Facing three million jobs lost since 2001, the Bush administration trotted out a helpful solution in a candid moment Thursday:
"Why don't they get new jobs if they're unhappy -- or go on Prozac?"
This bit of wisdom comes from Susan Sheybani, an aide to Bush campaign spokesperson Terry Holt. Of course, Sheybani didn't actually mean for her bold idea to actually be known; she was relaying her off-the-cuff comment to a coworker while on the phone with a reporter. Read all about it here!
I don't know for sure, but I'd bet ten-to-one that Sheybani is either a college intern or a very young professional. I don't think she had any malicious intentions by saying what she did; besides, who among us hasn't said dumb things from time to time? But it does offer an interesting insight into the psyche of someone deemed worthy of employment by the Bush administration.
Sheybani reminds me of a friend of mine from college, an intelligent girl I liked immensely, but who despite her best efforts could not totally shake her pampered upbringing. One day, I went to eat at the restaurant where she worked. In the parking lot, I saw her car and noticed that her license plate had been expired for almost a year. When I went inside, I told her that she needed to renew her license plate. She looked at me and, with a totally straight face, replied, "License plates expire? Daddy never told me that!"
So, yeah, I'd say the Republicans are a little out-of-touch. Maybe they need some Prozac...