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Let Them Eat Cake

Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, escorted by Dr. Roy A. Hastick, president and founder of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce, tours the chamber's hurricane disaster relief center in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, in New York. (AP Photo/Ramin Talaie)
NEW YORK (AP) - Teresa Heinz Kerry, encouraging volunteers as they busily packed supplies Wednesday for hurricane relief efforts in the Caribbean, said she was concerned the effort was too focused on sending clothes instead of essentials like water and electric generators.

"Clothing is wonderful, but let them go naked for a while, at least the kids," said Heinz Kerry, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. "Water is necessary, and then generators, and then food, and then clothes."

Sounds like we're getting Mother Dearest as opposed to Mama T.


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Comments (23)

Extra! Extra! Terayza Adv... (Below threshold)

Extra! Extra! Terayza Advocates Nudism! Extra! Extra!

As long as she keeps her cl... (Below threshold)
Master of None:

As long as she keeps her clothes on.....

Well, to be fair, her comme... (Below threshold)
julie:

Well, to be fair, her comments may have some merit. OTOH, I think people from that community may be giving what they can afford. If Heinz is serious, she should donate a few of her own millions for the relief effort. And if she is really serious, she should stock up her private jet with water and generators and fly them in.

Wow. From later at that sam... (Below threshold)

Wow. From later at that same event. WARNING Not Safe For Work!

She shows a bystander what she means by going without clothes.

- Now let me see...was that... (Below threshold)
Hunter:

- Now let me see...was that generators before water or clothes and water before generators....damn...I gotta call Terayza again....The kids are giving me grief about eating under floodlights, sitting in the bathtub...

I think Teresa Heinz Kerry ... (Below threshold)
frankie:

I think Teresa Heinz Kerry should hold a press conference everyday, her take on the world is priceless. By day four we'll even find out she plans to vote for G.W.B

I sorta think she's right a... (Below threshold)
cirby:

I sorta think she's right about this. Food and water are *really* important, and you'd be surprised how little clothing you actually need when it's that hot and humid.

Sending clothing and other stuff right now would just impose extra work on people who are trying really hard to get enough to eat and drink, and (speaking as someone who lost power for eight days from Hurricane Charley), power is a lot more important than a change of clothing.

Maybe the prez will fly dow... (Below threshold)
JBK:

Maybe the prez will fly down and hand out ice bags.

Oh, no., that's right, no electorial votes down in Grenada. Then again, there are all those U.S. medical students down there who could vote absentee.


Wouldn't she make a classy ... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Wouldn't she make a classy first lady? Vomit.
There is a new book coming out detailing how the crazy lady spends her loot.

Count me among the "she's r... (Below threshold)
andy:

Count me among the "she's right" crowd on this one. You can live, in a warm enough environment, quite a long time without clean clothes; maybe eight to ten days without water, perhaps less if you're drinking it fouled.

Now, her delivery could use some work... ok, a lot of work.

Count me in also.. "she's r... (Below threshold)
Cloud Master:

Count me in also.. "she's right" Water is certainly more important than clothing. But I sure wish she would put some of her $$ where her mouth is.

"But I sure wish she would ... (Below threshold)
Rance:

"But I sure wish she would put some of her $$ where her mouth is."

How do you know she hasn't?

Water and food are more imp... (Below threshold)

Water and food are more important. Also a good point about clogging up the delivery channels. However, "wearing dirty clothes for a few days" would have been an innocuous enough a statement that it never would have been reported.

She's simply not used to being followed by reporters and having every word recorded.

All that being said, this is just far too easy to use to make her look like an idiot.

Maybe she has put her $$ wh... (Below threshold)
Cloud Master:

Maybe she has put her $$ where her mouth was. I stand corrected. If she has Great!

How ridiculous. As much as... (Below threshold)
Vicky:

How ridiculous. As much as food, warmth and shelter are vital for human survival, clothing is vital for human dignity. I'd hate to have to walk down the street with a Big Mac and a coke in the 90 degree heat while being fully naked. I'll take the clothing and do a few days of fasting instead.

Vicky - Obviously you have ... (Below threshold)
Rance:

Vicky - Obviously you have no idea what happens in a massive natural disaster like this, especially in a third world country. You can go days without food, but won't last very long in the heat without water. To put it plainly, without water, you die.

To add to the problem, when infrastructure gets destroyed, what water there is becomes contaminated with sewage and that means cholera and dysentery.

And it won't be going without water for a few days either, 90% of the housing in Greneda was damaged. I'm guessing the damage to infrastructure was nearly that high, so it could be weeks before there is safe drinking water everywhere.

If you have a need to send someone clothes, I think there may be a few semi-naked statues in D.C. that Ashcroft hasn't covered up yet, set the clothes to him.

I know alot of people don't... (Below threshold)
ctob:

I know alot of people don't like Ms. Heinz-Kerry, but I find her creepy. She really just creeps me out, like she's some kinda snake ( I mean the animal not that she's a liar or something ) or something. Am I the only one? Am I being weird?

ctob - I don't know. Has sh... (Below threshold)
JB:

ctob - I don't know. Has she done something specific to warrant your wariness, or are you just suspicious of all African-Americans?

Given that John Kerry wants... (Below threshold)

Given that John Kerry wants to be our second black president ( yes he actually said that) the people of color in this photo don't look all that comfortable with the Missus.

The Kerry campaign is tone deaf and desperate. A photo op of Teresa's Gulf Stream being loaded with water and generators would have been useful, this is so staged and phony that it's painful.

You have to admit that four years of Teresa in the WH would be very entertaining, except for the Kerry as President part.

Bouyed by her comments, the... (Below threshold)
Radio:

Bouyed by her comments, the volunteers began making water.

Later, over a bowl of Wendy's chili at her favorite spot, she confided that she knew of a lucky hat and tropical weight leather flight jacket she could donate "in the near future".

What a bunch of Harsh as... (Below threshold)
Swift Vets for Boats:

What a bunch of Harsh assholes.

No, just a gut reaction. I... (Below threshold)
ctob:

No, just a gut reaction. Its completely irrational. That's basically why I asked. In fact I really have no problem with most stuff the press has reported her saying. I can't figure out why I don't like her. It sorta bothers me.

She's ethnic african? I thought she was hispanic and born in mozambique. Either way I like most hispanics and africans.

She's ethnically Portuguese... (Below threshold)

She's ethnically Portuguese, but claims to be African-American because she immigrated to America from Africa.

She's inadvertently illustrating the idiocy of the "African-American" label.




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