Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s campaign event in Iowa ended with a bit of a Rodney Dangerfield routine.
The late Rodney Dangerfield was the comedian who often repeated the line: "I don’t get no respect." McCain’s host for today’s event — Albert Jennings, the CEO of EPCO Forms – seemed to complain the local media don’t respect his company.
"In the local paper they say we’re a concrete company and I don’t know what that is. We haven’t poured a wheelbarrow full of concrete for anybody in 50 years," Jennings said, to laughter.
McCain had a ready quip: "The paper is always behind." The crowd laughed. Jennings wasn’t done.
"We’ve been here 75 years and they still don’t know what we do," Jennings said.
McCain quickly added: "They still don’t appreciate what I do, either." The crowd applauded louder and longer.
EFCO is the primary supplier for the forms which are being used to pour concrete for the Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site in New York City. EFCO’s also the company that made the forms for rebuilding the Interstate-35 bridge which collapsed in Minneapolis. "So we’re pretty proud of playing a part of that," Jennings said.
McCain amplified that sentiment. "You should be very, very proud of that," McCain said, as the crowd applauded.