Quote of the Day

“Proud you’re here. Thanks for coming. You all enjoy yourself. Make sure you pick up all the trash after it’s over.”President Bush, to Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers, a New Orleans jazz band comprised of black musicians, on the occasion of their providing the entertainment at a barbecue on the South Lawn of the White House, the theme of which “was Mardi Gras, so everybody could enjoy memories of New Orleans being destroyed by the Bush Administration and then pretty much left in that same condition years later.”

Don’t get mad! Telling the negroes to “pick up all the trash” is hilarious! What—don’t you have a sense of humor???

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25 responses to “Quote of the Day

  1. ..to which Kermit responded: “Oh, you’re sending FEMA here too?”

  2. oddjob

    I don’t see how it makes sense to interpret that as telling the negroes to pick up the trash. He was addressing the guests, wasn’t he? Of course during such an address he acknowledged the musicians, but I don’t see why one should automatically assume the follow up comment was addressed to the band rather than the guests, not when he had already mentioned other people like Pelosi before getting to the musicians. (Video will clear this up, of course.)

  3. Jeff

    “Make sure you pick up all the trash after it’s over.”

    Does that include Dick, Karl and Georgie?

  4. Melissa McEwan

    He was addressing the guests, wasn’t he?

    Here’s the full exchange, which you can find in the official White House transcript, linked in the post:

    THE PRESIDENT: Kermit, come up here. Kermit, we’re proud to have you.

    MR. RUFFINS: Well, thanks for having us.

    THE PRESIDENT: Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers, right out of New Orleans, Louisiana. (Applause.)

    MR. RUFFINS: Thank you. Thanks for having us. We’re glad to be here.

    THE PRESIDENT: Proud you’re here. Thanks for coming. You all enjoy yourself. Make sure you pick up all the trash after it’s over. (Laughter.)

    If the comment wasn’t directed at Ruffins and his bandmates as some sort of “joke,” but was just coincidentally said “to everyone” while he had his arm wrapped around Ruffins’ shoulders and had just been addressing him directly, then at best it’s evidence of the president’s spectacularly tin ear.

  5. I’m just surprised he didn’t think they were lawn ornaments.

  6. JoshWatermanMN

    “Make sure you pick up all the trash after it’s over.”

    Maybe the President was asking the Secret Service to go out and collect his daughters, who were on yet another bender.

  7. Bush proves once again that it’s impossible for a person to make funny jokes if that person has not one bit of humanity within.

  8. Dr. Loveless

    Gah. I know he’s got Secret Service protection ‘n shit, but I’m really amazed no one’s decked him by now.

    (That was a joke, for you trolls out there.)

  9. oddjob

    Maybe the President was asking the Secret Service to go out and collect his daughters, who were on yet another bender.

    LOL!!!!

  10. Arkades

    The band should have retorted: “We’ll get right on that, as soon as you folks finish cleaning up the mess in NOLA. Heckuva job there, Bushie.”

  11. The husband and I were arguing last night about whether or not the rest of the world is aware that not all Americans thought that Dubya was a good idea, and not all Americans support the things he does, and etc. I was arguing the yes-they-know-and-forgive-us side.

    Jesus fuck, I hope I was right.

  12. I think everyone is being too hard on Bush here. Obviously he was expecting a Paul Whiteman cover band to perform, and when what looked like “the help” showed up, he got confused. That’s all.

  13. Dan

    that’s a s-t-r-e-t-c-h

  14. Melissa McEwan

    and when what looked like “the help” showed up, he got confused. That’s all.

    LOL … sob.

  15. It’s like we can’t even go a single day without something else happening!!

  16. And Ray Nagin got all kinds of flak for saying that Bush didn’t care about the needs of black people. It’s late, but hey, vindication is vindication. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think Bush wakes up in the morning thinking, “Hey, what can I do today to stomp down them coloreds?” He just doesn’t care. Black folks don’t enter his head.

    But Condoleeza Rice! Colin Powell! They’re black, right? Sure they are. But they’re useful to him (or were, up until he wasn’t). It’s a systematic thing — intent matters only up to a point. Outcome matters more. Bush never meant for tens of thousands of poor black folks from New Orleans to become internally displaced persons, but the policies of his administration made that happen anyway.

    Institutional racism is still alive and well, even if it’s declassé to call black folks niggers where someone might hear you.

    I’d get into the inspirin’ life stories of Oprah Winfrey and Christopher Gardner, but that’s another rant, and I’ve got to get to a meeting.

  17. Aly

    I don’t know if it was a race thing more than anything. It seemed to me like he meant it as if, “Don’t make a mess, hyuk hyuk.” A stupid joke, but I don’t see the meaning behind it as racist.

  18. Betsy

    I hate Bush about as much as anyone who hasn’t had a family member killed directly as a result of his incompetence.

    However. In this instance, he wasn’t addressing the band, but the crowd. If you go to the link and click on “video” in the right corner, you’ll see that after addressing Kermit, Bush releases him, Kermit walks away, Bush turns to the crowd and says, “You all enjoy yourself. Make sure you pick up all the trash after it’s over.”

  19. Lizard

    Dan, the point is that Bush has not earned himself one millimeter of leeway on the issue of racism, so nobody here is much inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt when he says stupid shit like this. Do you really think he’d have made the same comment to a group of rich Texas oilmen? At worst, the remark was racist; at best, it was–as usual–idiotic and condescending towards anyone he can’t identify as being Like Him.

  20. Lizard

    Amended after watching the video (thanks, Betsy)….

    Okay, so my take is a little different now. He was actually addressing the members of Congress and their spouses as though they were the hired help–and reveling in a picnic whose entire theme was appropriated from a city and culture he’s helped to destroy.

    That’s much better.

  21. Rottweiler

    Why in the name of God would ANYONE who loved and lost their New Orleans assist this monster with a soiree?

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