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For those who misunderstood my joke today, here’s my quest for forgiveness…

Last week my joke at the Conservative Political Action Conference generated laughter and media attention. Today on Andrea Mitchell’s show, my aspirin joke bombed as many didn’t recognize it as a joke but thought it was my prescription for today’s birth control practices. In fact, the only positive comments I got were from folks who remembered it from 50 years back. Birth control pills weren’t yet available, so everyone laughed at the silliness on how an aspirin could become a birth control pill.

After listening to the segment tonight, I can understand how I confused people with the way I worded the joke and their taking offense is very understandable. To all those who took my joke as modern day approach I deeply apologize and seek your forgiveness. My wife constantly tells me I need new material—she understood the joke but didn’t like it anyway—so I will keep that old one in the past where it belongs.

I am a big fan of the ancient Jewish scripture which says “God works everything for good for those that love Him and are called to His purpose.” So maybe the good to come from the high profile reaction is a better understanding of Rick Santorum. He publicly stated he would not ban contraception; he has said if he were a member of a state legislature which introduced such a bill, he would vote against it; and he has incurred the wrath of his more conservative friends for voting to fund contraception to fight AIDS in Africa.

His 75% favorables include a lot of women who appreciate his clear stance on contraception that they favor. His strong personal convictions on the subject are well-known and he has never attempted to turn his personal preference into public policy unlike the stand President Obama has taken in forcing Catholic institutions to embrace his world view.

To those who applauded my comments and remembered the joke, thanks for your encouragement. To those who thought I was callously encouraging that as a prescription for today, I kindly ask your forgiveness. God Bless, Foster****


  1. Andrea

    I didn’t find his comment offensive. However, what I find absolutely ludicrous is people saying he should stop funding Santorum’s campaign and give his money to better causes. Have you done no research on this man? He has given away millions to causes and his generosity is among the greatest I have ever seen. Why is it that people think that those who have money should donate all of it simply because they are wealthy? If those causes mean so much to you – why don’t you take responsibility and donate? It’s his money – you have no business telling him what to do with it.

  2. Peter J McMullen

    If I recall correctly, this is an old Joan Rivers joke from around 40 years ago. Whoever is “offended” by your comment should take it up with her. No one “misunderstood” your joke. They are simply using it to feign righteous indignation as an ad hominem fallacy to attack your position. No apologies necessary in my book.

  3. Deab

    Will someone please explain to me how the joke about women putting aspirin between their knees as a kind of contraception is funny? Or how it was supposed to work? I’m not trying to make political commentary, I truly don’t understand the basis of the joke. To me it just seems like a moronic, asinine comment, with no basis in reality. Did women really do this? How did it work?

  4. Mike Coughlin

    Foster, I have written to his holiness Pope Benedict to suggest he change the rules so you can be canonized as a Catholic saint in your own lifetime. In my humble opinion, you are right up there with St. Charles Borromeo and St. Ambrose of Milan. God bless.

  5. Dave Colf

    This is causing an uproar? Honest to Christ, Biden can claim that you can’t walk into a 7-11 without an Indian accent and no one bats and eye. Jim Moran can claim in 2003 on national news that the Jews are responsible for our involvement in the MIddle East and it’s okie-dokie, nothing to see here. Pelosi et al can get away with calling Americans who hold to a different political philosophy “domestic terrorists” and no one cries foul. Please retract your apology and tell the whiners to grow the heck up.

  6. David Webb

    I think the best thing to come out of all of this is that liberals have demonstrated their tolerance and ability to forgive.

    Did you notice the outpouring of foregiveness from the liberal Democrats on this board? Yeah, me meither.

    • D.E. hale

      David, if Foster had not offered a feeble, backhanded, qualified apology (I can understand how I confused people), more people would forgive him. I know I would. No one was confused!

      There are conservatives and independents pissed out this!

  7. David Webb

    Dear Mr. Friess,

    Thank God for you and men like you!

    First, I thought your joke was damn funny! All good humor is based on truth and everyone can recognize the truth in this joke: “the only “contraception” that works 100% of the time is not having sex; and, women used to practice more discretion in their personal lives then they do today.” Those things are just true.

    Second, to the raging women who have posted on your blog, calling you a “pig” and other over-the-top names, get a life. I’ll guarantee you they couldn’t get laid in a morgue. That’s an old “off color joke” that a friend of mine used to tell. It’s a bit tasteless in my opinion but these “women” have been equally tasteless in their attacks on you. The problem for most of them is they live in houses with mirrors. If they didn’t have to look in the mirror so often, they wouldn’t be so pissed off all the time.

    So, “ladies” since nature gave you the perfect contraception – your face, try not to blame the rest of us for that. By the way, I’m an Obama supporter, so if you want to hate me politically, you have to hate Obama too. FYI, I have a friend who worked in the White House the first two years of Obama’s administration…he said Barry makes jokes about Michelle’s fat a** all the time. Why do you think they are never together (except planned photo ops)? They ever take different planes to Hawaii, etc.

    Take Care Foster! Keep a smile on your face.

    David

    • Patricia Dumas

      David, you are such a self righteous plebe. I hope you are a woman some day and get cramps to knock your socks off.

      For berating the “ladies” — only an old-fashioned dope says “ladies”– because of the way they MIGHT look, that is tasteless.. I’m sure you’ll not see any of them– in or out of the hay.

      May I say YOUR contraception is your mind. And no self-respecting woman would have that.

      • Carol

        Patrica

        You have to over look the Liberal David because Liberalism is a mental disease. :) And no I do not hate Obama/aka/Barry Soetoro…I INTENSELY DETEST THE LITTLE MAN!

        p.s. Barry also called Michelle a “angry black woman.” hmmmmm

  8. [...] Andrew Rafferty reports, Foster Friess tweeted out a link to an apology of sorts posted on his website asking for forgiveness for what he describes as an old “joke”: “To those who [...]

  9. Don Hale

    As a Christian I found your “joke” vulgar and demeaning to women. Give us a break rich boy! Everyone understood your pathetic “joke.” As a former financial services representative (i.e. sales), One would think you inherited your all your money, based on your total lack of social intelligence.

    As much as I despise you & most of today’s so-called “conservatives,” I must say you may be doing the American People a service by helping Ricky drag out the Republican selection process. A brokered convention will be divisive to your cause and extremely entertaining. Please continue “not” coordinating with Ricky. Oh, and please keep talking on TV.

  10. [...] If you don’t at least suspect that Foster’s fake mea culpa this morning* was ghost-written by one of his amanuenses, you aren’t thinking critically. Fine for a blog reader; deadly for media – whether “new” or traditional. [...]

  11. [...] who took my joke as modern day approach I deeply apologize and seek your forgiveness,” he wrote on his blog, which exists, and will have a lot more readers from here on out. Santorum, too, told reporters [...]

  12. Melinda Baker

    I see nothing wrong with your comment about aspirin between the legs of women. It was just a colorful way of saying abstinence. Don’t let them make this an issue. It was not a big deal. I will never forget Reverend Wright talking about very vulgar things that played all over the news and I never heard anyone having to catch their breath. They should of. Let us set the agenda not the media.

