Video: Worst: Designated driving debacle

By Keith Olbermann Anchor
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updated 11/1/2006 1:02:53 PM ET 2006-11-01T18:02:53
COMMENTARY

Every night at 8 p.m. on MSNBC, Keith Olbermann awards his daily pick for "Worst Person in the World." Some contenders are lucky — or unlucky —enough to be nominated more than once.

The Bronze for Tuesday goes to Paul Burgess who writes this to the left in an op-ed in a Virginia newspaper, the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star:

“I hate your lying guts.” 

He uses variations of the word “hate” 10 times in the piece, but the most remarkable is the opening paragraph:  “When I was speechwriting at the White House, one rule was enforced without exception; the president would not be given drafts that lowered him or the office, by responding to the articulations of hatred that drove so many of his critics.” 

Wait, you mean this president?  In this White House?  In this dimension? 

Our runner-up is Wade Horn, assistant secretary for Children and Families at the federal department of Health and Human Services.  He's the one explaining to newspapers why the department is extending its arguments on behalf of sexual abstinence to, not just teens anymore, but people between the ages of 20 an 29, even though the National Center of Health statistics reports that more than 90 percent of people in their 20's have already had sex. 

Kind of an uphill battle you picked there, Wade. 

But our winner is Alfredo Martinez, arrested last night in Reno, Nevada after his car was spotted weaving across the lanes of a local highway.  Mr. Martinez was not driving.  He had turned the wheel over to a designated driver, his son.  Mr. Martinez's son is seven years old. 

Alfredo Martinez of Reno, Nevada is Tuesday's “Worst Person in the World.”

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