At this morning’s official opening of the new Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) offered this olfactory appraisal of his fellow citizens:
My staff tells me not to say this, but I’m going to say itReid’s remarks, given by way of praising the Center's air conditioning, reflect a certain distance from and, shall we say, disdain for the common man. Quite a contrast to the words found on the Statue of Liberty:
anyway. In the summer because of the heat and high
humidity, you could literally smell the tourists coming
into the Capitol. It may be descriptive but it’s true.
Give me your tired, your poor,Sen. Reid’s response to the tired, huddled mass of tourists is to lift high his can of air freshener.
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
Stay classy, dude.