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White House Staffer Fancies Himself Another Wonkette, Now Has Plenty Of Time To Prove It

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It looks as if beloved “comedian” and derp volcano Steve Crowder is not the only hacky jokesterhitting the unemployment line this week. Yesterday a reporter for the latest casualty in Tina Brown’s long war against successful media properties broke the news that the White House has fired one Jofi Joseph for the crime of being a total smartass on Twitter. Hey Jofi, you should really leave that kind of bold career to professionals like Wonkette.


Jofi had what sounds like an important job. He was a director of the nuclear non-proliferation staff of the National Security Council, where he worked on negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program. In his spare time, he apparently liked to blow off steam by going all Mean Girls on Beltway figures. Jofi’s tweets, posted under the handle @natsecwonk (he deleted the account last week), read like what the Heathers would have written if they had all survived high school and moved to D.C. to work as Congressional aides. Naturally, people inside the Beltway loved it.

No one was safe from Jofi’s poison pen. Check out these examples of his wit:

“’Has shitty staff.’ #ObamaInThreeWords.”

“Was Huma Abedin wearing beer goggles the night she met Anthony Wiener? Almost as bad a pairing as Samantha Powers and Cass Sunstein....”

Oooo, Cass Sunstein burn! And Jofi, Huma Abedin could not have been wearing beer goggles because she is a known Muslim extremist, and therefore she abstains from all alcohol and alcohol-based eyewear.

For his part, Jofi did his best to sound contrite, emailing Politico to say

It has been a privilege to serve in this Administration and I deeply regret violating the trust and confidence placed in me […]

What started out as an intended parody account of DC culture developed over time into a series of inappropriate and mean-spirited comments.  I bear complete responsibility for this affair and I sincerely apologize to everyone I insulted.

Next time leave the parody to the experts. You don’t see us moonlighting as nuclear nonproliferation experts, do you? No city in South Carolina would be safe.

[Daily Beast / Politico]

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