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Corporate Counsel reports that Safeway CEO Steve Burd has written letters to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi apologizing for what generally is seen as an inappropriate joke that the company's general counsel told recently at the company's annual meeting.

His letter read:

You may have heard about the regrettable attempt at humor by Safeway’s General Counsel, Bob Gordon, at our recent annual meeting of stockholders.

Mr. Gordon has sent a letter of apology directly to both of you. I simply wanted express to you how sorry I am for what occurred. The joke was inappropriate and I deeply regret that this has obscured the respect we hold for you and for your service to our nation. We intend to do all we can to prevent something like this from happening in the future.

Again, please accept my apology.

KC's View:
I think everybody involved with this mess has learned their lesson. Time to let it go ... but to make sure that it does not happen again.