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An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Margaret Spellings' Undergarment Fixation-- Is An Intervention Necessary?

Education Secretary Spellings pulled out an favorite chestnut of hers at the news of that Dana Perino will be taking over temporarily for the ailing Tony Snow. As was noted in the news today:
"Perino has been flooded with calls of support, including one, she says, from Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, who told her: 'Put your big-girl panties on.'"

This is a not-so-charming little phrase out of which she's gotten quite a bit of mileage (see here, f'rinstance.). However, doesn't she understand that they are called "unmentionables" for a reason? To wit: you don't mention them, not if you want to be seen as having any gravitas.

And speaking of gravitas, by "big-girl panties," does she mean


or, these

or, these

or perhaps, ultimately, THESE lovelies, popular with astronauts everywhere?

Because, if I was going to have to be a presidential spokeperson in this day and age, I think the last one would be required.

I'm just sayin'.

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At 4/3/07, 6:17 AM, Blogger Mike in Texas said...

I'm almost certain she meant the granny panties. Notice the color on them, that way it helps hide certain little indiscretions, making sure you always look 99.9% pure.

At 4/3/07, 9:10 PM, Blogger mr. e said...

This isn't helping the porn issue you mentioned in an earlier post. Let's see, +"big girl" +panties +education hmmm...

At 4/4/07, 5:27 PM, Blogger Mrs. Bluebird said...

Hey at least she's talking about wearing panties...I have too many students who are following the Brittney lead and going without...with white tight pants no less...which earned Miss So Fine (one of my terrors from last year) a trip to guidance and a phone call home so mommy could bring her some panties to wear. Needless to say the 8th grade boys were having quite a fun day with the view.

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