Case in point
Over a week ago I mentioned that George Bush (that would be the unelectable one, not the one we fired) made a pitstop in Atlanta to fulfill every Republican’s dream and
piss on lay a wreath at Martin Luther King Jr.’s memorial in between fundraising stops. You remember: the Fifteen Minute One Stop Photo-op .
From Kevin Phillip’s excellent American Dynasty:
George W. Bush, by contrast, developed the use of minority imagery into a calculated routine. In 1999, as he went from million-dollar fund-raiser to million-dollar fund-raiser, his cavalcade regularly stopped for photo opportunities in black and Hispanic schools and community centers. In the words of New York Times reporter Frank Bruni, “He prayed in black churches. He went to Central High School in Little Rock, site of one of the most famous battles in the South to integrate schools. He embraced no past president as tightly as Abraham Lincoln, who put an end to slavery. The apotheosis of this trend eventually came in the Republican National Convention in late July, where the stage featured as many black performers as the Apollo Theater in a good month.’ When visiting cities like Chicago, Milwaukee, or Philadelphia, in pivotal states, he would drop in at Hispanic festivals and parties, sometimes joining in singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in Spanish, sometimes partying with a “Viva Bush” mariachi band flown in from Texas.
Shame on those protestors for disrupting his fifteen minutes of media manipulation.