Friday, October 14, 2005

Troops as props

Behind the scenes at one of Bush's commercials for the war:
"This is an important time," deputy assistant defense secretary Allison Barber told the troops before Bush arrived, according to the AP. "The president is looking forward to having just a conversation with you." ...

After asking for some water bottles to be removed from the shot, Barber then staged what was described as a brief rehearsal, in which she asked the soldiers to act out the order of their answers and which topics each would cover. ...

White House press secretary Scott McClellan denied that the event was staged and said the troops were expressing their own feelings. He explained that "coordination" is often needed to overcome such technological challenges as delays in transmission in the satellite feed.
For once, I'd like to see this spinmiester of a "president" take some questions from regular Americans who haven't been scripted and cleared ahead of time. I'd like to hear this jackass answer some questions like "how come you've shifted the reason for going to war in Iraq so many times?" or "how come Dick Cheney's stock options with Haliburton keep soaring while everybody I know is struggling to make ends meet?" or "would you support legislation that gives American workers as much paid vacation as you take?" Hell, I'd even love to see him take some questions from his far right base who aren't happy with him for much scarier reasons. "How come abortion is still legal?" "How come we still have socialist programs like social security and public schools?" "How come we haven't added a constitutional amendment about Jesus yet?" "Why haven't the homos been round up and shot yet?" No, I highly doubt we'll see Georgie doing anything that isn't part of an elaborate script, rehearsed a few times with supportive human props. The best we get are watching his polls drop as all those closest to him are indicted for corruption and treason. If it ever comes down to it, he won't be able to script his impeachment hearings.


Blogger Sar said...

"If it ever comes down to it, he won't be able to script his impeachment hearings."

Hence the nomination of Harriet I've-never-been-a-judge Miers to the Supreme Court.

10/15/2005 07:50:00 PM  

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