Around here, Angelou was remembered for being San Francisco's first African American streetcar conductor, a title she earned at the age of 16.
Unsurprisingly, Mayor Ed Lee trotted out that historical tidbit on Sunday, while addressing the congregation. It led him to a strange, rather un-funny joke that later made the rounds on social media.
"If she was still around, I would probably ask her to drive a Muni," Mayor Ed Lee said.One could see how this comment might be taken as an insult. After all, how many 86 year-old luminaries get asked to drive a Muni bus? A spokeswoman from the mayor's office has yet to elucidate Lee's quote. We did, however, get a retired Muni driver to opine. "I think it's stupid," he said. "If that's what he says about one of the best, most well-known poets in America, what would he say about the Pope?" Twitter users offered their own rejoinders: