Sometimes I’m just flabbergasted. Y’know, I’m not one of these folks who think that simply being a Republican is a sign of poor character. I know plenty of very decent people with beliefs I find abhorrent – they’re just misguided. You can tell through their words and deeds that there’s more to them then screwed-up perspectives or unfortunate Gramscian hegemony.
Which is why things like this just leave be babbling like an idiot. I just can’t believe it. I saw a roundabout reference in the comments in kestrel’s heartfelt post below. I got a bad feeling and went searching…
So anyway, I found this in the coverage:
“I want to respect their privacy, their wishes as to how to structure an opportunity for Vermonters to properly thank Capt. Phillips,” Douglas said Thursday at his weekly news conference in Montpelier. “But I also made it clear to them that there has to be some opportunity because so many people across this state are excited about having him as a fellow Vermonter. They’re so proud of what he accomplished and the example that he set.”
OMG! WTF? I just… what can you… I mean…. holy crap…
Is he just badly socialized? Is he really that self-centered? He “want(s) to respect their privacy” but only to the point that it doesn’t interfere with his own PR???? Vermonters of all people aren’t going to demand an opportunity for a photo-op public event if the family doesn’t want it. Who does he think he is to “make it clear” to this man and his family that they have to put on a publicity show whether they like it or not?
Just how – by any definition or understanding of the term – is that “respecting” this man and his family????