A tribute to Condoleeza Rice and George W. Bush who, despite voluminious evidence to the contrary, said, "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile," adding that "even in retrospect" there was "nothing" to suggest that" and "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees," respectively.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

SCPMT: Stage Crafted Perception Management Team 

From the Rude Pundit

President Bush met today with Rockey Vaccarella, a Katrina survivor who lost everything in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, and who drove a mock FEMA trailer to DC in order to talk with Bush about Katrina relief. Unlike, say, Cindy Sheehan, Bush invited Vaccarella into the White House and had coffee with him. And then, as if to prove that the hurricane had made him batshit insane, Vaccarella offered this while standing next to the President: "I just wish the president could have another term in Washington... You know, I wish you had another four years, man. If we had this president for another four years, I think we'd be great."

Link to Rude Pundit

As it turns out, probably due the Bush/Rove inspired level of cynicism, that "Rocky" may not have mentioned his GOP roots.

Does Rocky sound too good to be true?
By: John Amato @ 1:10 PM - PDT

Is it too much to ask that our liberal media do a little checking? Digby wondered too


In fact, we had a hunch — that maybe, just maybe, Rockey Vaccarella had a background himself in GOP politics.

And, whaddya know? Turns out that the earthy Vaccarella — a highly successful businessman in the fast-food industry — is indeed a Republican pol, having run unsuccessfully under the GOP banner for a seat on the St. Bernard Parish commission back in 1999. We don’t have a good link, but here (via Nexis) is part of his bio that ran in the New Orleans Times-Picayune on Oct. 15, 1999:

Crooks & Liars

So, as usual, the Stage Crafted Perception Managment Team is hard at work. Too bad they don't put this kind of effort into actually getting something done in Mississippi and Louisiana, or Iraq for that matter.

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