We've all heard the news about the tragic earthquake, and aftershocks, in Italy. And those of us in the US remember with great fondness the tragic mishandling of the after-effects of Hurricane Katrins, so it came as now surprise to me to read this quote from Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi speaking about the 17,000 Italians left homeless by Monday’s earthquake:
“They have medicaments. They have hot food. They have shelter for the night. Of course, their current lodgings are a bit temporary. But they should see it like a weekend of camping."
So, cruising the web this morning I came across other Let-Them-Eat-Cake statements form the past, or, as i like to call them, Asshattery of the Mouth.
Barbara Bush suggesting that Hurricane Katrina refugees would enjoy living in the Houston Astrodome: “So many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this—this [chuckles] is working very well for them.”
Tom DeLay to a group of evacuees after Hurricane Katrina: “Now, tell me the truth, boys, is this kind of fun?”
Sharon Stone after the Chinese earthquake: "Then all this earthquake and all this stuff happened, and I thought, is that karma? When you’re not nice, that the bad things happen to you?"
Charles Locke, CEO of the aerospace company Morton-Thiokol, the maker of the faulty rocket boosters on the Space Shuttle Challenger, which exploded in midair in 1986: "This shuttle thing will cost us ten cents a share this year."
Donald Rumsfeld on the looting that followed the American invasion of Iraq: “Stuff happens.”