The president of the Gorilla Glue Co. has a message: Its product, while terribly effective as an adhesive, should not be used to glue anyone to their seat.
Especially not the president of the United States.
In response to former Georgia Gov. and U.S. Sen. Zell Miller’s comments Thursday that President Barack Obama should have Gorilla Glue placed in his Oval Office chair and be told to “sit awhile,” Gorilla Glue President Peter Ragland felt compelled to respond.
In a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ragland said:
“Zell Miller’s recent comments have thrust our product and company into the limelight. While our products are known for being strong and tough, we certainly would not advocate attempting to glue the leader of the free world to his chair.”
MIller’s comments came in Atlanta in a speech to the annual gathering of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a national organization of conservative state lawmakers. Miller was complaining that Obama has been “gallivanting” around the world and ought to stay in the U.S. and focus on domestic issues.
The comments raised eyebrows among some who wondered if there was a racial overtone to Miller’s choice of adhesive products. But, according The Associated Press, several Atlanta black leaders felt that accusation foolish.
Ragland doesn’t address that particular controversy in his statement, but does indicate at least a measure of support for Obama and his agenda.
The release points out that Gorilla Glue, a family owned company headquartered in Cincinnati, “represents just the type of growing small business that President Obama mentions as the job creators in our country. Gorilla Glue continues to: create new jobs, boast of no lay-offs, provide healthcare for all full-time employees and proudly make all products in the U.S.A.”