In response to question about the kerfuffle over Hilary Rosen's comment that Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life White House Spokesman Jay Carney replied "I know three, personally, women named Hilary Rosen."
Poor Jay Carney. he's sounding as confused as the beleaguered Mr. Esmund, Sr. in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes who saw thousands of Lorelei Lees all around him.
Let us count the Hilary Rosens in Jay Carney's world. There is Hillary Rosen spokesperson for RIAA and lobbyist for SOPA. There is Hilary Rosen the CNN Contributor. There is Hilary Rosen single mother and GLBTG activist. There is Hilary Rosen current partner of Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federartion of Teachers. (That Hilary Rosen was half of the several gay and lesbian power couples at the recent state dinner honoring British PM Davide Cameron.)
That sure is a lot of Hilary Rosens.
Wait! They are all the same Hilary Rosen you say? So they are. And so far not one of them seems half as smart as the bane of Mr. Esmund, Sr. in choosing her words.
Esmund Sr. - Oh, shut up! Young lady, you don't fool me one bit.
Lorelei - l'm not trying to. But l bet l could.
Esmund Sr. You might convince this jackass, but you'll never convince me.
Lorelei -That's too bad. l do love him.
Esmund Sr-Certainly. For his money.
Lorelei No! Honestly.
Esmund Sr -You expect me to believe that you aren't marrying him for his money?
Lorelei -lt's true.
Esmund Sr-Then why do you want to marry him?
Lorelei -l want to marry him for your money.
Gus Esmund Jr. -There!
Lorelie in an aside to Gus -That's why we need his consent, silly.
Esmund Sr -We're getting down to brass tacks. You admit you're after money.
Lorelei -No, l don't. Aren't you funny? Don't you know that a rich man is like a pretty girl? You don't marry her just because she's pretty.
But, my goodness, doesn't it help? Would you want your daughter to marry a poor man? You'd want her to have the most wonderful things in the world.Why is it wrong for me to want those things?
Esmund Sr - Well, l concede that-- Say, they told me you were stupid. You don't sound stupid.
Lorelei - l can be smart when it's important. But most men don't like it. Except Gus. He's interested in my brains.
Esmund Sr- No, that much of a fool he's not.