White House Downplays Bush Faux Pas
The White House was quick to respond to criticism of President Bush's first appearance at the annual NAACP convention, claiming that the chief executive's intention was to 'spread a message of unity and brotherhood, and explain how the Republican Party could create expanded opportunity to people of all races, even blacks'. Still, many African-Americans expressed dismay at his brief remarks.
"It's not what he said," explained NAACP President Bruce S. Gordon. "I mean, a lot of that was boilerplate. Extend the Voting Rights Act? I never expected that to be a big whoop, but apparently... well, at least he's on the right side of the issue. It's just that a lot of our members felt his appearance was somehow disrespectful. I don't know... I can't quite put my finger on it but I still feel a bit of a disconnect with the Republican Party."
"Was it a mistake for the President to attend in blackface?" asked Press Secretary Tony Snow, who then answered his own question. "No, not at all. It shows that the President is a man willing to meet with any group on their own terms, someone who is unafraid to take a stand and make a difference. Plus it was funny as hell. When he walked to the podium with his champagne glass and said 'It's Cristal, y'all, show me some love'... well, all I know is that line gets huge laughs at the fundraisers. I guess this proves what some of our conservative critics say. If the President is guilty of anything, it's of trying too hard to reach out to people.:
©2006, Mark Hoback