“Goats”, muttered Leni Riefenstahl, “I never even thought about using baby goats.”
Bush went for voters’ hearts. His rally featured all the spectacular stagecraft at which this White House excels. Just as Aaron Tippin’s “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly” reached a high point — “I pledge allegiance to the flag / And if that bothers you, well, that’s too bad” — Bush’s motorcade came speeding dramatically into the riverfront park, all fast black cars and flashing blue and red lights. The crowd of several thousand, some of whom had lined up four hours earlier for security sweeps, erupted and waved small flags. Three Secret Service sharpshooters projected presidential power, standing atop a white trailer, their eyes trained through high-powered binoculars. Restless children inside the rally enclosure had a choice between a small carnival ride and a petting zoo featuring a dozen baby goats.
His blue shirt sleeves pushed up, the president stood with the river behind him, a highway bridge arcing gracefully away. He offered no new details on his programs for the next few years, sticking to his standard stump speech about keeping America strong and safe. “We stand for things,” Bush told the crowd of several thousand. “We stand for something.”
…he told the people who had just stood for four hours to hear someone say “We stand for things”.
Some people get the candidate they deserve.