    • David Webb

      Good for you Melinda!

      You mean whenRev. Wright said, “Bill Clinton is doing us like he did Monica Lewinsky…riding dirty!”

    • injaynesworld

      Why is it that no one has suggested that men keep their pants zipped? If abstinence is a good enough solution for women, shouldn’t it also be good enough for men? Men are, after all, one half of the equation that produces a pregnancy. I wonder if men would find that suggestion just as outrageous as many women are finding Mr. Friess’s idea of the good ol’ days of birth control in this country.

  13. Tank Flynn

    No one “misunderstood” the joke. We knew it was a joke… just a lame, bad and stupid one that served to shine a light on how out-of-touch you are and how little you think of women.

    …also, I don’t know how playing a videotaped recording of your own, unprovoked, cluelessness is “gotcha journalism.” …way to weasel out of making an ACTUAL apology. Blame the media for telling the world what you ACTUALLY SAID.

    I’m guessing this comment won’t get past the moderator. So be it.

    • ernie svites

      foster, you are an idiot, and a rich one at that. just think of all the people you could help with the money you are wasting on santorum. you expressed surprise when andrea mitchell told you santorum came out against contraception and birth control. he stated on videotape that he is against all forms of birth control and believes sex is for procreation and not for pleasure. he said it is a sin against God to use birth control and it is a sin to enjoy sex. now there is the guy we want to be president. someone straight out of the 15th century. do us all a favor and flush all of your money down the toilet instead of giving it to santorum. he is the anti-christ and a dangerous freak of nature. but, then again, maybe you should continue to fund him, that will keep his campaign going long enough to screw up the circular firing squad aka the republican party to the point that it will virtually guarantee president obama’s re-election . thank you for your support.

      • David Webb

        Hey Ernie, how could he be the “anit-Christ” by following Christian principles? And he never said, sex shouldn’t be pleasurable. Of course, as a man of the left, you have to lie to win an argument.

        Here’s a news flash for you: We’re not going to let you leftists destory our country.

        Why don’t you writ Barry a letter and thank him for $3.55 pr galon gas. Gas is now the highest it’s EVER BEEN at his time of year. Thanks to your boy Barry! And you’re worried about an aspirin joke? Typical liberal.

  14. jim

    Foster:

    Time for you to do some soul searching. When you tell a joke like this, it displays to others who you really are inside, a la Al Campanis, Fuzzy Zoeller with racist jokes. You can pass it off as a joke, but you are denying yourself the self-accountability required to change. Pray about it and ask God to change your heart. If you care about Rick Santorum, you will quietly exit the public conversation, as I am sure his campaign has asked you to do.

    • Philster

      “…it displays to others who you really are inside, a la Al Campanis, Fuzzy Zoeller with racist jokes.”

      I don’t get your point. How was Friess’ joke racist? Or are you saying that someone who makes an ancient, non-racist joke that you don’t like is a racist?

  15. Carol

    Oh, my goodness! So many people that has came to this blog to spout their judgemental hateful words! What would be said about you from people you have known that could say plenty about your so “without sin” life! Can you cast that first stone? Can you clean off your own door step? I do not have to forgive Mr. Friess because it is not my place.

    Use your efforts to build some one up instead of trashing this man and you will be much happier in life. Look at the wonderful things this man has done and not at a slip of the tounge.

    Stay strong Mr. Freiss..

    God Bless America

    God Bless our Troops

  16. [...] backer suggests using aspirin as birth control method (but later back tracks on his [...]

  17. [...] for his part, wrote on his blog that the comment was just an old joke from before the invention of the Pill. He apologized to [...]

  18. Treugut

    Great idea with the aspirin, tell raped women and girls all over the world to keep their legs closed, that’ll help. Considering yourself a Christian I find it a shame how insensitive you are towards tortured and abused women and especially how you blame the victims for not keeping their legs shut. It’s great that you realize your jokes are outdated, maybe it’s time to realize big parts of your world view and opinions on sexual violence are as well.

    • Andrew

      How do you make the jump from birth control to sexual violence. The joke did nothing more than highlight the issue of choice.

      • Albie'sWorld

        Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. Easily observed that men are doing most of the commenting and replying. Those of you who are rooting for and defending the arcane “joke” and the outdated joker: all of you have/had mothers; some of you have a wife, lover, sister(s) and/or daughter(s). What are you thinking by giving this support? Think of how your like-minded cohorts think of the women in your life. I wouldn’t want my worst enemy to be so disrespected and treated as such trash. Misogyny isn’t pretty. In our democratic republic, you are going against our constitution – our women are NOT CHATTEL.

    • David Webb

      How many rapists use contraception genius?! What a fool.

      I’ll guarantee you Foster Friess has done FAR MORE for victims of domestic violence than you have.

      Second, why do liberal judges keep letting rapists out of jail and giving them light sentences? Let’s do this, let’s increase the penalty for rape to 20 years on first offense and life in priso without parole on a second offense? Willing to put your money where your mouth is tough guy? Didnt think so.

  19. Edwin

    It is pathetic that you are given the opportunity to voice your opinion on a subject that you showed a massive amount of ignorance.

    To joke about what has become a serious issue because of your financial manipulation is silly and misguided. Your contribution to our society is harmful.

    From what I can tell, your interaction with the media suggest to me that you are a theocrat and want to use Rick Santorum as a puppet to advance your agenda.

    Sen. (which I use “loosely,” “loosely,” a word you might use to describe most women) Santorum is a pathetic excuse of a politican who has no conviction. He just recites your talking points.

    I really had little clue who you were until a few weeks ago, but you do not deserve the media coverage you get. Why don’t use your money to help society with all of the issues that are harmful rather than giving it to Santorum and building websites like this one, which uses an outdated motif of the “cowboy.”

    The only cow outfit you and Santorum should be caught in public with are Dallas Cowgirl Cheerleader outfits. If the media is “smart,” they will not cover the two of you prancing around in those outfits.

    • Jerry

      Edwin I respect your right to you opinion even though it is a irritatingly harsh. I can forgive you because you do not obviously know much about Foster from your own admission. I can educate you a bit from only my first hand knowledge of the issues that Foster and Lynn have tackled that are harmful to millions of people.
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      • Jerry

        Edwin I respect your right to you opinion even though it is a irritatingly harsh. I can forgive you because you do not obviously know much about Foster from your own admission. I can educate you a bit from only my first hand knowledge of the issues that Foster and Lynn have tackled that are harmful to millions of people.
        1. Directly and indirectly raised millions of dollars for supplying clean water to victims of the Tsunami in Sri Lanka. Sending water systems to the countries of Honduras and Africa.
        2. Providing medical equipment to an organization that offers free medical services to a segment of the population in need.
        3. Gave a grant to a local organization to provide mentoring services to children that has resulted in over a thousand new mentors.

        These are only ones that I have first hand knowledge of and represent a very small portion of his giving for good.

        His joke was to make a point back to the time that he grew up in. Not to present a present day solution. It was worded in a way that could have been misconstrued and for that Foster apologized in the same classy, humble way he lives his life.

        Search the web and you can find many more examples of his generosity by giving money to help society with all of the issues that are harmful.

