11.04.2005

curious george visits some real live black people

Dear Lord. I guess this is pretty ancient news by now, but I didn't hear of it until today, so here it is. Thought Bush was a stupid, politically tone-deaf, bumbling clod before? Read this Washington Post article.

Highlights:
It was Soul Food Thursday at Howard University (you know, the premier black university in the country...) last week, and many students were looking forward to their favorite meal: fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, collard greens and cornbread. At lunchtime, however, students discovered that much of the campus had been locked down and that the school's cafeteria was off limits.

Apparently, many of them did not know that President Bush and first lady Laura Bush had arrived for a "youth summit" at the Blackburn Center, where the dining hall is located. Stomachs began to growl, tempers flared, and, eventually, a student protest ensued.......

......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.....

......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.


Yeah, you read that right. The SERVICE DOOR. The same service door black people had to get their food at back when they weren't allowed into white people's restaurants. Way to go, George. This will surely boost your poll numbers amongst African Americans.

3 Comments:

Blogger nina2can said...

I'd like to think that he can't possibly do anything else to make me dislike him more but once again...I’m speechless.

Great blog by the way.

11/04/2005 12:16 PM  
Blogger Sascha said...

To be fair, and I'm no Bush lover, that was probably more about poor planning on the part of the university group that set up the visit. The president doesn't know where or what facility he'll be using.

11/04/2005 1:51 PM  
Blogger annie said...

Yeah, yeah. I'd be more likely to blame the university if the insensitive moron didn't have such a history of glassy-eyed photo ops in completely inappropriate situations. The guy has no radar. Or common sense, for that matter.

and now, my penance:

I will not discuss politics on a nonpolitical blog.
I will not discuss politics on a nonpolitical blog.
I will not discuss politics on a nonpolitical blog.
I will not discuss politics on a nonpolitical blog.
I will not discuss politics on a nonpolitical blog.
I will not discuss politics on a nonpolitical blog.
I will not discuss politics on a nonpolitical blog.
I will not discuss politics on a nonpolitical blog.
I will not discuss politics on a nonpolitical blog.
I will not discuss politics on a nonpolitical blog.

11/08/2005 3:24 PM  

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