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Pussyfoot goes HAM: Carmona tries to gag Price

The good news is that President Anthony Carmona has been roused into action. The bad news is that it was not to save Wayne Kublalsingh from likely death, influence constitutional reform or send a cheque for the Trinidad and Tobago national senior women’s team.

Mr Live Wire: “The world is laughing at the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation that you are the patron of Mr President. And your women’s team is desperate for food. Would you like to comment?”

President-Powers-You-Don’t-Think-I-Have: “Yawn.”

Mr Live Wire: “Mr President, Ms Rachel Price has made a comment on your wife’s attire…”

President-Powers-You-Don’t-Think-I-Have: “Buh wuh the mudda…”

Photo: Top Trinidad and Tobago comic Rachel Price.
Photo: Top Trinidad and Tobago comic Rachel Price.

Like most men as old as stale yogurt with wives as young as fresh fruit, it turns out that President Carmona, who once sung calypso under the sobriquet “Lord Pussyfoot”, doesn’t like anyone pussyfooting around his wife.

And so, yesterday, comedian Rachel Price allegedly received a legal gag letter warning against making riffs on the First Lady’s midriff in her next stand-up show.

At which point, Trinidad and Tobago pulled up a chair; because there isn’t enough letter-size paper in Port of Spain to cover Pricey’s mouth when she gets going.

The late President ANR Robinson often challenged a sitting Prime Minister on matters that he felt ran contrary to the spirit of the constitution and abused the trust of the nation.

The current President is more like the dude who goes to a fete with his lady half-dressed and then wants to fight anyone he catches looking.

And so, rather than concern himself with the impending threat of Ebola or maybe the health of the “Black Stalin”, President Pussyfoot has chosen to join an elite list of Price sparring partners that includes Iwer George, Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez and P*****p.

Far be it for Mr Live Wire to dispute the President’s belief that his wife’s midsection is a national treasure; but, in a bid to clear up the confusion, we plan to ask a few questions on Mrs Pussyfoot’s attire while attending a breakfast function hosted by Mrs Ban Soon-Taek, the wife of United Nations General Secretary, Mr Ban Ki-Moon, on Tuesday 23 September 2014:

Photo: Reema Carmona (right) poses next to Ban Soon-Taek, the wife of United Nations General Secretary, Mr Ban Ki-Moon, at a UN function on Tuesday 23 September 2014. (Courtesy Zimbio)
Photo: Reema Carmona (right) poses next to Ban Soon-Taek, the wife of United Nations General Secretary, Mr Ban Ki-Moon, at a UN function on Tuesday 23 September 2014.
(Courtesy Zimbio)

Did Mrs Pussyfoot think her invitation read “breakfast fete?”

Who told her black is formal; no matter what?

Did she swap outfits with her daughter?

Does she know you cannot claim Casual Friday perks on Tuesday?

Did she think it was the set for basketball wives?

Was her outfit an odd tribute to recently deceased fashion critic, Joan Rivers?

Did Miley Cyrus dress Mrs Pussyfoot?

So why President Pussyfoot so vex; is Rachel Price tell the First Lady to go to the people place with her belly exposed?!

Photo: Really, Reema? Really?!
Photo: Really, Reema? Really?!
Photo: Reema Carmona, wife of Trinidad and Tobago President Anthony Carmona, shows off her "flesh-coloured" non-belt.
Photo: Reema Carmona, wife of Trinidad and Tobago President Anthony Carmona, shows off her “flesh-coloured” non-belt.

Editor’s Note: Presuming that the legal letter is now in the mail; please indicate by show of hands if you are willing to fund Mr Live Wire’s court case! Just kidding.

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159 comments

  1. He’s too busy condemning those who say that our country is a “banana republic.” Hey, with illiteracy hovering around 45 per cent, a corrupt and inefficient police farce, an education policy that lacks imagination and purpose; a health care system that grows more shambolic by the day…Banana republic? Please.

