While I’m sure our local newsdrones will be going absoutely apeshit with Bush’s announcement that he bravely saved Los Angeles’ beloved Liberty Tower landmark from shoe bomb-wearing terrists all the way back in 2002, I hope at least one of the broadcasts will put this pathetic and desperate PR stunt into perspective:
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said talk Thursday he was blindsided by President Bush’s announcement of new details on a purported 2002 hijacking plot aimed at a downtown skyscraper, and described communication with the White House as “nonexistent.”
“I’m amazed that the president would make this (announcement) on national TV and not inform us of these details through the appropriate channels,” the mayor told The Associated Press. “I don’t expect a call from the president – but somebody.”
Yeah, it was such a serious, and real threat, the
White House PR Department Department of Homeland Security didn’t even notify local officials of the, uh, danger. When I’m done throwing up, I’ll pretend to be surprised.
This “major” speech comes one day after Alberto Gonzales went before Congress to (unsuccessfully) defend Bush’s illegal warrantless domestic wiretapping. This is one day after Tom Delay was given Duke Cunningham’s seat on the appropriations committee. This is right after it was reported that Bush snuck his failed Social Security Privitazation plan back into the budget, and is stuck around 40% approval, nationally. The news cycle right now is about all those things, and cable news has been dominated with reminders (from Coretta Scott King’s funeral) that there were never any WMDs in Iraq. This is classic Karl Rove: steal the news cycle that’s hurting you with something sensational. Please, Los Angeles, don’t buy into this his bullshit.