There has been a little controversy swirling around Mexico City for a few days. I didn't pay too much attention and, finally, I looked into it today. What happened was that President Vicente Fox was about to give a news conference about one thing or another. Before he stepped up to the microphone, he made a crack to the assembled reporters. One of those infamous "off the record" type smart-ass remarks. The mike was live and the Spanish Television network Telemundo broadcast his little comment far and wide.
Fox was pissed and, besides tearing Telemundo a new one, threatened to sue the network. Here is what Fox said:
"Ya hoy hablo libre, ya digo cualquier tontería, ya no importa: ya total, yo ya me voy"Now, that's pretty mild compared to President Bush calling the mullahs "assholes" or President Reagan jokingly announcing the firing of nuclear tipped ICBM's at the Soviet Union.
Translation: I can speak freely now. I can say any stupid thing I want. I don't give a damn. It's all over and I'm outta here!
However, in Mexico it was considered a grave insult to the president The same president whose political opponents have labeled him a thief, a liar, a crook, a Bush lapdog, a Chávez lapdog, a Fidel lapdog, a PRI lapdog, a PRD lapdog, a coward, a usurper of democracy, a dog, a pig, under his wife's thumb, a failure, a Nazi, a Jew-lover, a far right-wing cowboy, a far left-winger in the disguise of a right-wing cowboy, a jack booted thug, a momma's boy (remember, we're talking about President Fox of Mexico, not President Bush), a cheat, a murderer, a repressor, a clumsy political neophyte, a shrewd and vicious political operator, and just about every other expletive that you can conjure . . . up.
Just don't call him Johnson.
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