Sunday, November 30, 2003
I was away from this blog when Bush was doling out side dishes at the Baghdad airport. I see now that The Washington Post referred to the event as "an indelible moment in a war and presidency." My response to that is: Say what? I was in Boston for Thanksgiving; the story made front pages on Friday, but then it was over. On local news Friday night and in Saturday's papers, it was eclipsed not only by the Red Sox' acquisition of Curt Schilling but by the usual run of drunk-driving accidents and house fires, and, in the hard-news category, by ongoing violence in Iraq involving people who can't choose to limit themselves to the airport. Even a local angle to the story (the soldier in those front-page photos was from New Hampshire) didn't get prominent play in the local press. Hey, it was a nice photo op, and I'm sure the troops appreciated it, but -- except to the members of the White House press corps, who will probably never stop talking about the utter manliness of it all -- it's over. Next?
Posted by Steve M. at 11:49 PM