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It's hard to tell whether Joan Rivers was joking when she said that President Obama is gay.

"Everybody knows," she said. And first lady Michelle Obama? "A tranny."

"A what!?" says a startled reporter.

Rivers turns to the camera with a straight face. "A transgender," she says clearly. "We all know."

Hoookay! What was that all about?

It happened Monday in New York as Rivers entered a bookstore to officiate at the gay wedding of two fans. When asked whether there would ever be a gay president, she said, "We already have it with Obama."

So, assuming she doesn't really believe this, does she think, as a professional comedian, that it's a successful comedy bit? She's in the midst of promoting her new book, Diary of Mad Diva,so maybe she thinks this will help?

Then again, it might just be par for the usual Rivers course: Offending is her comedic stock in trade, with a history of edginess too extensive to list here.

Just in the last few months she's feuded with Jennifer Lawrence, dissed Lena Dunham and made a joke at the expense of the victims in the infamous kidnapping/rape case in Cleveland.

And she's not apologizing.

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