Politician Cruises Into Rough Waters

It turns out that there’s a reason most politicians shouldn’t tell jokes: Even when then wind up getting a laugh, they often wind up regretting it. And while former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown probably wishes he’d never played the funny man during a recent cruise he and his family took, we couldn’t help thinking the whole story is kinda awesomely hysterical.

(Stratham, NH, 07/02/14) Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney endorsed NEw Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown at Scamman's Bittersweet Farm in Stratham, NH on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Staff Photo by Nancy Lane

You see, while sailing on the <i>Norwegian Dawn</i> from Boston to Bermuda recently, Brown and his wife, Gail Huff, were selected to take part in that ship’s version of the classic TV show, The Newlywed Game. And according to a report in the Boston Globe, they wound up being asked one of the more common (and notorious) questions from that show’s history: “What’s the most unusual place you and your spouse ever made whoopee?”

Fans of the show (or TV historians) will recall the infamous clip in which, when asked that question, a woman responds… well, see for yourself…

Fortunately for Brown and his spouse, their answers weren’t quite so legendary! When it came time to guess how his wife had responded, the former politico first responded a golf course, then an airplane, both of which his wife said were wrong. Finally, he suggested the answer might be that they made whoopee in his office at the United States Senate… adding with a grin, “That’s right, and you all paid for it!”

The crowd went wild, the cruise continued and that was the end of the story.

Until, that is, the newspaper called to confirm the humorous story and was told by Brown that while the tale was true, the answers supposedly had been provided to him by the cruise director. When the conversation inevitably led to whether any of the answers were true, Brown “politely — and rather abruptly — ended the conversation.”

But wait, there’s more!

The paper reports Brown then called back of his own volition to clarify that it had been a cruise with his family, everyone had known he was joking and it was all in good, clean fun. Oh, and no, he and his wife hadn’t actually… er… given the public a little extra bang for their buck.

We don’t know about you, but all this talk about making whoopee has us in the mood for… a little Ella Fitzgerald! (What did you think we were gonna say?)

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