What not to say in a speech: ‘My daughters are available’
You’ve just been elected to a powerful office in a stunning political upset. You’re making your acceptance speech with your proud family by your side. What do you say? Would, say, “My young daughters are available” be on your cue cards?
That’s what US Senator-elect Scott Brown, the Republican who has won the seat previously held by Democratic icon Ted Kennedy, managed to blurt out on TV when the eyes of the nation were watching. And he’s been given a welcome-to-the-jungle roasting by conservative pin-up commentator Glenn Beck, who says he wants to see Brown in a chastity belt. (Skip to the 1-minute mark in the video for the goods.)
“I want a chastity belt on this man,” Beck said, jocularly, on his radio show. “I want his every move watched in Washington. I don’t trust this guy. This one could end with a dead intern.”
(The dead intern reference is to the scandal that destroyed US Representative Gary Condit, whose intern Chandra Levy was found dead in a park and it subsequently emerged they had been having an affair.)
Beck, as he tends to do, took this a bit far but on this occasion I’m inclined to agree with him when he says he could expect parts of his body to be scattered around the house if he had said something similar about his kids.
The footage from Brown’s speech shows looks of utter shock and horror spreading over the faces of his family as he continues to dig himself into a hole before admitting he’s in trouble when he gets home. Watch them all cringe:
Coming from a guy who posed nude in 1982 from Cosmo this has given Brown an unhelpful aura at the start of his national political career.
(His daughter Ayla has had a sudden flood of date offers from suitors, reports the Boston Herald.)
Barack Obama offered this assessment of the stunning defeat for the Democrats:
“The same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office,” Obama said in an interview with ABC News…
“People are angry and they are frustrated. Not just because of what’s happened in the last year or two years, but what’s happened over the last eight years.”
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