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A conversation the NAACP chief will never forget

In Washington, folks generally know to talk softly – particularly if the talk is about someone else. Ears are everywhere, and the words may get back to the subject.  But it’s also a good idea to know who you are talking to – a lesson apparently learned by NAACP President Benjamin Jealous Saturday as he chatted with a fellow guest at the annual Gridiron Dinner this past weekend.

According to the Washington Post, the guest commented to Jealous about the good job NAACP Legal Defense Fund lawyer, Debo P. Adegbile, did arguing the Voting Rights Case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Jealous agreed. But, Jealous noted, the U.S. solicitor general was awful.

That’s when Jealous’ conversation partner identified himself: Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr.

Apparently mortified, Jealous apologized and excused himself.

Jealous denied the account, but the Post noted that two witnesses confirmed the conversation. Again, ears everywhere.

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