        He is a devout Christian and walks the talk and I am honored to know him.

        Jerry

  20. eddie333

    Mr. Freiss, I loved your Bayer aspirin comment, and I laughed pretty hard because is was quite clever! Of course, liberals look for any reason to give conservatives a hard time, and your comment was easy picking for them. Shame on them! They are oh so comfortable with slaughtering young life in the womb–not offended by that, are they. But your comment sent them over the edge, or they pretended it did.

    Looking forward to Christ’s returm – see you there!

  21. Andrew

    There was a spelling mistake in my first post on this subject. Please replace with the following.

    Comparing aspirin to birth control is no more off color than the President calling it a preventive healthcare issue. The real issue is about freedom and choice. Calling birth control a preventive healthcare need cheapens the important and real issue of choice. It does however allow folks to sidestep the issue of personal responsibility.

    Mandating who pays for whom, or suggesting that that he has a mathematical formula that can measure the value between a planned pregnancy and a so called unwanted pregnancy only serves to highlight the difference between conservatives and progressives. We value Life, Choice, and personal responsibility. They simply want to promote their asymmetrical world views and will do anything to win, even twisting important life issues into a marketing campaign designed to buy votes.

  22. [...] we all stitched up our splitting sides, Friess issued an apology: After listening to the segment tonight, I can understand [...]

  23. [...] apologized Friday in a blog post. But Santorum was repeatedly forced to distance himself from his surrogate’s comments, which [...]

  24. Carren Bersch

    The comment has nothing to do with “left” or “right” … but it does have to do with what we women had hoped, by now, had been overcome by equality. It is painful for most women to hear such a crude remark, and for those of us who suffered a rape or lived through social ostracism in the 1960s if we bore a child out of wedlock, it is surely more painful. Most all of us are guilty of having said thoughtless things and we get forgiven; but to say such a thing in as public a manner as this — and to then label the comment as a “joke” — makes it difficult to understand how long women have to continue to suffer an insult and be expected to forgive it and then continue to have to overlook the fact that it was said. Around the world there are women who are being stolen from their families to pay the price for a family feud … there are women who are being raped and mutilated as part of war … there are women who continue to suffer indignities that men have never had to undergo. A bit of respect would be welcome, and forgiveness then could be easily given. But to say this was a “joke” simply was not respectful. Perhaps a more sincere and deeply felt apology is in order?

  25. Sandy Denson

    God works in mysterious ways. He knows your heart, keep the jokes coming!

  26. [...] has been pushing his agenda on the poor Catholics. He said the same thing essentially on his blog. He honestly does not understand why people found his joke insulting. He mistakes the sarcastic [...]

  27. Pwik

    Well, I think you are missing the point. No one thinks you actually meant that as a prescription. The rub is the attitude behind the “joke”. We know that “abstinence” and “just say no” is not an effective response to unwanted pregnancies. There is a clear correlation between easy access to effective birth control and falling rates of STDs and abortion, both of which are laudable social goals. Your flippant attitude toward an issue that is, literally, life and death, is what sticks in the craw. And the fact that this is even an issue is troublesome to most people, the vast majority (especially Catholics) of whom use birth control.

    We as a society fought for generations to stop shaming women around their reproductive role and to improve women’s health care across the board. We sought to help our young men take responsibility for the health and well-being of their partners through their consistent use of barrier protection. It is of deep concern that politicians want to put this back on the political front instead of leaving it in the public and private health sector where it belongs.

  28. [...] in Washington is defined as a gaffe a person makes when he or she inadvertently speaks the truth.From Friess today:Last week my joke at the Conservative Political Action Conference generated laughter and media [...]

  29. [...] we all stitched up our splitting sides, Friess issued an apology: After listening to the segment tonight, I can understand how I confused people with the way I [...]

  30. Loretta Lay

    When I was 12 years old my poor Dad sat me down to give me “the talk”. With his face as red as a beet, he gave me the same advice as you stated, “put an aspirin between your knees and keep them shut”. I got the message, abstain from sexual intercourse. “Good girls” didn’t do that back then until they were married. What a sad commentary on the morality of this nation. They got your message, they just didn’t like or want to hear it!

  31. Teah Bagget

    You dont get it Foster.

    Your comments were not “misunderstood” – they were perfectly understood and they are misogynistic. As we all know from the birds and the bees, it takes two to tango – and by placing the onus on the woman alone and absolving the man of any responsibility you are making a sexist statement…even if it was meant as a joke, its still sexist and sexist jokes are simply not acceptable. You need to acknowledge your sexism and apologize for that instead of hollowly apologizing for being “misunderstood”.

    This post probably will probably be deleted, altered or removed, but its the truth and had to be said.

    • David Webb

      Teah, here’s a newsflash for you. Men and women are different! WHOOOA, that’s not what the “equality police” have been telling you is it? The reason that girls took the responsibility for not having sex with over zealous boys, is that they were the ones who got pregnant if they didn’t. Now that the left has given us abortion as birth control, all your dreams have come true right? When a little girl baby is killed through abortion, how is that women’s rights exactly?

      BTW, keep voting Democrat, the home of such well-known respectors of women as Bill Clinton, John Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, Chris Dodd, etc. etc.

      • Teah Bagget

        Here is a newsflash for you: I am a conservative Republican! Now, its Neanderthals like you who are pushing the good middle of the road folks like myself out of the party and away from the voting booth because of their sexist and misguided views (I would rather not vote than vote democrat). And by the way, I hate abortion, and if people actually used birth control then abortion wouldnt even be around. I realize that makes sense, and since we have a common goal of eliminating abortions, then maybe we should do something about it since the lawmakers and courts wont….and birth control prevents abortions because it prevents pregnancy. But keep talkin, as you are only destroying modern conservatism and the Republican party with your extremist rhetoric and sexist views.

  32. Deborah

    Foster Friess, after your recent comment re. contraception, I feel you have got to be one of the dumbest, most insensitive, sexist men I have ever heard of. You and people like Rick Santorum will not get the support of anyone with half a brain – just the simple-minded, religious kooks in the world. I’m planning on voting – but not for Santorum. Good luck!

  33. Conservative mom

    Was so glad to find a place to say “thank you” for your comments. My grandma used to tell me to use a quarter instead of an aspirin. It was a humorous way to encourage virtue! The furor over your comment is a symptom of the decline of today’s culture. Thank you for your help in the conservative cause. There are millions of us out here, trying to do what is right and good, while teaching our children to do the same. Blessings on you and your household…

  34. Emma Kinzel

    This is a joke from the 1950”s. It was a disgusting remark towards women then, why should it be different 60 years later. A spiritual man would never make such a remark about women. Women will accept your apology, but they will never forget how you make them feel. You are a sad person. May God forgive you.

  35. Peter Weiser, MD, JD

    Church run enterprises compete in an ideally free or partially regulated marketplace. These enterprises are businesses (even if nonprofit hospitals or schools) that are not direct efforts to promote religious beliefs nor activities – that is, Church activities. These enterprises by Constitutional law should not receive State sponsored advantages by not needing to provide healthcare services that are opposed by Church doctrine.

