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Tuesday, October 28, 2003

The buck stops where?

In another example of Dubya's political courage, the Prez is denying that the White House had anything to do with the 'Mission Accomplished' banner on the USS Abraham Lincoln. You'll recall that the banner was the backdrop for Dubya's May 1 speech in which he claimed victory in the Iraq war, which the Prez delivered in his much-commented-upon flightsuit.

When it was brought up again Tuesday at a news conference, Bush said, "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 somehow to some ingenious advance man from my staff -- they weren't that ingenious, by the way."

That explanation hadn't surfaced during months of questions to White House officials about proclaiming the mission in Iraq successful while violence continued.


Magpie finds it impossible to believe that the same outfit that choreographs each of Dubya's appearances to the best political advantage would have allowed that banner to be seen if its presence hadn't suited the White House's purposes.

Via AP.

Update: Magpie has had some time to do a web search on Dubya's speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln, and we found an interesting article that originally appeared in the NY Times. While it doesn't prove that the White House was responsible for the 'Mission Accomplished' banner, it certainly showed that the banner was deliberately used to create the image of Dubya as a strong leader.

The most elaborate — and criticized — White House event so far was 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 Sforza embedded himself on the carrier to make preparations days before Bush landed in a flight suit and made his early-evening speech.

Media strategists noted afterward that Sforza and his aides had choreographed every aspect of the event, even down to the members of the Lincoln crew arrayed in coordinated colors over Bush’s right shoulder and the "Mission Accomplished’" banner placed to 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 Bush.


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