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Sunday, September 04, 2005

Bush's photo op was faked

You too can witness the glory of the fake.You've probably already heard it: Those Presidential photo ops were faked like wow. We have Senator Landrieu saying:

But perhaps the greatest disappointment stands at the breached 17th Street levee. Touring this critical site yesterday with the President, I saw what I believed to be a real and significant effort to get a handle on a major cause of this catastrophe. Flying over this critical spot again this morning, less than 24 hours later, it became apparent that yesterday we witnessed a hastily prepared stage set for a Presidential photo opportunity; and the desperately needed resources we saw were this morning reduced to a single, lonely piece of equipment.

We have German reportage telling us (in German and in a poor man's translation):

Clearing work only for Bush?
Where the US president visited the disaster area, auxiliary troops cleared up before properly - however only there. From Biloxi quoted Second Channel of German Television correspondent Claudia Rueggeberg desperate inhabitants, Bush is to bring auxiliary goods here in his sedans instead of loud Bodyguards and assistant dear.

Along its route clearing troops would have cleared before Bushs attendance debris and would have saved corpses. Then Bush left again "and with it", so Rueggeberg, "the whole auxiliary troops". At the situation in Biloxi otherwise nothing changed, it is missing at everything.

And Blah3 gives us the best round-up so far of the Friday fakeness with a well-rounded and thorough report, summing up with:

All of this information has turned up in one spot or another on the web since yesterday, but I wanted to put it all together in one spot for a reason. Bit by bit, parts of Bush's trip were shown to be less truthful than we deserved. But when you look at the entire trip - and all of the deceit that went into each part of it - it's an inescapable fact that from beginning to end the trip was a menu of lies and self-serving actions that didn't do the region any good. In some instances, like the helicopter groundings halting rescue ops, the trip could conceivably actually killed more people.

And that's the bottom line with this administration. It always has been. Bush, Rove, and the rest of them will go to any measures to get their version of the truth out. and if a few of the little people happen to die in the process, it's no skin off their noses. All of America should know what the true bottom line is.

You are being lied to, and lives have been lost because of it.

...So when I was a young miss living in New Hampshire, the 2000 elections were coming around and my town was a hotspot for presidential wannabes. Two fellas came to town: John McCain and our very own George W.

McCain was a nice guy, held a barbecue, was a hell of a lot shorter than me. Friendly, took questions, and had a bunch of Harvard boys wandering around in the background to see how it was done. I talked to him afterwards, making an impassioned speech in defense of weirdos everywhere. What the hell. I was seventeen.

About a month later came George Himself, right up to my highschool door. I remember a lot of things from that day. I remember that that was the day I lost all faith in mass media representations of reality.

The majority of us were not told that Bush was coming that day; I heard the day before from a friend of mine whose mother worked as an aide -- they were keeping the news back so we students couldn't "prepare" for it. The next day we were hustled out of our building early on to face a crowd of news reporters and Bush's advance promo guy. While several of us were assaulted by reporters looking for a good word about who we wanted for president (was there a correct answer? hm...), we were being handed "hand-made" signs saying things like Bush for President and We're 4 U and garbage like that. They were creatively colored and by God, they did in fact look as if idiots like us could have drawn them up. Except we hadn't.

We were told that we couldn't ask questions. We were handed more traditional Bush signs; a classmate turned his around and wrote an anti-Bush slogan on the back of his with a Sharpie -- that sign was confiscated, as was the next sign, and the next, and his Sharpie, and finally he himself was sent indoors and given detention. Bush's promo guy was trying to make our two hundred student school look like a crowd of thousands by having us cluster together -- he also asked if people could sit on other kids' shoulders, and maybe cheer.

We waited forty-five minutes like this. When the bus arrived, the cameras started flashing. We apparently weren't cheering enough -- the promo guy started running around behind us and starting fake cheers for us to join in with, making it look as if we were the goddamn pep squad coming up with this junk on our own.

When Bush stepped off his bus, I shook his hand.

He stayed for approximately three minutes, walking fast, heading to some meeting with old folks in the middle of town, or so the gossip went. I actually have no idea what he did after his photo op with us. I remember the camera man shoving me to one side with his camera to get a better shot of Bush waving to the cheering crowd of kids with their adorable, welcoming signs. I remember shoving my elbow into that camera man's gut, the son of a bitch.

The bus left about ten minutes later, and we went inside to finish what was left of class.

I don't trust a single goddamn thing the media shows me of George Bush.


Anonymous Becky said...

I am pimping this in my lj. People need to know that the jerk has been doing this before he even got elected.

9:42 PM

Blogger Harper said...

Cass, thanks for putting that story here. I remember you telling it to us last year, and it's good you're sharing it with more people.

10:30 PM


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