    By the way, the aspirin thing wasn’t funny 60 years ago. It was one of those comments that was so stupid it made people laugh at the stupidity of the person who told the story and believed that an aspirin used in such a manner actually prevented sexual activity.

  36. Linda Davis

    Please, Mr. Friess- don’t try to peddle your aspirin comment as a ‘joke’. It was perfectly obvious what you were REALLY saying: ‘women wouldn’t need contraceptives if they would just keep their legs together’. Well Mr. Friess, if you would venture into the 21st century for a moment, you would learn that #1; many MARRIED women use birth control to keep their number of children to a level the family can AFFORD. And #2: women don’t get pregnant on their own, sir. Perhaps you wouldn’t need to worry so much about the position of women’s knees if you and your fellow men spent more time worrying about the position of their zippers. #3: I don’t worry about what you do in YOUR life and YOUR bedroom. STAY THE HELL OUT OF MINE.

  37. MIke

    Where did all the comments go?

  38. [...] we all stitched up our splitting sides, Friess issued an apology: After listening to the segment tonight, I can understand how I confused people with the way I [...]

  39. Jim McMillin

    Foster:

    Hello from a Chi Phi brother [Kappa 63]. I got your joke right away and I still remember it well. Best to you and when I told my Sons and daughter that we were Frat Brothers they said “No Way”. Also, the Uof W has a basketball player named Mike Bruezowitz and it made me wonder if that was Terry’s grandson. I looked him up and gave him a call and we had a great chat. Our years in Chi Phi produced some, and had some, great talent and years later it is great to see them in the forefront of this great country. I stand with your principles, God is good, and Diane and I wish you and wife the best. We are hitting 46 years and can’t believe how great Love is!!

  40. Sherry Friedrichs

    That’s the problem with you religious nuts who think your god will forgive anything. So you just do and say whatever you want without thinking about the repercussions because you’ll be forgiven. Too bad your mom didn’t use that aspirin or have access to some effective form of birth control so you wouldn’t exist. You certainly have no concept of what is considered funny. How would you like me telling you what to do. Just because you have more money than any one person needs, doesn’t mean that you can shove your beliefs down my throat and can tell me or other women what they should be doing. I wonder how many ED pills it takes for you get your tiny brain to function? Hopefully your oral contribution will derail the campaign momentum for the proselytizing, inept candidate you support. There are a lot of better things that you could be supporting with the money you are wasting on him, but it is your money and far be it for me to be telling you what to do with it, but I know there are millions of women and men that support women’s causes that would be more than happy to tell you what you can do. But the whole point is everyone should have the ability to make their own choices, not have someone else making their choices for them.

  41. [...] a statement on his website, Friess pronounced a “joke bombed,” essay that “many didn’t commend it as a [...]

  42. A Tentoni

    People really didn’t get the aspirin thing? People took that seriously? No, surely they’re just putting on a show! What a totally innocent comment. You didn’t say anything wrong as far as I’m concerned. My goodness. The left is so touchy.

    • Andrew

      Comparing aspirin to birth control is no more off color than the President calling it a preventive healthcare issue. The real issue is about freedom and choice. Calling birth control a preventive healthcare need cheapens the important and real issue of choice and reasonability. It does however allow folks to sidestep the issue of personal reasonability.

      Mandating who pays for whom, or suggesting that that he has a mathematical formula that can measure the value between a planned pregnancy and a so called unwanted pregnancy only serves to highlight the difference between conservatives and progressives. We value Life, Choice, and personal reasonability. They simply want to promote their asymmetrical world views and will do anything to win, even twisting important life issues into a marketing campaign designed to buy votes.

    • L Troudt

      to A. Tentoni….you evidently didn’t grow up in the 1950′s when such comments were common from white males both young and old. It wasn’t funny then and it isn’t funny now. And no, they were not innocent comments…they were demeaning to women then as now.

  43. Rev Dr Garry Gibson

    Beware humour in poliitics – some people will pretend to misunderstand – just to take advantage of the ensuing controversy. Simply let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and you ‘no’, ‘no’ – Mt 5:37

    Before 1960 the condom was, of course, available. Everyone in the British army was supplied with one in his pay-book, but I never used it, and subsequently was, like my “born again” Christian wife, a virgin when I married.
    I was in the Medical Corps 1956-58 and only once in Libya did a sergeant ask me for one. Most soldiers there were afraid of VD.

  44. [...] From Friess today: Last week my joke at the Conservative Political Action Conference generated laughter and media attention. Today on Andrea Mitchell’s show, my aspirin joke bombed as many didn’t recognize it as a joke but thought it was my prescription for today’s birth control practices. In fact, the only positive comments I got were from folks who remembered it from 50 years back. Birth control pills weren’t yet available, so everyone laughed at the silliness on how an aspirin could become a birth control pill. [...]

  45. David

    How fun, sitting around the campfire with an old white misogynist. I’ll bet the women in your employment know their place. You make sexist jokes with such ease, that’s what happens when you surround yourself with yes-men and lickspittle so no wonder you’re still trapped in the ’50 when men told women what was good for them.

  46. Tess

    aspirin between the kness, really? honestly? it’s a joke? if you are to be a spokesperson take a moment and understand your audience. You’ve done a lot of harm, and it shows a way of thinking about the world that is not only “old fashioned” but medieval. It’s depressing that you have been singled out a as representative. honestly, I hope you’re not. Please stay out on the range with antelope.

  47. [...] the Internet and was featured this morning on NPR. Friess has apologized and last night tried to [...]

  48. C@

    I never heard that joke before, but I think it is hilarious!

  49. [...] Friess, on his website, later apologized for his comments: [...]

  50. bailey

    yeah.. it was a STUPID joke.. how about you males putting aspirins between YOUR legs, keeping YOUR hands to yourself and stop being stupid? Nah.. that’s asking way too much.. what an idiot.. backing another idiot

  51. [...] we all stitched up our splitting sides, Friess issued an apology: After listening to the segment tonight, I can understand [...]

  52. John

    The “ancient” Jewish book you refereed in your apology is actually from the Book of Romans, (Romans 8:28) attributed to a Jewish Pharisee named Paul a disciple of Jesus Christ, the man that most Jews and progressive liberals hold in low esteem.

    Incidentally, I am fine with your joke. Andrea M. is the one who should apology for being a left/progressive closed minded liberal. Its reporters like her an her Husband while in charge of the Fed helped to create our financial fiasco.

    Thanks for all the good you are doing!!

  53. Patricia Dumas

    Foster, are you kidding me? Back in YOUR day, and even in part of mine, women– Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc, were using wire coat hangers as contraception! DId you forget that??
    It’s not a joke how many women suffered and died from lack of help during rape, date rape, bad decisions, etc.

    Although I am 10 years younger than you, your time (I’m sure you partied, had out of marriage sex, and possibly conceived a baby with someone you didn’t want) , is way over. Thank goodness. Nobody is forcing anyone to do anything against their religion. Just to offer birth control if wanted. Let’s get off this ancient, dusty and musty topic. It’s seen the light of day, women have rights and options now and it’s legal. Thanks to Bill Baird and a host of others we are out of the dark ages where wire hangers and “aspirin” were de rigeur. You should be ashamed. I suggest you and your country club buddies yuck it up in the real world every once in a while.

