Sunday, February 06, 2011
Perhaps this hilarious yet also disturbing story reveals that the cultural divide that bedevils much of America also cleaves Washington's power elite:
Four-star Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli -- the No. 2 general in the U.S. Army -- says he is absolutely not offended that Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett mistook him for a waiter at a fancy Washington dinner this week and asked him for a glass of wine.
Apparently both generals and waiters have stripes on their pants. It actually does sound like the sort of thing that could happen to anybody.
That said, Valerie Jarrett is hardly anybody. She is a senior advisor to Barack Obama with a title -- "assistant to the president for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs" -- that suggests expertise in precisely such subjects as the identification of generals. How does the Intergovernmental Affairs czar -- of all people -- not instantly recognize the #2 general in the United States Army?
Perhaps they are not in frequent contact.
MORE: Good point:
It’s a good thing Sarah Palin didn’t make this mistake. Because if she did, it would be a univerally reported indicator that she’s an idiot and should never be allowed anywhere near issues of public policy. Luckily, since it was Valerie Jarrett, it’s all in good fun.
Had Valerie Jarrett channeled Senator Barbarz Boxer , when the General returned with the drink, eliciting a "Thank you" from Ms. Jarrett and a "You're welcome ma'am," from the General, Valerie Jarret might have replied something like this:
"Could you please not call me ma'am? My title is Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. I worked so hard to get that title, so I'd appreciate your using it. Thank you."
Her job title sounds like something out of Yes, Minister . I guess that "Sidekick" doesn't have the appropriate bureaucratic weight to it.
*laughs* Oh, my.
I'd heard about it, but only as gossip... gossip I was pretty sure was true, but still.
I'm still pretty sure my sister could tell a general from a waiter, and she doesn't do military stuff.....
Her title is funny, though.
(word verification: Mooloxy. I thought it looked like a punchline.)
How does the Intergovernmental Affairs czar -- of all people -- not instantly recognize the #2 general....
Why would conclude that? She's a highly intelligent woman. She knew what she was doing, and she did it anyway.
AVI, Senator Barbara Boxer was dead serious when she made such a statement. Dead serious libs don’t know how hilarious they sound.
Many times a commenter will write a parody of lib-speak, and get hammered by someone who thought the comment was made in a serious tone. It is difficult to distinguish between a parody of lib-speak and real actual dead sincere lib-speak.
For some reason, my previous comment got eaten, so I will try another way to get by the spammeister.