Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Incredible Quotes

With no apparent sense of irony whatsoever, the always entertaining Sarah Palin recently said the phrase "it’s immature, it’s unprofessional, and those guys are jerks."

'Cause really, what's more mature and professional than calling someone a jerk?

6 comments:

Passante said...

I'm going to miss her -- she was such good material for Tina Fey and Saturday Night Live.

Drew Duncan said...

You know, when I think of Sarah Palin the one word that just leaps to mind is mature. Right after intelligent. And 'presidential'
Who else could you think of but a maverick hockey mom from Alaska who can't name a newspaper even though she majored in Journalism in college?

I can't wait for 2012.

Anonymous said...

Oh Dan. Don't you know that mature and professional are the status quo?

RhetTbull said...

Uhm, no. I see nothing immature or unprofessional about calling a jerk a jerk. The term specifically refers to somebody's behavior...it's not a slur or attack on something somebody can't change. If you act like a jerk and I tell you so, that's not immature or unprofessional. It's honest.
I'm not defending Gov Palin--I didn't read the quote so I don't know the context but I do give her the benefit of the doubt.

The Dan Ward said...

Rhet, you crack me up.

I do indeed think name calling is neither professional nor mature - I read the quote & saw the video clip and yeah, she was talking about their character, not their behavior ("those guys are jerks" as opposed to "those guys acted like jerks").

True, she didn't go with "poop heads," but I'm not sure jerk is all that much better. Name calling is name calling - and frankly, it's 6th grade behavior.

In my mind, the professional and mature way to respond in that situation would have been to say something along the lines of "I'm sorry those gentlemen felt the need to make inaccurate and misleading statements about me. Their behavior was both unprofessional and immature. Next question?"

Mature professionals leave the name calling on the playground.

RhetTbull said...

then I'm sure you'll just love her quote about "bloggers sitting in their pajamas in their parents' basement"... ;-)

I still wouldn't hesitate call a jerk a jerk though.