Safeway Inc is a Fortune 500 company. At its annual meeting recently the general counsel attempted to ‘joke’ about two of the most powerful women in Washington; Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately for the general counsel, particularly Robert Gordon, who is also chief governance officer, the joke has been branded sexist by many and was met with a lack of amusement from people at the annual meeting.
The joke can be found here: http://www.law.com/jsp/cc/PubArticleCC.jsp?id=1202554396609&Was_the_Safeway_General_Counsels_Big_Joke_Sexist. The joke is a reused one which was told during Bill Clinton’s presidency. The gist of it involves comparing Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi’s value to that of two pigs. The president is carrying two pigs under his arms, who are both complimented by a secret service agent. When the president states that he ‘got one for Hillary and one for Nancy’, the agent responds ‘excellent trade sir’.
For those interested in hearing the joke as it was told, an audio recording of Robert Gordon telling the joke can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MCWMrGUouoQ. Read more »