  2. She had a few choice words for him at Bolls

  3. Had a BLAST in her show last night and she did mention him… along with other things lols

  4. President Pussyfoot should be ashamed of himself, he needs to take up that beef with his Mrs Pussyfoot not pricey. If she knew how to dress, we wouldn’t be having this discussion. She needs to draw a line between the bedroom and the real world.

    Keep up the good work D.

  5. Who cares about protocol letter. Why you don’t write a letter about poor people in Laventille getting shot by policemen. I sometimes wonder why these leaders always right about there action, it goes for the leaders in the church as well. They do wrong and will never acknowledge their wrong. God help this country.

    • I read in the TNT Mirror of an Elder who was kicked out of a church for exposing the Pastor. The sad thing about it is the Pastor stood there and did nothing to defend the Elder. Who wants to attend a church like that?

  6. I was waiting for the uproar to die down before making this mention. Morals and principles guide integrity. Virtue, honour, decency are synonymous with it. The Integrity Commission of TT however, does not seem to have a basis for dealing with Therese’s outbursts, Larry’s swearing, the Holyfield scenario or recently this incident. It is important to note that what is in someone’s account seems far more valuable to know than values itself. A United States President almost got impeached for a blue dress and our own President has not ‘designed’ any statement yet on the black skirt. The irony of it all is that the Integrity Commission seems to cover all offices except the office of the President. It goes on to reveal that the Lady of the Manners is directly linked to the Chairman of the Commission. The Chairman has an auto biography named “Getting it Write: Winning Caribbean Press Freedom” which leads us full circle to this perhaps seemingly litotic debacle. Is the commission instead euphemistic, by not achieving its first role which is ‘prevention’ in this case? I’m calling on Senior Counsels of English to help me out on this one.

  7. Wow Price hanging on to what ever little career she have by taking shots at everyone just to grasp notable mention. Now she has the attention of the President, she will most likely sell out her next show. Congrats Price because ye of little or no talent what so ever have done exceptionally well. And Mr. President yuh have a hot wife people must talk about her…good or bad. Deal with it and prioritize your country and people first.

    • I agree what he getting so vex about. My question is try to get vex with the police man that knocked down and killed the family in Sealots. Write a letter to the police man.

  8. Great post! It hit all de right high notes. I find it hard to believe that the president could ever have sung calypso, for he doesn’t know a damn thing about T&T sensibility and culture. If President Pussyfoot really wanted to speak out and be helpful he should have sent the letter to his wife asking her to not demean his office and herself, for the fatal flaw, if any, is with the wife, not Rachel who only comments on what’s in public.

  9. Candidate for Finishing School……, maybe

  10. We need a ” what not to wear /or say trin style “

  11. shame in trinidad and tobago it have other offical woman with plenty more power than her power to rule nations and aint dress like that…. but d little small fish have to shame she self….. and d one person who say something about it get in trouble………..

  12. My view is, it have more serious issues that president Carmona should be focusing on like we poor health system, crime issues, Ebola etc.

  13. What a country. Doctors who are our most important line of defence in case of ebola or any other threat of disease have decided to stay at home in case any infected person arrives on shore. And our president who has said nothing really constructive since in office, anxiously decides to sue a citizen who comments on his wife’s dress. How was your office defamed. Has Mrs Carmona said like like Anil ‘it wasn’t me’. Nonsense! You were/are a lawyer. Help me figure out how you are going to win this one. Will you use the power that you do have ? I wait

  14. (Continuing) As a matter of fact, I have more powers than my husband!

  15. Powers my husband have I have it too lol

  16. Express excerpt: The release did not identify exactly what comments Price had made to warrant the legal threat from the Office of the President and Mrs Carmona. Price has however made reference to Reema Carmona in an advertisement for her show at NAPA. The ad was played repeatedly on radio. In the ad, a male voice asks: “Price, whey is dat yuh have on dey?” Price responds: “Is a priceless outfit.” Male voice: “Priceless outfit? That is very inappropriate.” Price: “You could talk to me about inappropriate? Why yuh doh go and talk to Carmona wife? I on radio, nobody seeing my belly, you know.” Price, speaking on her morning programme on RED 96.7 FM yesterday, was undaunted and defiant as she spoke on the matter. “Mrs Reema Carmona, I afraid of yuh pre-action? … Let me let all yuh know in Trinidad and Tobago, I will fight to the death to disagree with you. This is a democracy! I don’t live in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe or Idi Amin’s Uganda…This is a democracy and if I can’t talk about the President’s wife belly that was in meh eye, then something very wrong….Yuh damn right, I doh know meh place. But I know meh citizenship. I mightn’t know meh place but yuh know meh home. This is Trinidad and Tobago. Carmona, send yuh letter and when you coming, come strong. Come hard. Come at me like a convict that now come out.”

  17. Lol!! Ah wonder why Pricey taking 102 FM’s – Ricardo Welch to court for defamation of character. Do so doh like so o what…lol. Its give and take, that’s d game.

  18. Hahahah Daniel Willock you have to read this boi….they ask if miley cyrus dress mrs camona 😀 hahahah

  19. I would have said: That Rachel is a comedian. She exaggerates for emphasis and laughs. And, sweetie, couldn’t you have worn something else? Don’t you see how the other First Ladies dress?

  20. I now going to ask where the buckle or the clasp or hell, where the hook and eye holding it together!

  21. Trinidad Express excerpt:
    The release did not identify exactly what comments Price had made to warrant the legal threat from the Office of the President and Mrs Carmona. Price has however made reference to Reema Carmona in an advertisement for her show at NAPA. The ad was played repeatedly on radio. In the ad, a male voice asks: “Price, whey is dat yuh have on dey?” Price responds: “Is a priceless outfit.” Male voice: “Priceless outfit? That is very inappropriate.” Price: “You could talk to me about inappropriate? Why yuh doh go and talk to Carmona wife? I on radio, nobody seeing my belly, you know.” Price, speaking on her morning programme on RED 96.7 FM yesterday, was undaunted and defiant as she spoke on the matter. “Mrs Reema Carmona, I afraid of yuh pre-action? … Let me let all yuh know in Trinidad and Tobago, I will fight to the death to disagree with you. This is a democracy! I don’t live in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe or Idi Amin’s Uganda…This is a democracy and if I can’t talk about the President’s wife belly that was in meh eye, then something very wrong….Yuh damn right, I doh know meh place. But I know meh citizenship. I mightn’t know meh place but yuh know meh home. This is Trinidad and Tobago. Carmona, send yuh letter and when you coming, come strong. Come hard. Come at me like a convict that now come out.”

  22. That belt eh have no buckle…thats amazing.. :/ like my mother always said…there is a time and a place for everything

  23. Mr President should’ve asked his wife to dress appropriately for the occasion. She attended it on behalf of T&T and on our tax dollars.
    Freedom of speech is still allowed in this country, however, Rachael, it’s not always what you say but how you say it. We should all respect the “Office of the President” even if we don’t always respect the occupants!
    There are many other issues affecting our beautiful twin islands and it’s a shame that this is getting more attention than those.
    With that said…I have a question. …If our calypsonians decide to sing about this issue….will they also get letters?
    Mr President. ..as per your swearing in speech. ..please put your powers to better use!!!

  24. Any legal advise the President has been given has to be interpreted in the context of the Court of Appeal’s decision

  25. De feminists eh come out yet and start building gold statues of Reema. For it is she, that is running the country. Her name is on all of our lips. I wonder if she really threw a tantrum? Lasana Liburd what would you have done if Ya wife tell Ya she eh like wah RP say?

  26. Ah now reading de comments. Aye aye…Ah get shout out and ting. Look even I getting little attention in de bacchanal. Let’s all milk it!

  27. Roger Ekow Watts, in light of losing that case…might the President be bringing disrepute to his office?

  28. Lasana Liburd you are killing me with the wedding ring comment!!!!!

  29. ^^^ So he must be good vex and decide to take it out on Price.
    I seriously doubt sleeping on the couch was his biggest worry.

  30. Please Note that this fiasco comes on the heals of the President losing a court case to Reginald Dumas

  31. Price sued Welch for things said…the President has issued a PAPL in anticipation of what might be said. I don’t see them as the same thing. The latter is a clear act of censorship.

