Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Protecting Bush from us.

The WaPo reports:

"A White House manual that came to light recently gives presidential advance staffers extensive instructions in the art of 'deterring potential protestors' from President Bush's public appearances around the country. . . The manual offers advance staffers and volunteers who help set up presidential events guidelines for assembling crowds. Those invited into a VIP section on or near the stage, for instance, must be ' extremely supportive of the Administration,' it says."

I guess, after his first inauguration he got the idea he didn't like interacting with the plebs too much. I recall his welcome to Washington wasn't so warm in either 2001 or 2004.

An article in the Inquirer from 2001 reported:

"Protesters clashed briefly with police at a few flash points, while Bush remained inside his car for most of the parade up a soggy, cold Pennsylvania Avenue. The motorcade sped up as it reached some protests, causing Secret Service agents to break into a run alongside the vehicles. At one point, police stopped the motorcade for five minutes because of the protests. A couple of protesters threw bottles before Bush's limousine arrived, and one hurled an egg that landed near the new Cadillac, which featured puncture-proof tires and six-inch-thick bulletproof glass. "


The manual also says:

"To counter any demonstrators who do get in, advance teams are told to create 'rally squads' of volunteers with large hand-held signs, placards or banners with 'favorable messages.' Squads should be placed in strategic locations and at least one squad should be 'roaming throughout the perimeter of the event to look for potential problems."

A case in point is during the second inauguration when Code Pink got in . . .

The SF reported:

"a small band of activists, including several from the Bay Area, obtained tickets to a VIP area near the U.S. Capitol and interrupted Bush's speech by standing on their chairs and shouting, 'Stop the celebration, end the occupation!' Their chant was quickly drowned out by a loud chorus of "Four More Years" from the pro-Bush crowd."

As bad as the keep the people away from Bush at all costs manual is, even talking to Cheney can get into real hopt water. messing with Cheney can get into real hot water!

Remember back in October of '06 when citizen Steven Howards was arrested by the Secret Service for daring to walk to His Darkness and telling him his poicies were "reprehensible." The Denver Post reported:

Howards told the Secret Service agent, "If Mr.Cheney wants to be shielded from criticism he should avoid public places. I closed by telling him, 'If exercising my constitutionally protected rights to free speech is against the law, you should arrest me."

And he was. Don't mess with Cheney, you'll lick if you're ever seen again!


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