Politicians make mistakes–some more than others. President Barack Obama mispronounced “corpsman” as “corpse-man” when referring to a member of the U.S. Navy. Former President George W. Bush remarked that certain individuals “misunderestimated” him.
During this past Memorial Day parade in Glen Cove, Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti felt it was appropriate to march with the council and gab on his cell phone. Despite there being a photo of him doing it, do not expect a mea culpa. If history repeats itself, we should anticipate a sheepish explanation by the councilman such as, “I own many cell phones and I’m not sure which one you are referring to” or “I was on the phone with my team of attorneys.” Do not be surprised if one of his disciples has the audacity to take the blame for the call–nuttier things have happened at city council meetings.
The photos of American flags in front of tombstones–something widely seen on Memorial Day–should have given Spagnoletti pause before blabbering on his cell as he waved to the crowd. He should have taken his phone conversation elsewhere. We should expect more from him since he currently sits on Congressman Steve Israel’s Military Academy Nominations Selection Committee. Maybe next year, he will show a modicum of class by leaving the phone off. Honoring dead men and women who served in our military is why you march, Councilman Spagnoletti–nothing else.