  54. Patricia Dumas

    Foster, are you kidding me? Back in YOUR day, and even in part of mine, women– Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc, were using wire coat hangers as contraception! DId you forget that??
    It’s not a joke how many women suffered and died from lack of help during rape, date rape, bad decisions, etc.

    Although I am 10 years older than you, your time (I’m sure you partied, had out of marriage sex, and possibly conceived a baby with someone you didn’t want) , is way over. Thank goodness. Nobody is forcing anyone to do anything against their religion. Just to offer birth control if wanted. Let’s get off this ancient, dusty and musty topic. It’s seen the light of day, women have rights and options now and it’s legal. Thanks to Bill Baird and a host of others we are out of the dark ages where wire hangers and “aspirin” were de rigeur. You should be ashamed. I suggest you and your country club buddies yuck it up in the real world every once in a while.

  55. [...] when the nation is embroiled in a very serious debate over the issue and religion. To his credit, Friess asked for forgiveness on his blog last night. Today on Andrea Mitchell’s show, my aspirin joke bombed as many didn’t [...]

  56. Richard Bruce

    Foster Friess just pulled out an old joke from the 60′s that was funny back then, but apparently ruffles the feathers of the uber-sensitive nowadays who might not be as well seasoned. The truth was it worked and it was cheap, and still funny I don’t care who you are.

  57. janice thompson

    all joking aside souinds like you could use a botttle of aspirin.
    As an older female that didn’t fly with me nor should anyone ever joke about this topic.

  58. Nyp

    Welcome to the NFL.

  59. Mark Milano

    I notice there are no negative responses to this post – I can’t believe that none have been posted. Have you deleted them?

    Your joke was despicable. Of course, we got the joke. But it revealed what you really think of women: that they just need to control themselves and abstain from sex. Who are you to proscribe their behavior? Any time men choose to tell women what they should do with their bodies, my hackles go up.

    And the fact that Santorum wouldn’t ban contraception is totally off-topic. Who is even fantasizing about banning it? We’re talking about forcing working women to pay for it themselves, because religious-affiliated orgs refuse to provide health insurance that covers it. Women should make their own choices about their sex lives and their bodies, not their employers.

    Shame on you.

  60. [...] billionaire who supports Rick Santorum for president.Welcome to the Age of Political Correctness: Foster Friess has felt the need to apologize for telling that old joke.Should conservatives denounce, disavow and ”distance” ourselves from Mr. Friess? Not [...]

  61. [...] we all stitched up our splitting sides, Friess issued an apology: After listening to the segment tonight, I can understand [...]

  62. [...] Santorum’s billionaire backer Foster Friess wrote on his blog Friday morning that he “deeply” apologizes to anyone who thought he was telling women to use aspirin [...]

  63. lisa

    Oh, sure, blame the people who heard the “joke,” not the person who told it. This isn’t 50 years ago, and women won’t stand for this today.

  64. Maggie Smith

    The ‘joke’ was totally tasteless and offensive to both modern women and modern men.

  65. Alexis Warden

    I think this guy needs to read his bible a little more, that scripture is from the book of Romans, Romans 8:28. I don’t think the Jewish people use that one.

  66. Al in SoCal

    We know the truth behind your comments. This is the prescription Republican “God fearing” men want for women, no access to birth-control, no access to reproductive choice (aka abortion services). It’s a scary forced-birth scenario. You blame the woman for getting pregnant and cry foul when insurance companies happily pay for erectile dysfunction medication. It’s a disgusting misogynistic world view.

  67. Monica

    Hmm my post was deleted. Here is what I said- your “joke” wasn’t funny and your apology is garbage. The whole fact that you weighed in on something that has nothing to do with you is disgusting.

  68. dr1

    another racist,sexist!!! pig,bravo pig

    • David Webb

      “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky.” – Bill Clinton

      Did you have equal rage for your former President? Of course not.

      How would you know he’s racist?

  69. Rick Rauch

    The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.

    Albert Camus

  70. Sharon Vasher

    I cannot imagine anyone really thinking that the “aspirin” joke was “creepy”. Old, maybe, but not creepy. To top it all, these are probably the same women who thought it was perfectly fine to comment that they would like to be Monica Lewinski, so that they could give Bill Clinton a bj.

  71. kentucky megachurch

    what’s the matter, Foster, can’t you take a lil’ ol’ joke?

  72. Chris Moran

    Maybe Foster is a lot older than the 71 years he admits to: “50 years back… Birth control pills weren’t yet available” because candidates and bureaucrats like those supported today by Foster Friess squelched research in the 30s and 40s and made birth control pills illegal in many States after their FDA approval in 1960 (52 years ago, Foster). It took two Supreme Court decisions and another 12 years (1972) until they were legal, and even then were not necessarily affordable.

  73. kentucky megachurch

    You were 21 when the birth control pill became available back in your day. Also back in your day, when an old, overweight man got a heart attack, he usually just died, and it didn’t cost very much at all. Maybe we should go back to those days, because I’d still be able to get treatment for my endometriosis, and you’d be gone. Honestly, I don’t care what you think anyway, because you really will be gone in a few years, and almost everyone on the entire planet will forget all about you, ‘cowboy’.

    • David Webb

      Foster Fries is creating an incredible legacy and there are many who have benefited from his generosity who will never forget him!

      What legacy are you building?

  74. California Girl

    That’s a disingenuous response at best. You may be old but you aren’t dead. Your ideas, however, should be buried in the past along with segregation, women not having the vote, men being the only legal landholders.

    I think you knew perfect well what you were saying.

  75. Kevin Nichols

    At 33, I understood your joke just fine. I agree that women need to keep their legs together a little more.

  76. Fran Bainbridge

    Really, a joke? No matter how you said it – it is no joke to women. And that is exactly the problem. A bunch of men – whether they are Catholic bishops (I am a practicing Catholic) or a bunch of conservative (I am a registered Republican) are trying to tell women what is good for them. It won’t work.
    Maybe men should just stay out of the contraceptive issue.

    • Paula DH

      I agree Fran! What do men know about having children anyway? What do they know about women before the time of contraceptives who had child after child or resorted to abstaining from sex altogether?

      I’m sure these men would prefer no sex at all? It’s quite difficult to have married sex with an aspirin between your knees.

  77. Bo Werner

    I think your comments were good at displaying the difference between people who feel personal responsibility is important and the liberal press.

    Good move (hope Rick agrees)

  78. Verlinda Gross

    Thank you, Sir – for who you are and what you do.
    By the way, back in “our” day in my part of the country we gals were told a quarter would do the trick. Still not too expensive . . .

  79. Bob Wiedman

    Once again the liberal media pretends to be outraged about a comment from someone on the right. Grow up liberal media. Stop protecting the failed president.

  80. Paul Douglas

    I look to the leaders for solutions to the problems our nation faces. I understand that religion sets the moral structure for our children and helps guide our decision making. I do not think a merciful God would want a child raised without the love and nurturing of parents who want them. Although pro-life I have to ask what will happen to the child? To bring an unwanted child into this world seems more cruel that stoping the development. None of the folks who are in politics are willing to project a solution to this or any other of the questions before us.

