Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Friday, January 23, 2004

Well, you get a little bit of sympathy at first-- Atkins widow demands Bloomberg apology

NEW YORK (AP) -- The widow of Dr. Robert Atkins went on national television Friday to demand that Mayor Michael Bloomberg apologize for calling the late diet guru "fat."

Veronica Atkins told ABC's "Good Morning America" that she was "sick and tired of my husband being always maligned and his life's work being trivialized."

The mayor apparently thought he was off camera when he made the comment while eating pasta at a photo op at a firehouse earlier this week. Using an expletive to express doubts about the details of Atkins' death, he said, "I mean, the guy was fat."

Atkins, whose diet stresses meat, eggs and cheese over pasta, bread and vegetables, died last April at 72 from head injuries sustained from a fall on an icy sidewalk.

Veronica Atkins asserted that her husband died from "severe trauma to his head." His fall was unrelated to any health problems, and his arteries were clear, she said.

"I was very, very hurt, and I was angry" about Bloomberg's remarks, she said.

Bloomberg had told reporters Thursday that he "would never criticize someone about their waistline," and his spokesman Jordan Barowitz said that was much as an apology as there would be.

Barowitz declined to comment further Friday.

In his firehouse remarks, Bloomberg also said the food at an Atkins fund-raiser in the Hamptons had been "inedible" and that he had to spit an appetizer into his napkin.

Bad Mike, BAD!

But then, at the very end, we have this little tidbit from the Widow Atkins--

Atkins' widow said the event's caterer "considered [sic] to be one of the best in the Hamptons."

Oh, please. I was kinda rooting for her until that line. It's like half of all Seinfeld episodes--"He's the BEST, Jerry! The BEST!"

Well, whatever you might think about either Bloomberg or Atkins, it never ceases to amaze me that politicians are surprised when they get caught badmouthing someone, and then that they feel compelled to follow up with all sorts of lame attempts to offer non-apology-apologies.

Hey, by the way, ever eat a pine tree? Many parts are edible.

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