Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Stuffed With Staffers: George's Press Conference Had Extras In The Seats!

On Thursday, are they going to rent millions of televisions and turn them on to improve the ratings?

(By Dana Milbank, Washington Post)
Tuesday, January 13, 2009; Page A03

The White House had high expectations for yesterday's final, historic news conference. "ONE CORRESPONDENT PER ORGANIZATION," proclaimed the bulletin sent to reporters. "STANDING ROOM ONLY FOR NON-SEAT HOLDERS." But when the appointed hour of 9:15 a.m. arrived, the last two rows in the seven-row briefing room were empty, and a press aide told White House interns to fill those seats.

And they were probably told to remove their shoes. This situation brings home one point: Bush's White House was theater. It was showmanship. It was a stage extravaganza wrapped up within a movie and covered by a circus.

Ziegfield, Cecil B. DeMille and P.T. Barnum would have been proud!

Just a thought.

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