November 26, 2002
CRANK UP THE ENOLA GAY:
Klein adviser calls Bush 'idiot'
: Media firm's VP apologizes for 'editing error' in memo on Ducros (Larry Johnsrude, November 26, 2002, The Edmonton Journal)
A media adviser to the Alberta government has apologized for referring to George W. Bush as "that idiot" in an internal memo commenting on the controversy over a senior federal aide who called the U.S. president "a moron."
On the heels of an ill-conceived remark that almost cost a Liberal official her job, Edmonton-based MediaWorks West was scrambling to apologize last week for using equally pejorative language about the U.S. president.
The memo, sent by e-mail to the Klein government's communications staff, referred -- in capital letters -- to "that idiot George Bush" in its assessment of last week's controversy.
In a followup memo, company vice-president Jodine Chase apologized for what she called an "editing error" in the previous e-mail.
MediaWorks West provides the provincial government's public affairs bureau, its communications branch, ongoing summaries of news coverage through its media monitoring service called SCRUM. The public affairs bureau falls under Premier Ralph Klein.
An update issued at 1 p.m. Friday read: "New! ChrŽtien refuses resignation of his communications director and says there is no evidence Franoise Ducros used the word 'moron' to describe THAT IDIOT (my caps) George Bush."
Ten minutes later, the company issued a correction and two hours later it circulated an apology under Ms. Chase's name.
This is just getting silly. Let's settle our differences the way great nations always have: with a war. Winner take all.
Posted by Orrin Judd at November 26, 2002 9:40 AM
Paul Celluci, the former mediocre GOP governor of Massachusetts (my state), got the Ambassador to Canada job. He probably thought it was a nice safe no effort job. Doesn't look like it now
What's hard about the job? We just tell the Canadians what we want, if they don't help us, then we ignore their wishes. You have to give in order to get, and if they don't want to give, they won't get. Sooner or later they'll want to get something, and then we can talk.
Canada, what a big disappointment. Canada, a once proud nation. Look at their involvement in the Second World War. Look at the Dieppe Raid. No more. It is just a pathetic country.
Orrin, A war? While we're fighting Al Qaida and Iraq? How about a hockey tournament, or in Alberta, a rodeo. Winner take all.
On the other hand....
Seems to me the only idiots and morons are those getting caught red handed looking like idiots and morons!
Clearly you've gone over the edge. How could you recommend a policy so insane that it might well make Qebec part of the US? "Winner take all
" indeed ... clearly the intelligent
policy would be "winner takes what it wants".
Who needs a war? We just announce that the US military umbrella no longer covers Canada and, by the way, the border is now closed. I give Canada about two weeks. I think, however, that statehood would be a bad idea; they tilt to far to the left. But the "Northern Territories" has a definate ring to it.
All my young single friends love Montreal because of its strip clubs and cheap beer.
What part of Canada do you want, Orrin?
Reminds me of a Mad parody of the Readers Digest about 40 years ago:
First article: We're Losing Idaho and Montana to the Russians .... the Alarmist Journal
Second article: Who wants them ...
If there really is global warming, I want all of it, so I can move north but still be an American.
My wife and I vacation in Canada every year. I really like the people
of Canada--it seems to me that the "idiots" are simply those in the government who are seeking to repudiate the proud heritage of that country in favor of some PC multi-culti obsession.
But if we are not careful I could see the U.S. going that way too. I would really like to have Alberta and the Prarie Provinces as states, though--and I think the average citizen in those provinces would prefer GWB to Chretien any day.
Somebody elects the idiots though.
I'm a US citizen of Canadian heritage, a wife of same background, both of us with family still in Quebec and Ontario. These foolish statements that reek of condescending superiority need some explaining for perplexed American readers. Canadians quite rightly see themselves as irrelevant, useless and insignificant on the world political stage--the only way to get attention is to echo sentiments of the European/American left. Not exactly wise, but at least this allows Canadians to feel like 'players.' The neighbor to the north increasingly sees its only in terms of opposition to everything American. It is the entire raison d'etre of Canada. The fact is (and we all know it but fear to say it aloud and confess our desire to be Americans) Canada is but a poor fearful cousin to the far more successful, vital and dynamic US. As the anger grows, so too does the immaturity and childishness of the statements: idiot, moron....the kind of stuff schoolkids say. The reason that Canadian 'intellectuals' are shocked at our outrage is because (rather idiotically) these dimwits believe they are accurately aping the words and attitudes of their closest ally--the Democratic Party of the US. Canadians hear and see this hostile language about the president emanating daily from the US -- and assume it is quite respectable. Canada has become a one party state with no opposition newspapers, magazines or television outlets. It's an intellectual gulag..all-left, all the time. They feel they can freely insult our president without contradiction or complaint. Who can blame them? All they ever read is anti-Bush, anti-US, pro-Democratic party cant, it doesn't quite register with Canadians that there is a Republican majority in the US...or that Bush is actually well-liked and admired.
Well, I have a Canadian daughter-in-law. I used to cover ice hockey. I understand, I think, why Canadians want to continue to be Canadians and not just occasionally quaint residents of Alta America.
Alta America -- excellent name for the new territory following annexation.