Not jumping on you Ray, but that was a rather disingenuous interpretation on all counts. Are you saying now that this is in fact the way the email was intended to read? Or that you would have no qualms about it if it was? I would appreciate a properly considered and genuine answer to this.
If the answer is yes, then shame on you. If no, then some sign of corporate contrition would be appropriate in such cases.
There should be still some discernible white space between power-promotion and  *what could be interpreted as* downright deceit.