illusion of the day
The other day, Bush gave a speech promoting tax breaks for small businesses at a St. Louis warehouse, and was photographed in front of a stack of boxes stamped "Made in the USA." Now as shocking as it must be to imagine anything about the Bush presidency to be a matter of image over substance, it turns out that the boxes were fake--a painted backdrop. The delicious irony is the backdrop concealed a stack of real boxes--labeled "Made in China."
(via Counterspin Central , Eschaton and Daily Kos)
Update: "To television viewers around the country, the banner was indistinguishable from a real wall of boxes made in the good old U.S. of A., which were perfectly lined up on either side of the banner. For an event meant to draw attention to the president's plan to help small businesses hurt by the sagging economy, it appeared to be another hit designed by the White House advance staff, known for their eye-catching "made for TV" backgrounds." (via Never Trust a Monkey)