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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Public Relations in a Time of Crisis

The Bush Admin. has really taken all of this to a new level.
This article in the Salt Lake Tribune, (pointed out to my by YC) really helps to put W's focus on appearance into perspective.

 Not long after some 1,000 firefighters sat down for eight hours of training, the whispering began: "What are we doing here?"...
Many of the firefighters, assembled from Utah and throughout the United States by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, thought they were going to be deployed as emergency workers.
 Instead, they have learned they are going to be community-relations officers for FEMA, shuffled throughout the Gulf Coast region to disseminate fliers and a phone number: 1-800-621-FEMA.
"There are all of these guys with all of this training and we're sending them out to hand out a phone number," an Oregon firefighter said. "They [the hurricane victims] are screaming for help and this day [of FEMA training] was a waste."...
 Firefighters say they want to brave the heat, the debris-littered roads, the poisonous cottonmouth snakes and fire ants and travel into pockets of Louisiana where many people have yet to receive emergency aid.
 But as specific orders began arriving to the firefighters in Atlanta, a team of 50 Monday morning quickly was ushered onto a flight headed for Louisiana. The crew's first assignment: to stand beside President Bush as he tours devastated areas.

I really wish the people voting for this idiot would realize the level to which he's manipulating them. Photo-ops and public relations are a part of politics, but there are times when they should not be playing a role and this is definitely one of them. My only hope is that these firefighters protest by denying Bush their presence and going off to save some people instead.

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