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Thu August 15, 2013
Kevyn Orr apologizes for calling Detroit 'dumb, lazy, happy and rich'
There's been an apology from Detroit's Emergency Manager for those now-infamous comments made in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. That's where Kevyn Orr described Detroit in these words: "For a long time the city was dumb, lazy, happy and rich."
Speaking to WXYZ-TV reporters, Orr offered up a mea culpa:
"In my wildest dreams I never would have thought that would have been interpreted as an insult. I also perhaps was not as in tune as I should have been to the fact that I said that a week before an election. Not a particularly smart thing to do. I was being dumb in that sense."
What effect will those words and the apology have on Orr's ability to work with Detroit leaders and citizens? And was there a point to what he was trying to say to the Wall Street Journal?
Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes joined us today.
Listen to the full interview above.
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