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Bay Area congressmembers call Safeway lawyer’s joke ‘sexist’
Inside Bay Area ^ | 5/18/12 | Lisa Vorderbrueggen

Posted on 05/18/2012 8:31:51 PM PDT by SmithL

What’s good for Jay Leno, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert is apparently not good for corporate lawyers.

A group of Bay Area congressmembers sent a stern letter to Pleasanton-based Safeway CEO Steve Burd admonishing the grocery giant for a joke its top lawyer reportedly made at the expense of Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi during a May 15 stockholder meeting.

General Counsel Robert Gordon reportedly told a joke involving the Secretary of State and the House Minority Speaker from San Francisco, pigs and the Secret Service. Gosh, it already sounds funny. (Read the full narrative below.)

Lighten up, people.

If members of Congress start writing to every business organization where a national politician was the butt of a joke, they’ll be busier than a genuine Arkansas razorback hog farmer at feeding time.

Here’s the letter:

Mr. Steve Burd
President and CEO
Safeway Inc.
5918 Stoneridge Mall Road
Pleasanton, CA 94588

By Fax (925) 467-3230

Dear Mr. President,

We are writing to express our strong disapproval of inappropriate comments reportedly made by Safeway General Counsel Robert Gordon at Safeway’s May 15 shareholder meeting. We are deeply disappointed by these comments and believe Safeway must take corrective steps immediately.

According to an audio recording reportedly taken from the shareholder meeting, General Counsel Gordon inappropriately used House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the butt of his joke, as follows:

You know, this is the season when companies and other institutions are interested in enhancing their reputation and their image for the general public, and one of the institutions that’s doing this is the Secret Service, particularly after the calamity in Colombia. And among the instructions given to the Secret Service agents was to try to agree with the president more and support his decisions. And that led to this exchange that took place last week, when the president flew into the White House lawn and an agent greeted him at the helicopter. The president was carrying two pigs under his arms and the Secret Service agents said, “Nice pigs, sir.”And the president said, “These are not ordinary pigs, these are genuine Arkansas razorback hogs. I got one for former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and one for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.” And the Secret Service agent said, “Excellent trade, sir.”

Poking fun at politicians is part of our culture, and TV comedians carry this out nightly. But sexist jokes told by a top executive of a Fortune 500 company to an international audience are completely inappropriate and demonstrate a shocking lack of respect, not only for two of the most important and respected people in our country but for all women.

Safeway owes an apology to Secretary Clinton, Leader Pelosi, and the country. It is up to the Safeway board to decide what action to take against its general counsel for his comments but let there be no doubt as to our strong disapproval and deep disappointment in your company for what he said.

Sincerely,

Reps. George Miller, Anna Eshoo, Zoe Lofgren, Mike Thompson, Lynn Woolsey, Jerry McNerney, John Garamendi, Doris Matsui, Barbara Lee, and Mike Honda



TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: California
KEYWORDS: pelosi; piaps; pigs; safeway
And no mention of a pig in a pantsuit?
1 posted on 05/18/2012 8:32:05 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Oh, please.

I’m an admitted liberal and I have heard this joke before (usually it was Bill getting something for Hillary.) It’s funny. These guys need to grow a sense of humor.


2 posted on 05/18/2012 8:34:29 PM PDT by pleasedontzotme
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To: SmithL

Where’s the sexist part of the joke?


3 posted on 05/18/2012 8:36:09 PM PDT by Kirkwood (It's not a lie. It's a composite.)
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To: SmithL

Personally, I think that joke is offensive to razorback hogs.


4 posted on 05/18/2012 8:38:44 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: SmithL
Sincerely, Reps. George Miller, Anna Eshoo, Zoe Lofgren, Mike Thompson, Lynn Woolsey, Jerry McNerney, John Garamendi, Doris Matsui, Barbara Lee, and Mike Honda

Funny, just the other day I was walking along pushing ten pigs in a wheelbarrow, and someone came up to me and asked, "where'd you get those pigs?" And I said...

5 posted on 05/18/2012 8:41:33 PM PDT by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: pleasedontzotme

I am known as “Mr No Sense of Humor” but thought this was hilariously funny and laughed out loud. Yes, it is a variation of an old joke but a good one, especially for the Bay Area.


6 posted on 05/18/2012 8:41:39 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: SmithL
That's too bad. I was hoping the punchline was going to be:

"Shut up! I wasn't talking to you!"

LMAO!!!!! 8^D

7 posted on 05/18/2012 8:42:13 PM PDT by Gargantua ("All men ARE 'created' equal--but 21 years later... well, 'nuff said...")
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To: SmithL
Reps. George Miller, Anna Eshoo, Zoe Lofgren, Mike Thompson, Lynn Woolsey, Jerry McNerney, John Garamendi, Doris Matsui, Barbara Lee, and Mike Honda

PC NAZIS....every one of them. They should all be brought up on ethics charges...they are deliberately trying to intimadate anyone who would speak disparagingly against their political allies. How concerned were they about all the slander and vile hatefully spewed against Sarah Palin????

Oh, that's right. Palin is a Conservative...
8 posted on 05/18/2012 8:43:14 PM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: SmithL

I don’t get it. That was a GREAT trade.


9 posted on 05/18/2012 8:43:46 PM PDT by REDWOOD99 ("Everyone should pay taxes. Everyone should pay the same rate.)
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To: REDWOOD99

I just like the mental picture of obama carrying around pigs.


