Bush: Photo-Op Champ?
By Lee Russ
Monday, September 05, 2005 at 10:40 AM
In the Houston Chronicle (which should know our illustrious president well), CLAY ROBISON recently called Mr. Push "the photo-op champ." In storm's wake, how well will Texas honchos lead?, 9/3/05;
I wonder why. A sampling of reports from other sources on the current activities of our illustrious leader:
German television is reported to have said that the president's appearance at a food distribution center was completely staged, with the supposed distribution point torn down as soon as Bush and the American Press were out of sight:
Food intended to be airdropped to survivors in two areas of new Orleans was held back until after the president left New Orleans, because air traffic in the area was halted for security reasons while the president was there:
Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu sent out a press release claiming that repair activity at the breached 17th street levee in New Orleans during Bush's visit was merely another photo op, 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. The good and decent people of southeast Louisiana and the Gulf Coast - black and white, rich and poor, young and old - deserve far better from their national government."
There are reports that the women that Bush hugged for the camera in Mississippi were not even Biloxi locals, with some speculation that they were looters who were just individuals wandering in the area that were quickly recruited as props for Bush's faux compassion photo-op.
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