The Bush Photo-Op

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Captdcsa10110131508bush_iraq_dcsa101 The MSM is covering it, so I won’t.  Of course, that’s the real story: that the MSM is finally (and openly) exposing the Bush Administration for their silly staged events.

But you can see good NBC/MSNBC reports about it here and here (both Windows Media Player files)

And then there’s the AP story:

I’m going to ask somebody to grab those two water bottles against the wall and move them out of the camera shot for me," [White House handler Allison] Barber said.

A brief rehearsal ensued.

"OK, so let’s just walk through this," Barber said. "Captain Kennedy, you answer the first question and you hand the mike to whom?"

"Captain Smith," Kennedy said.

"Captain. Smith? You take the mike and you hand it to whom?" she asked.

"Captain Kennedy," the soldier replied.

And so it went.

"If the question comes up about partnering — how often do we train with the Iraqi military — who does he go to?" Barber asked.

"That’s going to go to Captain Pratt," one of the soldiers said.

"And then if we’re going to talk a little bit about the folks in Tikrit — the hometown — and how they’re handling the political process, who are we going to give that to?" she asked.