    And to Michelle Antoinette Eng Leang…there is a difference between what is a appropriate and what is appropriate on behalf of the public. Reema didnt go to New York on her dime…she went on ours and dressed in a manner that many felt was unbecoming of a female head of state. On the public dime…she can be criticised.

  32. Ah smelling Anand Ramlogan somewhere in there.

  33. I don’t like price’s brand of humour i don’t think she is particularly funny but that is just my opinion and i feel i have a right to express that. In the same way i think she has a right to comment on any issue and especially on public figures. So despite my opinion i will defend her right to freedom of expression every day of the week

  34. For all we know it could be a nude belt or it may be a crop top…Yes I agree if it is indeed a cropped top it would have been inappropriate for the event.But for the president to send Rachel Price the letter seemed a lil bit extra.Everyone knows Rachel Price although a comedian CANNOT hush she mouth and by sending this letter Pricey is going to open her ever so large mouth and spit out even more nastiness and capitalize on it too…because guess what at her show this is going to be CONTENT!! President man,you just added fuel to the fire,should have left Pricey’s babble fall on deaf ears, because now she going to make a war and profit off it too.Pricey has been known to conduct herself in less than upright ways and has proven that she cannot control her anger and has shown herself to be in many circumstances “Wrong an’ Strong”

  35. Much ado about nothing. Surely we have more pressing issues he can deal with. SMH!!

  36. I WONDER IF HE HA D POWER TO STFU.

  37. What wrong? The lady looking good. What is going on here, is jealousy.

    • Nobody ent say no. She is very attractive. But, is the position symbolic of national matriarchy? Some grand mothers are also matriarchs of their household. Is it a discipline for them to dress likewise for younger females in the household to practice the same at functions? If the style is to wear pants for the boxers to show, then could we perhaps see the prez sporting piper style to the opening of parliament one day?

    • There is a time and place for everything….. This was not the time nor the place

    • when the First lady takes part in Marathons she wears appropriate clothing……..no comments there…the ppl are not so dumb that they cannot see the difference……..so .why not at state functions……there is a different code of dress wear…….and at a luncheon??………….jeez man

    • Sip, I hope you being comic there, oui. Cuz seriously….. If you’re the President’s wife & you have a nice ass & hot legs DOESN’T mean you entitiled to rock pum-pum shorts & hot pants. Public / leadership figures NEED to know their place, horse.

  38. Poor Mr pres. All he did is escalate the discussion on his wife’s exposed belly at an official event. Bravo! Instead of silencing one mouth, you open thousands of mouths! Boom!!

  39. if the First lady had class she’d have been properly attired for a public function so take your time there bro

  40. Too many “attention hoes” from Price to the President and Reema! People made comments on the wife’s attire faux pas. I had absolutely no problem with her dress. She was at a fashion show in NY, not at 10 Downing Street, England. HOWEVER!!!! Price just went on and on and on……………ad infinitum as is her characteristic disrespectful and crass modus operandi. ON THE OTHER HAND, all this is deemed Trini culture and ought not to be taken seriously as to warrant a pre-action anything…….. “a storm in a tea cup”.

  41. I just trying to picture the evidence in court for this thing. Exhibit a flesh coloured belt. Exhibit b top worn with belt.

  42. “Like most men as old as stale yogurt with wives as young as fresh fruit…” Hahahaha. The letter is coming just now.

  43. why didn’t he tell his wife the outfit was inappropriate?…”the powers you think I have..I don’t”

  44. Josette Surrey-Lezama I thought I was the only one who noticed it…smh

  45. Her bra was not showing style is hell of a thing

  46. Mind you the event attended was a luncheon. .. where’s margy gordon when you need her?

  47. I hearing the lyrics of a kaiso song ringing out…”no no carmona doe go dey”

  48. oh Pricey. U couldn’t have said it better! Speak yuh mind let Carmona take a back seat he so damn chupiddy

  49. Trinidadians need to mind their own business

  50. People point out down to the supposed fact that the First Lady wasn’t wearing a wedding ring. Like they want President Powers to blow up Facebook?!
    Not me and that!

