Tuesday, Prime Minister Donald Tusk had some interesting things to say about buttons and about summer. Too bad the female journalist was trying to ask him about politics.
Here’s what went down. A journalist from Polskie Radi0 questioned Prime Minister Tusk about the Polish presidency of the European Union asking if everything was “buttoned to the last button” which is an idiom in Polish meaning that everything is all prepared –something like dotting your i’s and crossing your t’s in English.
Tusk replied (translation mine), “ The buttons are all buttoned up for sure… I’m a little bit … I am looking at your summer dress, Ms. Editor, and that’s why I don’t associate buttons to this…buttoning up to the last button. It’s not a rebuke, on the contrary. I really like … summer.
Here’s the original quote: Guziki wszystkie zapięte na pewno… Trochę taki jestem… Patrzę na letni strój pani redaktor i dlatego nie kojarzy mi się z tym… z dopięciem wszystkiego na ostatni guzik. To nie przygana, wręcz przeciwnie. Bardzo lubię… lato.
Tusk, Tusk, Tusk…I mean tsk, tsk, tsk.
Marek CyzioJune 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm
I like the guy, but what he said was really inappropriate. In a civilized country he would already resign (or at least pretend Chinese hacked his speech and he actually did not say it).
KasiaJune 2, 2011 at 12:28 pm
Or come on, I thought it actually was quite funny – he's usually very composed so this was unexpected. Maybe he's spending too much time with Mr President who's a known sexist.
AnonymousJune 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm
I think that we all in society are a little bit oversensitive, that's true, but if the journalist had made a similar joke concerning perhaps Tusk's zipper, what would the reaction be? In America they'd all go to rehab!Mr President would probably call her Maria Magdalena, biblical temptress. Or he wouldn't notice at all. I'm not sure hot, lady editors in summer dresses is his thing.Chris
ucieczkaJune 2, 2011 at 6:15 pm
It was hot, everyday he gets lots of questions, he just was thinking about something else and didn't even know about what she asked. He could ask for repetition but… well, I consider that funny 🙂 And the editor probably had a good day that prime minister was hitting on her 😀
StampusJune 2, 2011 at 6:50 pm
It is quite normal in Poland. It was a pretty normal remark. Please, leave us some political incorrectness, we don't want to be indistinguishable from other western countries. (It's not a sarcasm. It is really what I mean.)
StampusJune 2, 2011 at 7:11 pm
And I *really* want to live in a country with a stupid/ugly/irresponsible/sexist/drunk prime minister rather than in a country with a death penalty (brrr….)
LillaJune 3, 2011 at 8:48 am
The question is – was her dress appropriate?
AnonymousJune 3, 2011 at 11:13 am
Stampus – I can understand you. I have to say that the only compliments that I have ever received about my appearance were in Poland (excluding the very generic 'you look nice today'). Sometimes it is nice.Lilla – That's my question too because I heard this story on the radio so I cannot judge for myself.
Marek CyzioJune 3, 2011 at 4:33 pm
Lilla – who cares, even if she was naked, the prime minister should not comment on that.
StampusJune 3, 2011 at 4:46 pm
@Marek: Why? Could you base your opinion on some reasoning rather than on your moral intuitions?
Lois BJune 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm
I am sometimes surprised by things I've heard people say, and I only understand the English speakers, but I do find the lack of political correctness in Poland refreshing – it's very. . .real.