As some of you in the U.S. may know, there's a kind of big deal going on downtown today. It also seems to be bringing a lot of foot-in-mouth cases out of the woodwork. Here are some of the dumbest things I've heard today...
"Washington, D.C., a city that likes to think of itself as the center of the universe, truly is today. -- Uh ... the focus of the world's attention." Nice save, radio wonk.
"He's said a lot about Iraq and Afghanistan, but nothing's happened yet. Let's see how much patience the American people have." As of this post, he's been in office four hours and 37 minutes! What did you think was going to happen, there'd be a big red "FIX IT" button on the podium?
"Now he's in office, he can stop pretending to care about gays, the homeless, etc. 'cause he doesn't need them any more." 'cause surely nobody could actually care about those groups, could they? And courting the all-important homeless vote is such a sound strategy after all.
"Sixty years ago, a black man would not be able to eat in Washington." They all went out to the suburbs for that.
"History has changed forever." Now instead of being a record of events, it's a record of jellybean flavors.
"...nonbelievers..." Sadly, Mr. Prexi himself said the dumbest thing. If you want to give a shout-out to atheists, agnostics, secular humanists, or whatever, you'd be better off saying, y'know, "athiests, agnostics, and secular humanists," which are pretty neutral terms of fact. "Nonbeliever" is better than "Burn the heretics!" but still leaves a lot to be desired in the "positive connotation" depeartment.
Ah well. People are dorky. :) Good luck with the administration, Mr. President. I hope you both do well, and do good.