Two years ago a natural disaster alerted everyone to the fact that, oh yeah, slavery was once legal in this country and guess what a lot of people are still unconscionably poor because of it even as pathologically ambitious types like Condi Rice prove themselves totally able to say goodbye to all that and overcome their adversity by buying shoes at Ferragamo. So it is fitting that it is today, the second anniversary of Katrina, that we are treated to this latest glimpse into how the administration's most prominent black person feels about the poors. According to a new biography, a jewelry salesperson had the temerity to show our Secretary of State "costume jewelry."
"Let's get one thing straight," [Stanford Professor and Condi friend Coit Blacker] recalls her saying. "You are behind the counter because you have to work for minimum wage. I'm on this side asking to see the good jewelry because I make considerably more."
This all brings up an important point: if you really think you deserve what you have, you are maybe not the best student of history, which is a particular shame if you're the Secretary of State, but anyway, trust us: you don't. Tipping 25% is a good way to remind yourself of that. (And also, start earning frequent buyback points from bartenders.)