Al Franken Apology Almost as Bad as the Crime

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

The “clearly intended to be funny” comment in the Al Franken apology shows he doesn’t get it.

The Al Franken apology essentially claims that feeling up a woman while she is sleeping, photographing the activity, and distributing the picture, could be considered funny. Franken admits that it failed to be funny, but he mentions that he intended it to be funny.

But that is the whole problem. Exploiting and humiliating a person in front of others is evil. Considering it funny only makes it worse!

The Daily Mail reports, “Democratic Senator Al Franken apologizes for forcibly kissing former Playboy model and GROPING her while she slept during 2006 USO tour in Afghanistan – and she says there might be a SECOND accuser.

On Christmas Eve, after 2 weeks of performing in the Middle East, the troupe headed home on a 36-hour journey.

Tweeden fell fast asleep in her bulletproof jacket and helmet.

Later, when a photographer passed out CD-ROMs of candid pictures from the trip, she saw one depicting Franken grabbing her chest.

‘I couldn’t believe it. He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep,’ she wrote Thursday.

‘I felt violated all over again. Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated. How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it’s funny?’

The came Franken’s response.

In reputation-saving mode, Franken’s office sent a statement Thursday afternoon with a tepid apology.

‘I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann,’ the senator says in the statement. ‘As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it.’

It was clearly intended to be funny? Seriously?

Read the entire Daily Mail story.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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