Bill Richardson Off the Cuff
Via Dana Goldstein, Esquire rounds up some quotes, anecdotes and nyuk-nyuks from the new Commerce Secretary-designate (and possible post-Clinton secretary of state?). Here’s my favorite, with a guest appearance from Saddam Hussein:
Saddam had these small, black eyes. I started giving him my spiel, which was, “I want you to release these Americans as a humanitarian gesture, Mr. President.” I was very respectful. Then I made a terrible mistake: I was so tired, I crossed my legs and showed him the sole of my shoe. Saddam got up and left. I thought I was toast. “Is he coming back?” I asked. “He’ll be back, but you must apologize for insulting an Arab with the supreme insult.” I decided not to apologize—maybe he was playing a psychological game with me. He came back and I just continued making my point. His eyes got bigger and then his mouth started moving into a smile.
Read the rest. You sort of expect him to tell a story about the time he and his frat brothers got drunk and murdered a hobo.