06/12/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Obama's Pirate Joke: Axelrod's Idea, Speechwriter Wore Costume

Pity the poor historian a couple hundred years from now, at a loss to figure out why Barack Obama, an American president at the start of the 21st century, was photographed meeting in the Oval Office with - a pirate.

What kind of unexplained policy initiative was being played out in this photo, the historian might wonder, perhaps confusing it for something other than what it was: a gag - one of dozens - for the president's remarks at the White House Correspondent's Dinner.

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