11/01/2005: Mr. Photo Op goes to Howard University
Could the Child-In-Chief be any more OUT of TOUCH than this piece from the WaPo illustrates:
"...What might have been a public relations coup for Bush -- a visit to a historically black college to show concern for at-risk youths -- ended up as another Katrina-like moment, with the president appearing spaced-out, waving and smiling for television cameras while students were trying to break through campus security to get to the cordoned-off cafeteria.
All he had to do was drop in on Soul Food Thursday, be seen sharing a wing and some collard greens with students -- and score one for the GOP.
But the visit went from bad to worse. On a day when the U.S. Senate passed a resolution paying tribute to civil rights icon Rosa Parks, who died last week, campus security guards were telling students that if they wanted to eat they'd have to come back when the president and first lady were gone, then go to a service door at the rear of the dining hall and ask for a chicken plate to go. Never mind that a student meal plan at Howard can cost as much as $2,500 a semester.
To set off a student protest at this school, you'd have to be politically tone-deaf in the extreme, out of touch and flying blind. And yet, Bush did it."
So much for Mr. Photo Op - out of touch, insensitive, stonewalling, unaccountable, incompetent, and who's only play-book rule is a variation of Divide and Conquer.
Karen on 11.01.05 @ 06:40 AM CST