  81. Kathy Falconer

    Let me start by saying how much I admire the good work you and your wife have done. However, I would like dispute the comments on “how cheap” birth control pills are. A comment that shows either how callous or ignorant Rick is. We are Catholics with a teenage daughter. When she entered puberty we learned, after a late night trip to the emergency room and subsequent hospitalization, that she has a life threatening conditions whereby she has very, very low platelets (less than 20,000). One of the symptoms is severe anemia due to prolonged periods. Her hematologist has her on birth control pills to manage her periods. In response to this treatment, she now has hemoglobin numbers that are normal. This is very important for her overall health as well as controlling potential life threatening bleeding should she be injured.

    The cost for these pills is about $30.00 per month with our insurance. Our pharmacist said the cost without insurance for her brand of pills would be over $100.00 per month. Not trivial by any means. I think about the people I know that work for Catholic organizations. Many view their jobs as a vocation and work for low wages. What if they had a daughter like mine? What if they had other conditions such as fibroids, requiring similar treatment?

    I don’t understand why viagra would be covered by the church organizations but not birth control pills that are used for so many health reasons other than birth control. I also find if very hypocritical because in my entire life as a practicing Catholic I have not know a single Catholic born in the past 50 years that did not use some form of birth control at one point in their lives. Although Rick has many good attributes and ideas, his stance on women’s issues seems Taliban-like. Sadly, for many woman these are issues of health that effect women’s lives. I believe from the bottom of my heart, the Catholic Church and Rick would not be supported by Christ himself on this issue. Christ would not want my daughter to suffer.

  82. Corene

    I am 68 years old, Roman Catholic, and did not “misunderstand” your inappropriate so-called joke. It was demeaning and ridiculous and your faux-apology is thoroughly inadequate. BTW, the scripture you quote is Romans 8:28.Is this also an ancient Jewish verse? Additionally, birth control pills, etc., may be inexpensive in your world, in that you are very very rich, but for a woman/couple on a tight budget, it is quite an annual expense. I’m sure your and Santorum’s response would be to just abstain by squeezing a Bayer between your legs. So sad!

  83. Hogdaddy

    Mr. Friess:

    I have long been an admirer of yours via your leadership of Brandywine Fund. I agree with the idea that contraception is best achieved through not having sex in the first place. It is sad that so many people cannot see humor in our public discourse. If you need newer material for friends who appreciate humor and know your true decent nature, here is something you may use, best demonstrated rather than thru the written world: As a countryboy and proud redneck, I am reminded of “redneck male contraception” — placing a lighted cherry bomb in a tin can and counting to 10. (Then you demonstrate the uneducated redneck holding the tin can with one hand, counting by putting up each finger on the other hand for 1-5, and then placing the tin can between your legs as you count, putting up fingers 6-10 on the other hand.)

    Best to you. Keep up your great work. Get Brandywine back up to speed. Don’t let the bastards get you down.

  84. William Marlowe

    The problem is you don’t get what people are upset about. I am a 54 year old, believe conservative man, and I find what you continue to call a ‘Joke’ an insult to women everywhere. You make all men look like complete idiots and Neanderthals with your ‘Insult’ and are doing us no favors by trying to white wash it with what you call an apology even though you try to make it again sound like women and other people who found your ‘Insult’ insulting too ignorant to understand your sense of humor.

    You seriously need therapy are doing Rick Santorum NO FAVORS.

    Shut up, please.

  85. Terry Walbert

    By the way, Foster, orange juice is a better contraceptive. You don’t take it before or after intercourse; you take it instead of.

  86. Terry Walbert

    Stop apologizing. This is where conservatives have got to stop pretending that Americans politics is run by Marquis of Queensberry rules. The Left doesn’t apolotize. Why should we? It’s time for the verbal brass knuckles.

  87. Michael Smith

    There ya go… Your 15 minutes have definitely arrived. Rush just finished his rant advertising you and the famous aspirin…

    A rabbi, a priest, and a pastor were walking down the street…

    Have a great day and ENJOY!

    GB

  88. Jack Feirman

    The remark is crude and trivializes a very serious matter that the Republicans have put front and center in this campaign. The “joke” bombed not because we thought it was his prescription for birth control (no one seriously thought that and therefore, an apology to those who thought it was is meaningless) but because it demeans women. To refer to the statement as a joke just shows he doesn’t get it. As for Santorum’s record on contraception, I heard, with my very own ears, him say, in effect, that birth control is an invitation to licentiousness and is wrong. And one final thought, the President was not trying to force the Catholic Church to embrace his world view but was trying to make those religious and charitable institutions that elect to compete in the world of commerce to play by the same rules as everyone else.

  89. Paul Douglas

    I do support the division of Church and state.I believe it was the smartest move the Founders made. Men who are really responsible have the ability to keep any woman, or lover from becoming pregnant by use of a condom or withdrawing or practicing abstinence. Once a woman finds herself with child ,I believe, it is her decision and hers alone on what to do. I do not think that a male should be able to exercise any power in that choice. The woman’s movement missed a chance here. If the child is not wanted, and not aborted, who is going to provide for that baby?the pro-life supporters never offer a place for those children. Nor does Mr.Santorum, or any other Republican.

  90. danl

    Your head is so filled with right wing cement that its not even worth the effort to dissuade you. And what’s the deal with the phoney cowboy schtick.

  91. Craig Miller

    Site doesn’t work. Need help?

  92. Eric

    You’re so right. Holding all businesses to same standard, regardless of who sits on their boards, is so damn wrong of Obama. He should clearly give businesses with all-Christian boards better financial terms. That’s only fair, since devout Christians founded our nation (except for Tommy Jefferson, Ben Frankin, and George W., but they weren’t really “founders” anyway). Preach it brother!

    And long-love Rick Santorum, a man who has never exploited a religious issue to help his career!

  93. Rob Williams

    Regarding the Asprin Joke – I just read the article on FOX news.com

    • Rob Williams

      The Asprin joke – Sorry, I hit send to soon. I just read the article on FOXNEWS.com. and had to find your site and make a comment. I am a conservative republican in AZ and am realy sick and tied of the political correctness in this country.

      IT WAS A JOKE …come on..and I thought it was funny! I may use it now. Anyway, I am unfamiliar with who you are but am reading up. I have signed up on your site for further info!

      Let your wife know that your silly joke won over a supporter!

      PS. Still undecided on Rick. Not a Mitt fan but we need to make sure that whoever we put in there can win! I have always liked Rick, he is a good man. I will most likly be voting for him in the upcoming primary.

      Thanks.

      Rob.

  94. Pat

    I’m with your wife, I understood the joke, but I didn’t think it was funny. Contraception is an important element of preventive health care, and should not be trivialized.

  95. Monica

    Coming from an old dude who is backing an anti-woman old dude, your “joke” wasn’t funny and your apology is garbage. Not only was it not funny, it is disgusting, and it won’t be forgotten.

