So, everyone makes mistakes -- and certainly, being clueless about any type of culture that isn't your own is something many people are stricken with. But this is not the kind of comment you'd hope a major political figure (albeit a minor Presidential candidate) would make:
"I'm in the private sector and for the first time in my life I'm earning money," Republican hopeful and former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson said Monday. "You know that's sort of part of the Jewish tradition."
You'd also hope that someone who'd been in politics for a long time could clean up after himself a little better than this:
After being made aware that his remarks were problematic, Thompson returned to the podium and told the several hundred activists assembled, "I just want to clarify something because I didn't in any means want to infer or imply anything about Jews and finances and things.
"What I was referring to ladies and gentlemen is the accomplishments of the Jewish religion and the Jewish people. You have been outstanding business people and I compliment you for that and if anybody took what I said wrong, I apologize. I may have mischaracterized it. You are very successful. I applaud you for that.