As Floridians may or may not know, Rick Scott was on a taxpayer funded vacation trip to Spain this week, under the premise of "job creation" and bringing businesses to the state.
Right. I suppose being just giddy in the presence of austerity in action had nothing to do with it...
While Spain has put harsh austerity measures into place, it didn't help matters when King Juan Carlos set off on an elephant hunting trip to Botswana recently, a trip the people of Spain might not have known about had the King not fallen and broken his hip while he was at it. Private elephant hunts are quite costly and wouldn't sit well with struggling and unemployed Spaniards just barely scraping by. Never mind that the King also happens to be honorary president of the Spanish wing of the World Wildlife Fund. That trip is likely something the King would prefer people forget as quickly as possible.
Unfortunately for the King, Rick Scott, the King of Awkward, popped in for a visit. Thanks to He-Who-Steps-In-It-Regularly, the King won't be living down that hunting trip anytime soon. Scott seized the opportunity to share his own fond memories of adventures with elephants in Botswana....on camera.
From the Crowley Political Report:
As Scott enters the room, he says to the king:
"I still want to hear, I've ridden elephants, I've never tried to shoot one."
As you'll see in the video below, Scott seemed absolutely enchanted with the idea of shooting an elephant and wouldn't let the subject go. In fact he also wanted details on how the King broke his hip in the first place. (Somehow I don't think elephant hunting inquiries had anything more to do with job creation than Scott's "interest" in health care did for broken hips.) As you watch the video you can almost imagine the King thinking to himself "someone please get this man out of here, and turn off those cameras."
Worse for the King, the story didn't end there. It seems Spain also has a love of news satire, and Scott is no longer just a joke here at home. He's become an international joke preserved on film.
Gosh, I'll bet Scott and Mitt Romney could really share some great stories of dressage horse technique vs. elephant riding while chuckling over hilarious memories of firing people and cutting their safety net out from under them all in the same day.
Imagine a conversation between Rick Scott and George W. Bush: "Gosh, you know, I've thrown shoes before but I've never been hit by one! What's that like?"
Or out in the Texas heat: "Hey, you must be parched! Here, have a pretzel!"
Dick Cheney: "Hey, remember when you nearly blasted your friend's face off, and it took him a couple of days to apologize for his face being there in the first place? Man, what's up with that, huh?.......I'm sorry, what did you say.....you want me to go 'what myself'........?"
Watch below as Rick Scott becomes a royal pain in Spain: