I see where Safeway Corporation’s general counsel is reported to have told the most knee slapping funny joke at the annual shareholders’ meeting.

You know, this is the season when companies and other institutions are interested in enhancing their reputation and their image for the general public, and one of the institutions that’s doing this is the Secret Service, particularly after the calamity in Colombia. And among the instructions given to the Secret Service agents was to try to agree with the president more and support his decisions. And that led to this exchange that took place last week, when the president flew into the White House lawn and an agent greeted him at the helicopter.

The president was carrying two pigs under his arms and the Secret Service agents said, “Nice pigs, sir.”

And the president said, “These are not ordinary pigs, these are genuine Arkansas razorback hogs. I got one for former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and one for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”

And the Secret Service agent said, “Excellent trade, sir.”

(Laughter)

Safeway’s general counsel tells hilarious sexist joke at annual shareholder meeting

Well guffaw, guffaw.

FWIW, here is the quick email I dashed off to Safeway via the link provided at DailyKos in the article above.

I think the pig joke made by your general counsel pretty much reflects more on his quality (or lack thereof) as a human being than it does on Pelosi and Hillary Clinton, two of the more powerful and productive women public servants in the past 50 years.

So here is a simple message for Safeway, which I will carefully avoid on future trips to Indianapolis and Morris Street, since I and many others have discovered a simple, All American fact: if corporations and prominent people demonstrate they are sexist, racist, homophobic, or otherwise just flat out pigs, then boycott the hell out of them. It cost Rush Limbaugh’s network 2 million and counting so far. Heartland Institute has been dumped by 14 major corporations, and counting.

Oh, and by the way, I apologize to all pigs for my calling your general counsel a pig. I have known many pigs in my lifetime, and all of them were better human beings than your general counsel.