Friday, June 18, 2010

Stuck on Stupid

Remember this? We'd had Katrina, and the clusterf*ck that followed. This is back in 2005, of course. Now, Hurricane Rita was coming, and the authorities were trying to get evacuation plans out to the people of the Gulf coast, to get folks out of harm's way. General Russel Honore was in charge. He held a press conference to help get the word out. The reporters were amped up to ask him why this and that hadn't been done during Katrina. The general struggled to keep the press focused on the current events--he did not want them trying to get him to do a post mortem on the Katrina situation at this news conference. "Let' s not get stuck on the last storm." and then the immortal "You are stuck on stupid."

Why does it seem so appropriate for the oil spill situation? Why do we get "stuck on stupid" over and over again?


Bob G. said...

T.O.: it.

STUCK ON STUPID...yepper, that's not part of my personal "lexicon, make no mistake about it.

(and it so aptly applies to most ALL of my neighbors so darn well, too)

Have a great weekend.

the observer said...

Bob G:
So applicable in so many contexts! It's amazing to me that no one had been recorded or noted to have uttered this simple dictum until 2005!

Hope you having a good weekend!

The Observer

Ann T. said...

Dear The Observer,
I loved this man during Katrina, and thank goodness you recalled him to mind! I needed a plain-talking moment just lately!

Ann T.

the observer said...

Ann T:
I've toyed with posting this before, but the return to ridiculous in the Gulf made it seem even more appropriate, especially in the light of the posts by Bob G and myself.

Get out there and solve the problem at hand--don't get stuck on what proceeded before--sounds like a pretty good way to live in general, no?

It wasn't after the electric bill fiasco that you watched this was it? You did need it, didn't you?

Glad to oblige.

The Observer