Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Florida Marlins's manager Guillen's gaffe reminds one of Gerald Ford in 1976


Miami Marlins’ baseball manager Ozzie Guillen’s remarks saying he “respects Fidel Castro” were the result of misspeaking in English something he was thinking in Spanish.

A Chicago Sun Times perspective by Mike Newberg says that Guillen was politically incorrect and insensitive to his fan base in Miami, but not necessarily morally wrong.

Newberry compares Guillen’s gaffe to that of football coach Bobby Petrino.

The link is here.

The gaffe reminds me of a misstatement by president Gerald Ford about communist satellites in Eastern Europe in 1976 in the presidential debate.  “There is no Soviet dominance ….”

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