The Republicans' big balls

I found this hysterical:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/02/magazine/02QUESTIONS.htm

It’s an interview by the NYT Magazine with Jeanne L. Phillips, Chair of the committee for Bush’s innauguration festivities.

NYT: I hear one of the balls will be reserved for troops who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Phillips: Yes, the Commander-in-Chief Ball. That is new. It will be about 2,000 servicemen and their guests. And that should be a really fun event for them.

NYT: As an alternative way of honoring them, did you or the president ever discuss canceling the nine balls and using the $40 million inaugural budget to purchase better equipment for the troops?

Phillips: I think we felt like we would have a traditional set of events and we would focus on honoring the people who are serving our country right now – not just the people in the armed forces, but also the community volunteers, the firemen, the policemen, the teachers, the people who serve at, you know, the – well, it’s called the StewPot in Dallas, people who work with the homeless.

NYT: How do any of them benefit from the inaugural balls?

Phillips: I’m not sure that they do benefit from them.

NYT: Then how, exactly, are you honoring them?

Phillips: Honoring service is what our theme is about.

Zing. Nice to see someone get called out on the doublespeak.

What a scandal.

Why can’t more journalists have balls? It sure makes reading more interesting.

Because if you have balls they can be cut off.

Honoring service is what our theme is about.

It’s like the administration’s version of a yellow “I support the troops” magnet on the back of the President’s limo.

Speaking of which, there was a letter to the editor in the local newspaper from a woman complaining about people who stole the magnet ribbons from her husband’s car. She ended the letter with the question, “how can I support the troops now?”