Things said during the Sotomayor Senate Confirmation Hearing:
"Would you think that Roe might be a super-duper precedent?" probed Sen. Arlen Specter, D-PA
With laughter filling the room, Sen. Tom Coburn R-OK interjected, "You'll have lots of 'splainin' to do.'"
There also were periodic references to baseball — Sotomayor is a Yankees' fan — as well as other light moments.
I mean "super-duper"? An I Love Lucy joke?? (which I'm shocked hasn't raised racism remarks yet).
I'm sorry are they having tea and cake or are they working to confirm a Supreme Court Justice? Is it really that much of a stretch to expect professionalism from them? This kind of thing would not fly during a corporate board room meeting; why do they feel it is acceptable to be so in-formal or casual about their job?
Answer by yourspecialkid at 5:01 PM on Jul. 15, 2009
Answer by beachmamaof2 at 5:14 PM on Jul. 15, 2009
"That type of language would have never been considered acceptable in any of the corporate environments I've been in; where we were in an official meeting."
Really? I was in corporate for several years and remember quite a few meetings where similar things happened. When meetings drag on and people get bored and loopy then this kind of thing happens. Other groups are probably not freaking out about this because they get that it's just an attempt to lighten the mood when things get to be too much.
Answer by Anonymous at 5:35 PM on Jul. 15, 2009
Answer by NotPanicking at 5:49 PM on Jul. 15, 2009
Yes; I've worked for two international manufacturing companies and several local domestic. What is acceptable on a plant floor between supervisors and some staff is different from what say the CEO and senior management would use.
I'm not talking about weekly/monthly management meetings; but perhaps a more official meeting between two companies preparing for a merger, etc...this would be considered sophomoric and unacceptable; the person/s using such language would likely be looked upon last the next time an opportunity for advancement occurred.
I'm not saying it's "bad" language; just less professional than I would have expected...
Answer by beachmamaof2 at 6:23 PM on Jul. 15, 2009
Answer by NotPanicking at 6:52 PM on Jul. 15, 2009
Answer by beachmamaof2 at 7:42 PM on Jul. 15, 2009
Answer by yourspecialkid at 9:19 PM on Jul. 15, 2009
Answer by beachmamaof2 at 9:35 PM on Jul. 15, 2009