“Have you ever gotten the feeling that you aren't completely embarassed yet, but you glimpse tomorrow's embarrassment?”
~ Tom Cruise.
~ Tom Cruise.
Everyone has probably seen the photos of World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz and his socks. If you haven't, you can check the photo and close-up at the BBC. He was exiting a mosque in Turkey when the photo was taken, and it was briefly shown on an article in TDN that praised the superiority of Turkish socks over other socks. . . believe it or not.
So what the hell is that? According to the BBC, as the president of the World Bank, Paul Wolfowitz pulls down $391,440 a year, but this guy is too much of a freakin' cheap-ass to buy new socks when the old ones have holes large enough to drive a truck through. Not only that, but it's clear that Wolfowitz is totally lacking any ability to plan ahead, otherwise, he would have thought to himself: "Hmmm . . . . I'm going to Turkey. If I get invited to someone's house, I may have to take off my shoes. If I go to a mosque, I will definitely have to take off my shoes. Maybe I should invest in a few pairs of new socks and take them with me on my trip."
This is the guy who went ballistic when Turkey refused to join the Coalition of the Willing back in 2003. This is the guy who was throwing billions--yes, billions--of dollars down on the table as a bribe to the Turks so that they'd join the Coalition, but the guy is too cheap to buy new socks. Now the Turkish Sock Industrialists' Association is going to send him twelve pairs of socks and--yes--that was the article from which TDN removed the picture of Wolfowitz and his socks.
Not only was this a Kodak moment, it was a bigtime point-and-giggle moment as well, and it just goes to show you that you can be a tightwad with no capability for foresight and be appointed to head the World Bank.
Geez . . . I don't even want to think about the condition of his underwear.