Monday, January 23, 2006

How do YOU make chocolate?

In defense of his self-serving "chocolate New Orleans" comments, N.O. Mayor Ray Nagin tried to defend his ill-chosen remarks by giving us a lesson in kitchen chemistry.

Ref: - Nagin apologizes for 'chocolate' city comments - Jan 17, 2006: "How do you make chocolate?"

"You take dark chocolate, you mix it with white milk, and it becomes a delicious drink."


How do you make chocolate? Last time I checked, you don't add white milk. That would be...chocolate milk. Is that what Nagin meant to say? That we need a "chocolate milk New Orleans"?

I don't think so.

Next time, Ray, stick with unambiguous metaphors and avoid food analogies, which have long been a source of negative racial epithets.

This sensational bit of backpedaling earns Nagin a place of honor in the annuls of political history. However, it will also earn him the title of "also ran" in New Orleans' next mayoral election race.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't this type of naivity the foundations of the way the U.S. government is run?! I'm sure you could fill an entire dossier on Pres. Bush's accidental slips-of-the-tongue. And all this talk about chocolate is making me hungry!

March 13, 2008 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Papa Joe said...

You know, I really have to say, I need to give soon-to-be-former Eliot Spitzer kudos for coming right out and saying he screwed up, he let down his family, and he needs to devote time making things right.

Regardless of whether he truly believes his own words, he did not try to dance around the issue like everybody else does.

March 13, 2008 at 12:39 PM  

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