  51. Anyone recall Sugar Aloes calling Ms. Panday a tramp and referred to her as less than a lady for sitting in Holyfield lap? What did good old Bas do ? Ignored. Life goes on. This is a democratic country

  52. Carmona must have been advised by one of the fake Senior Counsels that are now in Government.

  53. Yes Giselle Mason I noticed that as well

  54. Lasana – you is ah boss. Loved it! Lmao. Carmona is real kicks yes.

  55. smh when you not accustomed you not accustomed. all I could think is that she not accustomed to exhibiting a little bit of class.. pricey is a comedian if you give her something to laugh about what you want her to do cry?

  56. I seeing belly and bra but no wedding ring. Hmmm for all yuh know the woman probably dress for the occasion just not the one she was photographed at!

  57. who the hell the president feel he wife is, if she had protocol she would have dress better, is she better than every one else thats what happen when old man pick up young gul, they always on edge

  58. No casual Friday props on a Tuesday ah still gasping fun breath!!

  59. So we can now add the Belt of God to the Hand of God. good good

  60. Correction: His sobriquet was “The Prophet of Sisyphus”.

  61. Rachel, I hope you finding a loop hole because this is past petty! Fadda aye, its best he said, “Tank-a-lank-a ah going and tell Miss!

  62. Was it Savitri Maharaj? I actually don’t think so. And wouldn’t it have been easier for the President to say so than issue a pre-action protocol letter?

  63. Allyuh ease she up nah, ah bet she just missed the label that read “Tumble dry on low.”

  64. cool because I felt he went overboard there, people allow their baisness at times to cloud their decisions

  65. He needs a hug from somebody yes…

  66. Like the missing wedding ring(s)????????

  67. and these girls know a thing or two about trash eh

  68. It sad, with so many important issues in the country to discuss.. President 0, RacialP 0

  69. Thanks for the close up Lasana, so it really was a flesh coloured belt.

    Walk with your recorder/note pad and SC

  70. as i took a second closer look, I saw other faux pas as well eh…

  71. Wired868 flesh coloured or not why was her bra showing???!!

  72. Yuh baaaad Mr. Wire…lol…your letter next eh 🙂

  73. Healthcare in a bleeping mess we not prepared for hurricanes or ebola. Abuse in all forms rampant in the country and this is what making news…..

  74. I laughed so hard! Mr. Pussyfoot

  75. LOL LOL… I read this piece four times and still cracking up.
    Casual Friday perks on a Tuesday..Lol.. let me know if you get a pre action letter though..it will make a good Sunday piece..lol

  76. The Price of power( that you doh have) lol!

  77. Is what the President should have told her in the first place. Yuh want to play with fire well take bun. Lol!

  78. This too funny it takes the cake, I have never heard of President Obama suing anyone about making comments about Michelle and there has been many nastier ones than this, but not about her attire mind you because she dresses with dignity and class not crass as you royal highness did in NYC!

  79. Wah allyuh wife woulda tell allyuh, if allyuh was de President?

  80. Really? Where’d she get it? That’s amazing! It’s so hard to find “flesh coloured” accessories that so perfectly match one’s skin tone…

  81. Yeah. I know it wasn’t at me Kala. Lol. Debbie got it exactly right to me. The thing would have run its course and probably had already done so.

    • And therein lies the silliness of this matter, it had already run its course, Pricey was the only one talking about it and his actions now exposes them to even more ridicule. “Like most men as old as stale yogurt with wives as young as fresh fruit” – Bess! Ah still weak.

  82. We’ve had a history of dozy Prezzies. Probably part of the job spec.

  83. lol. not directed at you, LL 🙂 Mr Prez should be concerned about more important things, like you’ve said

  84. Oh gad! De President get put on de Couch allyuh. He want back he bed.

  85. Big hullaballo over nothing. He should have just shut up and let her do her thing. The outfit was already a nine day wonder and trying to shut Price up will just raise a hornet’s nest. Unless of course she crossed the line somewhere which is not impossible in her case.

