Friday, March 04, 2005

Tales Of The Bottle: The Mayor's Story

Once upon a time there was there was a man named Oscar Goodman who was mayor of a city that was named Las Vegas, that was located in the magical land of Nevada, where all kinds of adult fun are encouraged. And once upon a time Mayor Goodman went to talk to a class of fourth graders at Mackey Elementary School:

Sin City's mayor made no apologies Thursday after being criticized for extolling gin to a class of fourth-graders.

Mayor Oscar Goodman said he was just being himself when he told elementary school students that drinking was one of his hobbies and that the one thing he would want if stranded on an island is a bottle of gin.

"I answered the question honestly and truthfully," Goodman told reporters. "I'm not going to lie to children. I'm not going to say I would take a teddy bear or a Bible or something like that."

Asked by a reporter if he had a drinking problem, Goodman answered, "Oh, absolutely not. I love to drink."

Moments later, he cut off questions and walked out of the news conference.

In what must be the understatement of the decade, Principal Kemala Washington called Mayor Goodman's remarks "inappropriate." Get the whole story here.

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