How To Apologize As Poorly as you Govern
Hard to believe that the son of a Nazi police chief has a hard time apologizing for being culturally insensitive, but, you know, That's Our Gov'n'ah!
Last week it was revealed that the Governator had been caught on tape stereotyping African-Americans, Cubans, and Puerto Ricans in March when he was corrected about the heritage of assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, who he originally called Cuban. He was corrected, and told that she was Puerto Rican. Either way, "they all are very hot," Schwarzenegger said, "they have the, you know, part of the black blood in them and part of the Latino blood in them that together makes it."
Congresswoman Barbara Lee of Oakland, of the Congressional Black Caucus called the comments racist and disgusting.
When Schwarzenegger tried to make things better he said it the way kids say things when they're forced by their parents who are holding their ears: "Anyone out there that feels offended by those comments, I just want to say I'm sorry, I apologize."
Here's a quickie lesson in apologies, Mr. Schwarzenegger, since you seem to have a problem with the language here. Don't preface an apology by saying "anyone out there that feels offended..." just say, "I am sorry for the remarks I made, they were inappropriate, I was wrong to stereotype a huge group of people. It won't happen again. And I particularily apologize to those who have made it known how offended they were."
Now please apologize for being a rotten racist, sexist, lying, impotent, foolish Governor, and step down, kthnxbi.
AP / LA County Fair photo by Rene Macura