Mensch

You might recall that I had some four letter words for Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov who, through his asshole spokesman, refused to cut his vacation short in order to come back to his city, which is absolutely choking in smoke. (It’s a little better today: levels of carbon monoxide in the air are only 2.8 times the allowable limit. Yesterday, it was 6.5.)

Well, I take it all back.

Today, on the third day after life in the capital ground to an asphyxiating halt, Mayor Luzhkov has decided to come back. Oh, and turns out his spokesman was lying about the vacation he said his boss was on? Because now the mayor is saying that in order to come back and at least make a show of being with his 12 million suffocating, scratchy-throated, red-eyed subjects, he actually had to cut short his treatment for a sports injury.

I don’t know about you, but this makes me feel incredibly guilty. A sports injury!

What a mensch.

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8 Responses to Mensch

  1. marknesop says:

    It could have been worse. He might have improperly chewed his food and choked. As I remember, that was sufficiently newsworthy the last time it happened to a celebrity that it made news worldwide. On this site, it was even an occasion for including a helpful tutorial on what a pretzel is.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1758848.stm

    I can see why you’d be ticked off, though. After all, the leader being on vacation while the people for whom he’s responsible suffer is unprecedented. Almost.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9287434/site/newsweek/

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