seem determined to trash what remains of Europe’s reputation for sophistication.