  86. But Kala Ramnath, notice I never wrote a line before or even mentioned the topic. I think it is the President’s decision to kill a fly with a hammer that made it newsworthy.
    If Carmona wants to make an ass of himself, Mr Live Wire will oblige him.

    • Scotty Ranking

      Kill a fly with a hammer? That is still too small in scale! Pussyfoot napalmed the garden because a mosquito sang in his ear there!

  87. Funny. But its kinda funny to the way feather mas-mad Trinis go all prurient and Victorian when the Prezzie’s wife shows a whole lot less skin. I guess Reema have to behave sheself 🙂 *storm in teacup*

  88. Lasana Liburd Breds..I actually opening meh mouth for this one.

  89. Using the powers we did not know he had, Carmona should send a pre-action protocol letter to “The Scorch” too.

    SPOTTED: Trinidad and Tobago’s First Lady, Mrs. Reema Carmona | The SCORCH
    http://thescorch.com/spotted-trinidad-and-tobagos-first-lady-mrs-reema-carmona/

  90. Yuh have court clothes no belly outside eah. Lmao

  91. You guys too happy. God bless T&T.

  92. Good laugh about sad state of our nation.

  93. Lasana prepare to receive your own Pre-Action Protocol letter from lord Darth Vader Carmona. But don’t worry I will work for you Pro-Bono!

  94. Nice one. I was thinking “Pussyfoots Riots”

  95. I’m calling it MidriffGate (trademarked and copyrighted)

  96. way to stand up for freedom of expression! lol, i think image consultant/stylist fees might have been cheaper than lawyer fees though…

  97. I think she promised material on the subject in an upcoming comedy show. And President Pussyfoot take in front… Otherwise, I can’t tell you.

  98. What did she say that was so scandalous though?

  99. Tell me more Luana Lezama. I don’t know the backstory if there is one… Apart from the obvious: that a president is suing a comedian.

  100. After laugh comes lawsuit in this place oui! 🙂

  101. Excellent !!!! This script good for the old TTT show, “Let’s laugh”

  102. But then… there’s comedy and then there’s a deliberate and persistent attempt to humiliate and malign.

  103. careful yuh eh get a letter as well !

  104. Like Mr Live Wire jealous? Like he want a letter from ‘President Pussyfoot’ too!

  105. God gave her that belt Carla Steffanie. She was born with it. 😉

  106. I can’t believe my freakin eyes! Are these people serious? Nah this is a photo shopped picture! I mean where is the wedding ring? why her top isn’t at least buttoned? I mean any judge would buff a woman for going into a courtroom dressed like that! What an example, now every old woman and young girl in Trinidad and Tobago would go to any little tea party looking so. I think that Mr. President should send a pre-action protocol letter to the stylist and ask Randy Waldrum to help Madam President pen a letter of apology to the nation. My Lady should not look like she got burger money to travel with and show off her stomach in this manner. Her image has been spot on so far. I think Pricey goes a bit too far sometimes, like with Wendy teeth and all, but this is not a physical feature. Just now man and all will start to wear see through navel breakers and lace cardigans if this is the norm. Came in on a wrecking ball and just ended up a wreck! Rewind and come again. Pussy really needs to rest the correct foot down on this one. Drawin’ a salary that I too contribute to.

  107. Gaiven Clairmont

    Said it last night and I’ll say it again (without fear of a pre-action protocol letter) this man made a big hullaballoo about powers this and that, instead of just coming into office like the other presidents before him, then when time for him to comment, no one asking you to fight down every matter, but give a comment on national issues, hmm no, for 2 years he’s been silent and now all of a sudden his wife wore something that justified the response it was given and bam legal letters and such, he’s becoming the biggest joke to ever hold the office of Presidency in this land and to think I used to respect this man as a judge, big watery “steups”

    • I think in some ways he reminds me of this govt. Came in with a world of promise and turned out to be worse than useless. People had high hopes for him. Pity we can’t vote him out too. Waste of time..eating a food.just like the rest of them.