  96. John

    Don’t apologize for a joke that was outdated (and not funny). Apologize for a joke that was misogynistic (and not funny): “This contraceptive thing, my gosh, it’s so inexpensive. Back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn’t that costly.” Clearly the implication (i.e., the joke) implies that women should put an aspirin between their legs so they don’t open them.

  97. Paula DH

    I found your comment to be crass and sexist. I wonder why you don’t put an aspirin between your legs? Your stupid comment implies that women with open legs are somehow dirty and wrong. It was a woman with open legs who bore you and your own children (God Help Them). You need to come into this new century. I am soooooo glad you are working against Rick Santorum. With Frenemies like you, he does not need any enemies.

  98. Jonathan Reich

    You do know that that scripture isn’t Jewish, but from the book of Romans, in the New Testament, right?

  99. Ellen Bradford

    What was offensive wasn’t the joke itself; it was your apparent belief contraception affordability is a laughing matter at a time we have politicians, like Santorum, who pretend not exempting religious-affiliated businesses from including it in employee insurance coverage is an attack on religion. You’re a businessman even if most politicians aren’t. You ought to understand full well you compensate employees with wages and benefits. And under employment law you can’t discriminate against women in making compensation decisions.. You should also know the supreme court has ruled against contraceptive bans by states. You therefore should understand whether an employee buys insurance through an employer-based insurance plan or buys on the open market using net wages, the employer is paying. There’s no way to avoid that other than to ban artificial prescription contraceptions altogether from ANY insurance plans. Santorum doesn’t seem able or willing to comprehend that basic fact leaving me to conclude he doesn’t understand the mandate, how business actually works or the fact individuals, not just churches, have rights. And women, not churches, get pregnant and have medical conditions for which contraceptive drugs are the most effective treatment.

    What HHS has determined, based on medical professionals input, is that contraceptive prescription drugs are important to womens preventative care. It has not said any religion must embrace their use or hand them out. Including them in insurance plans leaves the decision regarding their use entirely up to the individual. That’s exactly where that decision belongs when used for contraception. When used for medical conditions or to prevent medically dangerous pregnancies, that decision belongs between the woman and her medical professional without the need to ask for “permission” from any church employer or any other third party.
    Sorry for so many words; but, that’s why your joke was amazingly insensitive at best and offensive at worst.

  100. dzymzlzy

    There’s a difference in not understanding a joke and not finding a joke at all amusing. For most human beings, contraception is not a laughing matter. Without it, poverty and abortion both increase. And for some, like me, it’s a matter of being able to actually have the children you want some day when you are ready. I have endometriosis. I have apparently had it since it since puberty but I was not diagnosed with it until I unsuccessfully tried to conceive a child with my husband. Nearly 2 years and thousands of dollars later, I am due to have my first child in July. I was lucky enough to find (and be able to afford) a doctor who could remove the disease from my internal organs. Too many women are not as “lucky” as me (I put that in parenthesis because I’m really only lucky compared to so many others). Many will never give birth to their own children, even after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars. Some will conceive only to find out that they have an ectopic pregnancy because the endometriosis has damaged their tubes so badly that the embryo cannot make its way to the uterus. (I had an ectopic scare and found out some pretty awful things in talking to other women who had experienced a real ectopic pregnancy. Some were patients at Catholic hospitals and even though an EP is not a viable pregnancy and can lead to loss of the tube or even death of the mother, they had to leave the Catholic hospital and find another doctor – a stranger – to treat them because Catholic hospitals often view it as an abortion.) And much of this pain and suffering (and loss of money) could have been prevented with a simple pill – THE pill. So tell me Foster Friess, should I have just held an aspirin between my knees for 25 years? And yes, I needed a doctor to take me seriously when I said I was in so much pain I’d vomit and have to sleep on the bathroom floor and that I’d miss several days of school or work every month, but maybe if we as a society didn’t view birth control as just something people “obsessed with sex”, as Mr. Friess suggests, talked about, maybe, just maybe, I would have been prescribed the pill earlier.

  101. Christina

    Mr. Foster, your humble apology and request for forgiveness are laudable. I must still express my personal disappointment in your thinking that it was ok to make a joke about contraception of this nature. The joke itself was crass, as you’ve admirably acknowledged. But with a joke like that, you perpetuated the old notion that preventing pregnancy is solely a girl’s/woman’s responsibility. Your joke conveyed the old saw that all that’s necessary to solve this problem is for girls to keep their legs closed. Well, sir, what about the guys? Why don’t people make jokes about sewing men’s flies shut? Or keeping ice cubes in their boxers? Is it just that “boys will be boys” and what else can you expect from the guys? In short, your apology would have gone a lot further if you’d also apologized for suggesting it’s just up to the women to protect the nation’s virtue. That’s another hold-over notion from an earlier era that needs to be rightfully resigned to the dustbin as well.

  102. Chris Buskirk

    I thought your joke was funny – and totally unobjectionable. I can remember hearing that “prescription” as a kid, though I am only in my early 40s. And by the way, doesn’t chastity work pretty well if one wishes to avoid pregnancy? Is that really considered beyond the pale today?

    Mr Friess, you are not alone. Keep fighting the good fight.

  103. Jeff

    Mr. Friess,

    If your comments were a “joke”, then it shows a stunning level of callousness about contraception as a serious women’s and public health issue. Your “joke” was severely demeaning and insulting to women. As for Mr. Santorum, his views on contraception are well-documented. He believes states should be able to ban the use of contraception and deny insurance coverage. Your strained attempt to put lipstick on that pig is telling.

  104. Teresa L. Cremers

    You are disgusting

  105. Rob

    The old west has been won and those ‘ideals’ are dead. I think it’s telling that you have a bunch of white guys in period gear sitting around a campfire. YOU’RE LIVING IN THE PAST>

  106. Michael Smith

    I sympathize and empathize with your position in this piece. I am now well into my 7th decade and remember well the aspirin prescription. For this age, it just makes too much sense.

    In spite of your detractors, continue to be all you can be for as long as you can. You are the only one anything like you, ever.

    In fact, C. S. Lewis said; “The more perfect something becomes, the less like anything else it is.” OWTTE

    GB

  107. james rice

    You still don’t get it, the joke, in the context you used it, was sexist and insulting, and put the honus for birth control on the woman, with abstinence implied. Men have responsibility, too. It also appears that the potential new First Lady clearly used contreception in her life prior to meeting and marrying the Senator. Move on, you guys will lose huge on this issue.

  108. peter weyrich

    Foster Friess and Rick Santorum — good men both of them!

    • Karen Clinton

      Throw all the money you want at Satorium. He’s going to lose!

    • Peter

      Nobody took the joke literally. It just fits too nicely into the “contraception is for sluts” subtext that has somehow overtaken the moment in politics. No, we didn’t take it literally, but some of us do think it revealed a contempt for contraception and those who use it. And that is not nice.

    • bailey

      only if you are another white male who is threatened by people of color and SMART women.. “men” like you wan women barefoot and pregnant so you can pat yourself on the back for being able to impregnate someone…. real men know better.

