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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Bush visits Iowa flooding, barely.

I don't know what it is about this that set me off,
Bush is expected to arrive in Cedar Rapids in the late morning and meet with local and state officials about the response and recovery effort before touring the flooded corridor by Marine One, the president's helicopter.

From there, he planned to visit Iowa City before departing Iowa. None of Bush's visit is to be open to the public. News media coverage is to be by a limited number of national and local outlets. He is expected to be in Iowa less than three hours.

Maybe it's the limited time, the media lockdown, and the "closed to the public" that bugs me, because you know they will be generating the "President hugs local citizen photos," and all of these restrictions, and the three hour in total visit, really give a sense of how false that picture is.


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