Oops! He did it again!
By now we’ve all heard ad nauseum about Kerry’s little faux pas the other day. On Tuesday, Kerry told a college group in California, “You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”
Whether Kerry’s remarks were a direct insult, Freudian slip or, as he is claiming, a “botched joke,” we’ll never know. Everybody has an opinion and everybody is free to insist that their interpretation is correct. The fact of the matter is, it doesn’t matter what he meant, what matters is what the masses perceived him to mean. One might argue that it’s unfair to hold someone accountable for how their words are interpreted. One might retort that it is for this very reason that those in the public eye must insure that their comments aren’t subject to such interpretation by being scrupulously clear in one’s statements.
Anyhow. Perception is the key. And if you have any doubt as to how our men “stuck in Iraq” perceived the good Senator’s comments, allow me to pass along this message from them:
That is all.