Friday, March 30, 2007

The Great Pumpkin Speaks

Wow, you know you've screwed up if you're a republican and the Moonie Times takes a shot at you. Well, that's exactly what happened when Ohio's king of bad tans chose to speak at a ceremony presenting the Tuskegee Airmen the Congressional Medal Of Honor. From the Washington Times:

During his short speech to those in attendance, [John] Boehner six times mispronounced the group's name as the "Tusk-E-gee,'' eliciting audible groans from the front to the back of the Capitol Rotunda. One woman standing in front of me leaned to her companion and whispered, "This is so embarrassing, and he's from my state."

Perhaps making matters worse, almost all of Boehner's speech focused on the general accomplishments of American forces in World War II, paying little direct respect to those in the room.

As if to remove any doubt about the verbal kerfuffle, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took the stage and began his speech by pronouncing the group's name correctly, while making a clear, if passing, glance in Boehner's direction. Immediately afterward, the entire crowd broke into applause at the correction.

Between this guy and Jean Schmidt, I'm sometimes embarrassed to tell people I'm from Ohio. I mean, forget party lines, why have we repeatedly elected two of the stupidest people in the Congress? Hopefully that is starting to change.

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