  109. P.L. SMITH

    NO sir, you did not mean it as a joke, and most intelligent hearers do not buy your faux apology. You simply meant — quite clearly — that the only way that a married couple can space their family or have only the two or three or four childen they can care for responsibly is to NOT have sex. Virtually all married people in the US (and I know this is news to you –from your dismissal of the value of contraception I have to assume that you and Mrs. Friess have 13 or 14 children) use contraception to space and plan their children. The idea that if a woman — a married woman — does not want to have a baby then she must simply abstain from sex with her husband is appalling. What does her husband think about this? I think very few men would happily give up sex with the wives they love simply to not have any more children. Interestingly, you seem to imply that it is not a husband’s responsbility as to the number of children he and his wife have. Why? Is he not the chief bread-winner and ultimately financially responsible for the children he and his wife bring into the world?

    No sir, you were not joking; you were not “misunderstood.” Mr. Friess, You are a very successful businessman, and you did not get there by running you mouth off heedlessly and unthinkingly. You are a smart man who thinks about what he says. The public knows that. You really do believe that women — married women — are not supposed to have sex if they do not intend to get pregnant. This certainly sheds some interesting light on the domestic arrangements of Mr.and Mrs. Friess. Do not say that that’s not the public’s business: if the intimate life and the child spacing plans of my husband and myself –or of anybody — are YOUR business then your private life is also MY business — and the public’s business.

    Let’s hear from Mrs. Friess!!!??? In fact, I am about to look up how many children you do have and their ages.

  110. Kathy

    Mr. Friess, I remember this joke from years past when I was in the Army. Another soldier was being chewed out for going to the sick bay to get her birth control pills (for medical reasons not contraception, not that it matters). The DI told her the same thing “put an aspirin between your knees”. You know, I know, and the DI knew that it was not a joke, it was shaming a normal woman for having a normal sex life. It’s saying “you sluts just need to keep your knees closed”. Be assured that come November, all us woman and civiilized men will remember this “joke”, the Virginia rape law , and all other instances of hatred and disgust for women the GOP has shown us this primary season.

  111. Scott

    Hey Foster, it probably was a joke for certain generations or geographical locations more than that you said it wrong. In the non-coastal areas of the country (what arrogant repressive progressives label “fly-over country”) that advice was still given to women as the best birth control at least when I was in school. My senior year biology teacher used just that illustration, not as a joke, but in dead earnest. And physiologically, it is spot on. You will always have sexist people who want to divide us up along political lines that cut you no slack, but this furor is just plain silly. You said something funny but not progressive, and that is something they can’t allow.

  112. [...] the joke but didn’t like it anyway—so I will keep that old one in the past where it belongs.via For those who misunderstood my joke today, here’s my quest for forgiveness… « Government « Cam….I thought it was funny myself. Maybe I’m odd. (who me? ) Share [...]

  113. Erin

    Apology accepted. Now apologize for everything you’re doing to restrict women’s rights. Go ahead, we’re waiting…

  114. Lee Ann Bailey

    Would you tell that joke to your mother? Always remember that when you speak in public!

  115. karl

    Sorry Foster, you’re still an idiot.

  116. daveh

    you are an idiot and you helped to ensure that Santorum will lose!!

  117. [...] that women should put an aspirin between their legs so they don’t open them. And Friess has since apologized.) And also this week, the Virginia House passed bills 1) declaring personhood at conception, which [...]

  118. [...] that women should put an aspirin between their legs so they don’t open them. And Friess has since apologized.) And also this week, the Virginia House passed bills 1) declaring personhood at conception, which [...]

  119. Chardoney

    I loved your comment! It wasn’t just fantastic on it’s own merits, but made a good, accurate and comedic point! You shouldn’t have apologized for it but gone forward boldly.

  120. judy candell

    Mr. Friess……..you made an ABSOLUTE FOOL OF YOURSELF.

    You certainly succeeded in showing the conservative view of contraception. You say it was a joke? It shows your true colors…..contraception is cheap, silly and unnecessary.

    shame on you!

  121. Bev Baily

    I understood your “joke” perfectly, as did Andrea Mitchell who was visibly shocked by your words . Nobody thought you were suggesting aspirin as a form of contraception. It was a crass, demeaning directive to women to keep their legs closed if they don’t want to become pregnant. Where would all you manly Neanderthals be if all women decided to follow your advice. You are disgusting and Santorum ought to turn down any more filthy money from you. And you very loudly and incessantly call yourself a “Christian.” You’re a women-hating, male chauvinist pig.

  122. Andrea Knutson

    The pill was available 52 years ago. Before that you were a teenager and should not have been thinking about such things.

    I do remember the joke but it really was the generation before ours.

  123. Ruth Hunter

    If you think you can take back the way you insulted the women of this country you are sadly mistaken. Your insensitivity to women’s issues is intolerable. I saw you on MSNBC last night and you were laughing the entire interview. Our issues are not funny nor should you be making jokes about them. You pretend to be a Christian but as many like you, you fail to understand the teachings of Jesus.

  124. Debra Leadore

    YOU OLD F___! You think justifying your ‘joke’ is an apology?!?!? Your old man joke wasn’t funny 50 years ago either!! Your attitude towards women is so sad and unbelievable and a stark reminder to us that so many of you are still out there! Better pray that your ‘joke’ doesn’t shut down your resources and lead to you becoming one of America’s new majority — the poor!

    • David Webb

      Debra, Foster owns his ow resources. Who’s going to “shut them down”. Your baby dictator, Barry Obama? Wouldn’t surprise me. And you’d cheer him on totally blind to the fact that you’d be cheering on the end of the freeist, most prosperous nation in human histry.

  125. [...] later sought forgiveness on his website: “Last week my joke at the Conservative Political Action Conference generated [...]

  126. Karen Clinton

    Mr. Freiss,

    I am am shocked and deeply hurt that you would insinuate that birth control is as simple as women “KEEPING THEIR LEGS SHUT”. I know little about who you are so I looked you up on Wikipedia. I see you are a philanthropist and have won many awards for your “good work” which undoubtedly means monetary donations. I see money can buy anything as a person with your discriminatory, belittling views towards women deserves nothing in my book. There IS no excuse. How dare you!

  127. Fred Schroeder

    Thank You for supporting Rick, sending my check today !!

  128. sharon senkyr

    You’re a disgusting pig, yeah its an old joke, it was in bad taste and misogynistic then as it is now. Love it when you right wing jerks open your mouths people just cringe. I’m from PA and women in our state universally despise “Little Ricky”, slobs like you just confirm our opinions.

  129. California Girl

    Oh yes. Forgot.

    “My goodness!”

  130. Andrew

    I’m not sure we are talking about the same thing. The President said that birth control was a healthcare issue, you seem to be saying it’s an issue of choice. You do a great job of defending your viewpoint but it just highlights choice. You also say that if someone had a problem with birth control they don’t have to use it. The same could be said for you. If you want to use birth control then pay for it.

  131. A Smith

    It is a matter of health care. And of economics. And of choice.

    Given that people will tend to make choices that are driven by biological impulses, it is best for our nation to subsidize health care (i.e. birth control) for those people that are not able to pay for it.

  132. David Webb

    No, it’s not. Pay for it yourself.

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