Archive for the ‘insult’ Category

Open Microphone Insult? Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell: Obama Cabinet Pick Has “No Life”

December 4, 2008

A note to all politicians: if you’re speaking next to a microphone, be careful what you say. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell may wish he thought about that while he was having a conversation near the lectern at the National Governors Conference in Philadelphia Tuesday.


In video obtained by CNN, Rendell was discussing Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano — President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Homeland Security Department — and said she has excellent qualifications for the job since she “has no family.”

Ed Rendell

“Janet’s perfect for that job. Because for that job, you have to have no life. Janet has no family. Perfect. She can devote, literally, 19-20 hours a day to it,” said Rendell, whose comments were picked up by the open mic.
Rendell apologized for the comments Wednesday and said, “What I meant is that Janet is a person who works 24/7, just like me.” But in a commentary the night….

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Back biting over Barack Obama’s Treasury Secretary gives him (first? another?) headache

November 9, 2008

Since Tuesday night’s terrific triumph at the polls and the euphoria that followed, Barack Obama has met reality squarely: he accidentally insulted Nancy Reagan, drew condemnation over his comments from Iran and concerned mumblings from Israel, Russia’s Medvedev wants an “early” meeting to discuss planned missile defenses in Poland and the Polish president says Obama promised to finish the missile project while the Obama camp says the President-Elect made “no commitment.”  Now Mr. Obama has to select a Treasury Secretary  and a Secretary of State from among a cast of well qualified and eager experts….


Barack Obama is wrestling with “back biting” and clashing egos as he tries to find a Treasury Secretary to help him pilot the US out of economic meltdown.

By Tim Shipman in Washington
The Telegraph (London)

Disagreements among senior Democrats and members of his team over who he should pick has given the President-Elect a wake up call about the treacherous partisan waters he now has to navigate, according to those familiar with the discussions.

Mr Obama used a national radio address yesterday to reiterate his support for a new $100bn “rescue plan for the middle class” and warned: “We are facing the greatest economic challenge of our lifetime.”

Stacks of U.S. one hundred dollar notes are piled up after counting ... 

But despite the hopes of some aides that he would be able to name a Treasury Secretary in the first few days after the election, Mr Obama has found that he has to spend longer conisdering his decision after being bombarded by aggressive lobbying for the main candidates.

It is the President-Elect’s first taste of real dissent after having his views accepted without equivocation on the campaign trail.

Steven Clemons, senior fellow at the New America Foundation, a centre-left think tank, said “policy and personality battles” have broken out over the Treasury and defence portfolios, as well as selection of a Secretary of State, the senior foreign affairs post.

“Tension, backbiting, and jostling for position is fraying the nerves of many who are highest on the list of candidates Obama is considering for senior positions,” he said.

Time is pressing. The US economy shed another 240,000 jobs in October, the tenth month in a row, and the big three car manufacturers experienced a sales slump of 32 percent, to their lowest level since 1991. Ford, General Motors and Chrysler are now asking for a $25bn government bail out of their own.

But Democrat power brokers are split over the two frontrunners for the Treasury job. Lawrence Summers, who held the post under Bill Clinton, has influential support and is also pushing hard for the job. But he is blamed by many for the financial deregulation which contributed to the recent Wall Street collapse.

Lawrence Summers
Lawrence Summers was Secretary of the Treasury for Bill Clinton for about a year….

Feminist groups are horrified by his record as president of Harvard University, where Mr Summers suggested that women were inherently less good at maths than men.

Kim Gandy, the president of the National Organisation of Women, complained last week: “It’s very important that whoever is in key positions understands the importance of women to this economy.

“I do wonder whether if his had instead been a comment or an opinion about African Americans having less capacity for math and science, would he be on anybody’s short-list.”

Ms Gandy said she is lobbying Mr Obama to choose one of the female economists, Laura D’Andrea Tyson or Sheila Bair.

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Naughty Phone Prank Brings Down BBC Stars

October 30, 2008

Even if you make $10Million a year, saying sex talk while broadcasting and insulting others may not work for you….

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By Kevin Sullivan
Washington Post Foreign Service
Thursday, October 30, 2008; Page A18

LONDON, Oct. 29 — Junior high-school boys everywhere, listen up: One highly paid BBC personality was forced to quit and another was suspended Wednesday for making a prank phone call using dirty words.

The two radio and TV stars, Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand, have been subjected to a public flogging all week on TV news and radio talk shows and on the front pages of British newspapers.

British radio and TV personality Russell Brand resigned yesterday after he and colleague Jonathan Ross made an obscene phone call to actor Andrew Sachs that was later aired on Brand's BBC radio program.

Above: British radio and TV personality Russell Brand resigned yesterday after he and colleague Jonathan Ross made an obscene phone call to actor Andrew Sachs that was later aired on Brand’s BBC radio program. (By Matt Cardy — Getty Images) 

The Sun tabloid dismissed Brand and Ross as “sickos.” Prime Minister Gordon Brown took a few minutes away from meetings in Paris on the global financial crisis to reprimand their “inappropriate and unacceptable behavior.”

Brand, who recently starred in the Hollywood film “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and hosted this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, resigned from his BBC radio program late Wednesday after more than 27,000 people complained.

Ross, who earns almost $10 million a year as a radio and TV host, was suspended and apologized for his “juvenile and thoughtless remarks.” He will remain off the airwaves until top BBC bosses meet later this week. BBC chief Mark Thompson cut short a vacation to return to London to deal with the fallout.

Ofcom, Britain’s broadcasting regulator, is also investigating, and politicians across the spectrum have condemned Brand, Ross and the BBC.

The problems started Oct. 18, when BBC radio aired a show of Brand’s on which Ross and Brand made a phone call to Andrew Sachs, a 78-year-old actor famous for his role on the British TV comedy classic “Fawlty Towers.”

Brand, 33, had once had a romantic fling with Sachs’s granddaughter. On the prank call, he and Ross left a message on Sachs’s answering machine describing graphically what Brand had gotten up to with the young woman. After they hung up, the two said on air that they might have to make it up to Sachs by breaking into his house and performing a sex act on him.

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