And This Year’s Paul O’Neill Award Goes to …

Mar 8, 2004  •  Post A Comment

This brand-new award is named for President Bush’s former treasury secretary, who was hard to translate when he was in the administration but who clearly dissed his former boss in his book “The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill.”

This award, which has an unofficial subtitle that can be used only in less-polite adult company, this year goes to N. Gregory Mankiw (right). The chairman of Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers is a former college professor who said outsourcing jobs can be good for the U.S. economy.

The runners-up: Secretary of Education Rod Paige (who called the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union, “a terrorist organization” during a private meeting last month and then tried to explain it away as a bad joke), and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (“You never knew whether he was going to come out with something odd”).