WASHINGTON (Reuters reported) –
Jeb Bush's rebooted campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination included an apology to the French on Tuesday for making a joke about their work ethic.
“I made the mistake of saying that the Congress operates on a French workweek,” Bush told reporters in a deadpan voice while campaigning in New Hampshire, according to Time magazine. “I really did a disservice to the French.”
During last week's debate among the Republican candidates, Bush had criticized one of his rivals, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, for missing votes, as well as Congress in general for working a three-day week.
“I mean, literally, the Senate – what is it, like a French workweek?” Bush had asked.
His comment drew a rebuke from French Ambassador Gerard Araud and emails from French journalists and was part of a lackluster debate performance for the former Florida governor.
“I now know that the average French workweek is actually greater than the German workweek,” Time quoted Bush as saying. “So, my God, I totally insulted an entire country – our first ally, that helped us become free as a nation. And I apologize. That did a huge disservice to France.”
I think this was a nice thing for Jeb Bush to do. He is a decent man. I got to wondering.
After meeting Trump twice I believe I can almost write word for word what Trump would say if the situation was reversed and he had to offer an apology.
WASHINGTON (Reuters if Lance reported)
Donald Trumps rebooted campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination included an apology to the French on Tuesday for making a joke about their work ethic.
“I made the mistake of saying that Rubio operates on a French workweek,” Trump told reporters in a deadpan voice while campaigning in New Hampshire, according to Time magazine. “I really did a disservice to the French. What I meant to say was that Rubio works like an illegal on a siesta! I really need to apologize to the French and mend some fences, and speaking of fences, I plan to build a wall…a HUUUGE wall with a big beautiful door.”
Trump wrapped things up in typical style, “so again I apologize to the French who as we know helped our General Washington to defeat the British. This was a big thing. And since the French haven't had much to brag about since the invention of the French fry I think it's understandable that they are a little sensitive.”
His comments drew a rebuke from French Ambassador Gerard Araud and emails from French journalists.
In response Time quoted Trump as saying,
“I now know that the average French workweek is actually greater than the German workweek. Which is amazing when you think about it because in WW II the Germans had a shorter week and still beat the French.”
When further pressed about offended illegals, the French and Germans Trump responded: “I don't think I insulted any country. I'd apologize if I did but I don't think I said anything that isn't true. Look, I've got tenants in my building who are French. Their wonderful people, got delicious pastries, but honestly, they haven't fielded a successful army since Napoleon and he wasn't even French! He was from Brooklyn.”
Trump finished his Press conference with a promise that once he made America great again he would be willing to do something for the French. In the mean time he suggested they toughen up on immigration.