Emeril Lagasse better watch his back. He just said something negative about Barack Obama. Will Twitter light up calling for a boycott of his restaurants? Will he have to go through sensitivity training for a ‘racist’ remark? After all, Obama is black, and to say anything about someone who is black is by definition racist.
Here’s what the TV chef and restaurateur had to say about the restaurant business in the age of Obama and government regulation:
“And then you add all the Obama nonsense to what it’s become in the last several years. I don’t have anything against Mr. Obama. I’m just saying the way that, you know … the government should stay out of things. […] Pretty soon, they’re going to wipe a lot of the middle restaurateurs and restaurant cooks. […] If it continues, then watch: you’re going to have high-end, and you’re going to have fast food, and you’re going to have chain restaurants.”
Should we expect an apology soon? “I didn’t mean to attack the president. I spoke out of frustration. It’s really all George Bush’s fault. Please don’t hurt me. Don’t call for a boycott. I’ll be good.” Is an IRS audit in the works if Emeril doesn’t get his mind right?
Do you think I’m joking? Here’s how Todd A. Price, “dining writer” for NOLA.com, ended his article about the Lagasse interview:
“The statement did not explain how Obama’s policies have specifically affected Lagasse’s restaurants. A representative for Lagasse declined to address follow-up questions about that aspect of the chef’s comments.”
Most politicians have never started, owned, or operated a business. They have no idea what it takes to run a business.