On Sunday’s Inside Washington, NPR’s Nina Totenberg apologized for using the words “Christmas party” in a discussion about budgets. It’s unclear why she became as red in the face as the red Christmas flowers behind her when she mistakenly allowed the “offensive” words to escape from her lips. Yet she does regret that no alternative expression was available to describe the party she attended.
Maybe in the wake of Juan Williams’ firing, NPR employees, just to be safe, apologize for anything in advance? Totenberg’s expanded comment:
We just passed this huge tax cut in part because business said, you know, we have to plan, we have to know what kind of tax cuts we have. Well, these agencies, including the Defense Department, don’t know how much money they’ve got and for what. And I was at a – forgive the expression – a Christmas party at the Department of Justice and people actually were really worried about this.
And please forgive the above-mentioned description of the flowers, I should have referred to them as red poinsettias.
Watch the clip below from Inside Washington:
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