Roegner: Politicians say the darndest things

Like the rest of us, politicians always have something to say.

After Mayor Jim Ferrell mentioned at a Federal Way City Council meeting that he had been a volunteer at the Multi-Service Center, former MSC executive director and current city council member Dini Duclos said “he was thinner then.” It was a rare occasion that Ferrell bordered on being speechless.

“We absolutely have to do this,” said Ferrell about the passage of the utility tax. Over 3,000 people signed a petition expressing their “absolute” disagreement.

At a recent council meeting, a resident complained that the city was not monitoring some wetlands properly and noted that cows had shown up on the property and were defecating in the wetlands. Council member Martin Moore asked, to much amusement, “were the cows flown in, was the city notified?” Turns out the city was not notified and the planning department said it was allowed. We’re rural?

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Trump have very different views of Trump’s abilities. Schumer likened negotiating with Trump to “negotiating with Jell-O.” Trump says he’s “a stable genius.”

In 2013, Trump said if there is a government shutdown, the president should be blamed. Trump on the shutdown in 2018 said it’s the Democrats’ fault.

Mick Mulvaney, head of the Office of Management and Budget, said “the person who technically shuts the government down is me, which is kind of cool.” Not to everyone, Mick.

At the Federal Way Farmers Market rally June 9, Chamber of Commerce CEO Becca Martin, who is known for her enthusiastic introductions, was asking Mayor Ferrell to return to the stage to close the program, noting all the people who will visit Federal Way for the Special Olympics when she said “when visiting Federal way, for a good time call … oops, that came out wrong!”

The Trumps asked to borrow a Van Gogh from the Guggenheim Museum, but were offered a solid gold toilet instead. The toilet represents the demonstration of wealth, but that may be too subtle for a man who has gold fixtures through out his New York home. Or was the museum making a political statement about Trump’s presidency?

David Ige, the governor of Hawaii, apologized for the delay in notifying his constituents that the alarm about a missile attack was false. He had forgotten the password to his Twitter account. Oops! Love modern technology!

Given their historically strong family values platform, evangelical leaders were expected to blast President Donald Trump for his behavior with a porn star. However, one of their leaders said Trump “gets a mulligan.” Would evangelicals have given either President George W. Bush or President Barack Obama a mulligan?

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) challenged his Republican colleagues over the budget saying, “How come you were against President Obama’s deficits, and then how come you’re for Republican deficits?”

Republican Oregon State Sen. Jeff Kruse, accused of groping women, refused to resign. He stated his behavior was “instinctual.” He resigned two days later.

A Virginia woman was was fired from her job after she extended her middle finger to President Trump’s passing motorcade. Isn’t that free speech?

Even though President Trump was accused of sexual misconduct by nearly two dozen women, he announced April as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month.”

After President Trump was critical of professional football players kneeling during the national anthem and said “Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country,” Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin said “He’s an idiot.”

Oliver North, the new president of the National Rifle Association, said he was against “taking away the rights of law-abiding citizens.” Instead, he said that schools should look at fortifying their campuses. Schools as forts?

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn and retired public official. He can be reached at bjroegner@comcast.net.

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