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Posted December 26, 2007
Kathryan Moore¿s The American President is more spin then History. For example we are told 'On May 1 , the Pentagon announced major combat operations were over. The next day, Bush arrived on the USS Abraham Lincoln in a military jet. Under a huge banner made by the ship¿s crew.' Even though US Aircraft carriers do not have a massive four color printing press capable of producing a massive 50 foot full color banner. Moore allows Bush¿s un-true statements which blame the sailors for the sign to stand. Even though when Bush was called on the fact the crew did not have the capabilities of producing that sign while at sea the White House tried to backpedal and said. 'What 'the president' said was that it was put up by the Navy, by people on board the ship and that was correct,' his spokesman Scott McClellan said Wednesday. 'It was an idea that was suggested by those on the ship as a way to honor the sailors and crew on board the USS Lincoln for accomplishing their mission.' He acknowledged however: 'The Navy asked us to take care of the production of the banner.' Even though the New York Times reported 'Keepers of Bush Image Lift Stagecraft to New Heights' By ELISABETH BUMILLER, NYT, May 15, 2003. ...The most elaborate - and criticized - White House event so far was Mr. Bush's speech aboard the Abraham Lincoln announcing the end of major combat in Iraq. White House officials say that a variety of people, including the president, came up with the idea, and that Mr. [Scott] Sforza embedded himself on the carrier to make preparations days before Mr. Bush's landing in a flight suit and his early evening speech. Media strategists noted afterward that Mr. Sforza and his aides had choreographed every aspect of the event, even down to the members of the Lincoln crew arrayed in coordinated shirt colors over Mr. Bush's right shoulder and the 'Mission Accomplished' banner placed to perfectly capture the president and the celebratory two words in a single shot. The speech was specifically timed for what image makers call 'magic hour light,' which cast a golden glow on Mr. Bush. 'If you looked at the TV picture, you saw there was flattering light on his left cheek and slight shadowing on his right,' Mr. King said. 'It looked great.' Even though Bush admitted the truth. The Crew just hung it up, it was dreamed up and produced by the white house. Bush remarked that the 'Mission Accomplished' sign 'of course, was put up by the members of the USS Abraham Lincoln, saying that their mission was accomplished. I know it was attributed some how to some ingenious advance man from my staff -- they weren't that ingenious, by the way.' There are a thousand points in Moore¿s book I could take apart thusly let is suffice to say if you want to believe the Presidents who supported the robber barons of old and new were wonderful humans and were falsely maligned you will like this book.
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Posted August 28, 2009
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