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Friday, May 04, 2007

Radio Iowa: Dodd and diaper service

Excerpted from this post at Radio Iowa

At nearly every gathering in which I have seen Connecticut Senator/Democratic presidential candidate Christopher Dodd give a speech or offer remarks, he has told the same joke. It's the one about how he is the only candidate who gets mailings from AARP and diaper services. This lets the white-haired Dodd, who will be 63 when he celebrates his next birthday at the end of this month, tell the crowd that he is the father of a two-year-old and a five-year-old. Dodd just told the joke over the noon hour during his appearance before a group of young Iowa Democrats, some of whom I presume have children. I just listened back to the tape and Dodd sort of raced through the joke, and I didn't hear any laughter. Checking the Des Moines phone book, there are no diaper services listed. I called directory information, and didn't find one that way, either. I called two laundry services in Des Moines and neither of the people who answered the phone had ever heard of being asked to launder cloth diapers. As Dodd was walking out of the restaurant where he had just given his 20-minute speech, followed by about 20 minutes of answering questions, I began asking about the joke. "You always tell that joke about the AARP and diaper services," I started.


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