Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour thinks the disastrous economic effects of the Gulf oil spill were the fault of BP, where “BP” stands for “brown pelican”:
So people saw on TV the same brown pelican coated with looked like 3 inches of oil, I mean, looked like a chocolate pelican. And they showed it every hour, every day, 24 hours a day for weeks and weeks and weeks. And the news media, particularly 24-hour cable TV, gave citizens the impression the whole Gulf Coast was coated in oil. People deduced from that that it was unsafe, unpleasant, don’t want to go there.
Yes, that’s right. People thought the Gulf Coast was coated in oil not because of that whole “biggest accidental spill in the history of the f*cking world” thing, but because a pelican looked really sad on TV. Also the only reason people thought Hurricane Katrina was a big deal was they saw LOLcat that said "I made you a city, but I drowneded it."
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