10 posted on 05/18/2012 8:59:43 PM PDT by Kirkwood (It's not a lie. It's a composite.)
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To: SmithL

“a joke its top lawyer reportedly made at the expense of Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi...”

s’okay!:)


11 posted on 05/18/2012 9:01:38 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: SmithL

A flip of the wee birdie if the Leftist whiners can’t take a joke.


12 posted on 05/18/2012 9:02:52 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: SmithL; lightman; All

Have any of you seen the World's Smartest Woman lately ... since her Botox injections have worn off? Lightman is right ... that joke is highly offensive to Razorback hogs!

13 posted on 05/18/2012 9:05:41 PM PDT by Zakeet (Obama loves to wok dogs)
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To: SmithL

Too funny. Been a long time since I read/heard the old Hillary term of PIAPS. I hope she doesn’t run. I’d rather not hear, or read it again. Rather she, and her partner in crime would just retire out of sight, and out of mind if we can’t get them into Leavenworth.


14 posted on 05/18/2012 9:06:44 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: SmithL

I am an attorney and willing to file suit on behalf of the pigs. To only value them equal to Hillary and Nancy is indeed an insult.


15 posted on 05/18/2012 9:16:20 PM PDT by terycarl (lurking, but well informed)
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To: SmithL

I noticed that fish-face Maxine didn’t sign on. Got a feeling she wanted the pigs to roast over a burning car or building in Watts if Zimmerman is found not guilty.


16 posted on 05/18/2012 9:22:02 PM PDT by jmax (Be warned....I'm armed. Round is chambered, full magazine is inserted, safety is off.)
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To: SmithL

Now that there is down right funny!


17 posted on 05/18/2012 9:36:16 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: SmithL

I’ve heard Reagan himself tell a variant of this joke - involving Russians, of course.


18 posted on 05/18/2012 9:41:38 PM PDT by txhurl (Thank you, Andrew Breitbart. In your untimely passing, you have exposed these people one last time.)
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To: rottndog

“Reps. George Miller, Anna Eshoo, Zoe Lofgren, Mike Thompson, Lynn Woolsey, Jerry McNerney, John Garamendi, Doris Matsui, Barbara Lee, and Mike Honda

I guess Fartney Stork was off his meds, because he didn’t sign. The list above is the bucket of cocks that “represents” the SF Bay Area. McNerney is my a$$hole!


19 posted on 05/18/2012 9:53:14 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: SmithL

The political ladies insisted on being treated like one of the guys. Now that they get the verbal roughhousing, they... squeal!


20 posted on 05/18/2012 9:58:49 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: Kirkwood

“I just like the mental picture of obama carrying around pigs.”

In that case, what do you call a black, Half-rican, community organizer from Chicago as he walks across the lawn carrying a sheep under one arm and a goat under the other arm?

Answer: Bisexual.


21 posted on 05/18/2012 9:59:14 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: pleasedontzotme

have you ever meet a libtard that had a normal sense of humor??
doubtful
most joyless #$%^&^ known to man.


22 posted on 05/18/2012 10:25:29 PM PDT by genghis
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To: SmithL
The real joke is that they left Fortney Stark off of the letter.

-PJ

23 posted on 05/18/2012 10:31:21 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: SmithL

The Safeway supermarket chain has been doing business for many decades, and was headquartered in Oakland for most of those years. Relatively recently it moved from Oakland to Pleasanton in the east bay area. They are the Kroger of the west coast. Perhaps it’s time to consider one more corporate move... outside the people’s republic of crazyfornia.


24 posted on 05/18/2012 11:18:24 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: rottndog

Not PC NAZIS: More Like COMMUNIST PIGS:
Miller, Woolsey, Lee are hardcore marxists and always have been.
Honda, and Lofgren are softcore marxists.
Don’t know about Thompson, McNerney and Garamendia. Do know that Matsui and Eshoo are leftist assholes.

Fortney Stark - a 1%er marxist nutcase. Never missed a communist guerrilla movement in Latin America to support.

By the way, a Honda was always a fairy bike. Mike is too.


25 posted on 05/19/2012 12:13:42 AM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: SmithL

Wait, were the pigs wearing lipstick?


26 posted on 05/19/2012 12:44:12 AM PDT by Crucial
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To: SmithL

It’s an old joke. I heard versions with Clinton as the POTUS where he mentions getting them for Chelsea. Made more sense then because Chelsea was just a teen back then and the small pigs are considered pets.


27 posted on 05/19/2012 2:49:37 AM PDT by tom h
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To: vette6387

Lots of other places to live and work other than the San Fran area of dying California.

The sooner you get out, ahead of the following stampede, the better you will be established wherever you go.


28 posted on 05/19/2012 7:14:02 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: ridesthemiles

“Lots of other places to live and work other than the San Fran area of dying California.”

Nah, I’d rather stay and fight to return this once proud first in the nation state to it’s former status. You guys who preach “cut and run” should be ashamed of yourselves. Really glad your genetics were not present when this country was being formed.


29 posted on 05/19/2012 7:22:59 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: SmithL

“But we’ll forget this ever happened if you’ll make a sizable campaign donation.” The level these people will sink to just to shake down a business.


30 posted on 05/19/2012 9:30:56 AM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." Peter Griffin - FAMILY GUY)
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To: terycarl
To only value them equal to Hillary and Nancy is indeed an insult.

Yes -- real damages, not just notional, paper losses. This is a palpable reduction in real, merchantable value for those pigs, and manifest injury to their owners.

Someone ought to sue! A precedent must be established!

Meanwhile, this is an ancient Internet joke that I've seen at least three or four times in my e-mail inbasket over the last 10 years. Whining PC zombies need to grow a brain.

31 posted on 05/19/2012 1:27:56 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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