As Eric Alterman points out, the media is all a twitter over Bush’s simply fab Iraq photo op.
It was powerful political theater, choreographed by an experienced team that played up the drama and secrecy of the moment.
Bush took full command of the political stage with his five-hour appearance in Baghdad,
Big Mo has returned to the Oval Office.
As hard as it is to believe, the major media still doesn’t get it: Bush’s ratings aren’t in the toilet because Rove & Co. somehow mysteriously lost their gift for throwing really keen photo ops. His ratings are in the toilet because photo ops just don’t cut it anymore.
Iraq is a murderous mess. And a five-hour visit from Bush, with or without a plastic turkey, isn’t going to change that one iota. And even if this particular example of Bush’s love of grandstanding does somehow earn him a small bump in the polls, it probably won’t last a week, as the unrelenting truth of the disaster on the ground in Iraq continues to assert itself.
Bush doesn’t need “powerful political theater,” “command of the political stage” or “Big Mo.” He needs a solution to getting us out of the nightmare in Iraq.
And just in case anyone might think it relevant, that’s also what the United States needs.