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February 04, 2008

Earl Butz finds a warm place

If you read the obit in today's Washington Post for Earl Butz, which oddly is not online, you'll immediately notice two things. The first is that the headline associates him with the racist joke that drove him from President Ford's cabinet.

The second is that the Post won't tell you what the joke was, and the article actually mentions that most of the press at the time wouldn't tell you what the joke was.

Well, I'm not going to tell you either, but I'll quote the version that Time ran:

Butz said that "the only thing the coloreds are looking for in life are tight p—, loose shoes and a warm place to s—."
As told to John Dean. You know the rest.

By way of comparison, here is the relevant portion of the NY Times obit today:
On a plane trip following the Republican National Convention in August, accompanied by, among others, John W. Dean 3d, the former White House counsel, Mr. Butz made a remark in which he described blacks as “coloreds” who wanted only three things — satisfying sex, loose shoes and a warm bathroom — desires that Mr. Butz listed in obscene and scatological terms.
The euphemisms are precious, aren't they? Leave it to the NY Times.