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September 15, 2007

No, It’s Not The ‘05 Inauguration — But Oh, The Memories!

Bush-Motorcade-Policeman

This shot got lost in the shuffle about two weeks ago.  Here’s the caption:

A police officer begins to lift a weapon toward protesters as a presidential limousine drives past behind Monday, Aug. 27, 2007, in Bellevue, Wash. President Bush arrived Monday afternoon to headline a fundraiser for Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., just hours after the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez.

With all the talk these days about iconic photography, or even the inflation of the term, I think this shot fits the bill.  How can the Administration continue to get away with, well, everything it gets away with?

I found this newswire shot a revealing, if slightly cinematic symbolization of what underscores every gesture of Bush’s government-by-paranoia.

(Oh yeah, 2005.)



h/t: Robert

(image: Elaine Thompson/AP.  Via YahooNews.)

  • bob h

    I grew up in Bellevue. Last time I checked, it was so Republican that the NYT does not even offer home delivery. Had this shot been taken in Baghdad, it would more understandable.

  • http://wonderworldofbooks.blogspot.com/ Books Alive

    Darcy Burner, Democratic candidate for this seat, narrowly lost in 2006. To match this fundraising visit by Bush, there was a huge online effort to donate to Darcy’s campaign. Also, Darcy held a Virtual Town Hall, with this video invitation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJjxN8Iw62Q
    No doubt, the Secret Service et al. thought that might mean some sort of threat on the ground as well. The caption reads “protestors” but they are not shown.
    YouTube has a number of videos, and this one by AuntBee09 captures the variety of law enforcement groups as well as protestors. Midway through it, as the Presidential motorcade speeds by, the police dispatcher says “The package is enroute” several times.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iQCQuCF9Wk&mode=related&search=

  • Terrible

    Is it legal to point loaded weapons at un-armed civilians for no good reason in Washington state?

    • ShellyB

      Apparently so!  LOL  We have protests here all the time.  But when the presidential motorcade came through, lots of people wanted to stand over the bridges and watch or hold signs welcoming him, hanging them from the side of the bridges.  None of this was allowed and all overpasses were blocked off.

      Shelly

  • http://profile.typekey.com/ecophem/ Kitt

    JezzuusChrist! That’s one big-*ss gun!. What is it? A tear-gas canister or rubber bullet gun?
    I think I’m just going to have pass this around. It’s disgusting. What a bunch of f**king cowards to not even have the teeniest of cojanes to face U.S. citizens.

  • lytom

    Amazing, this is what democracy looks like.
    Not only are the “unfriendly” citizens not admited to public events, to ask questions or even to be present in “unfriendly Tshirts or wearing a wrong color,” but even in the streets the police protection of the ruler is following the rule, that these are not the times to protest, to raise voices, time to shut up!

  • http://profile.typekey.com/ecophem/ Kitt

    Not only are the “unfriendly” citizens not admited to public events, to ask questions or even to be present in “unfriendly Tshirts or wearing a wrong color,” but even in the streets the police protection of the ruler is following the rule, that these are not the times to protest, to raise voices, time to shut up!
    And all the more reason to speak even louder and longer.

  • margaret

    They’re just tuning up for the big show when they declare martial law (after outraged citizens march on the Capital to protest everything there is to protest….need I repeat all that, here?) Getting us used to intimidation by force. It’s already happening, without guns, in my hometown. Police bully people who aren’t even doing anything slightly illegal.

  • http://mediacology.com Antonio Lopez

    Ah, Bush and his roving police state. When will people get it?

  • http://www.thehuffingtonpost.com Blake Incarnate

    “and the puny shrub sits calmy, smugly in the back of his limo. Content in his power to part the masses, feeling like Moses while parting the Red Sea.” ….
    We’ve had freaking shrub here in Denver several times lately. They escort him with streams of protected vehicles. They shut down highways and major arterials for hours at a time, police blocking every on-ramp and access, causing massive disruptions in the city, with no regard to the time of day, rush hour, lunch hour, gridlock…. waiting for The Package to pass by on his way to another Rethuglican fundraiser. No doubt, the expense for this all is mind boggling. I would expect this is all charged off the the “Homeland Security Budget” what was misallocated across the lands. Memo to Gulianni: this is why Denver and DeMoines all get such a large share instead of Manhattan, Dumbya has fundraisers in all 50, all the time.
    America sure resembles a third world dictatorship to me, under Chimp Rule.

  • http://windingroad.typepad.com jaye

    The 2001 presidential inaugural parade scared me. A soldier every 10 feet if I recall correctly. Were they expecting trouble since they stole the election?
    We made third world status when protesters couldn’t wear anti-Bush shirts near the president. Now we have a Supreme Court that is afraid the Republic will crash if we let school children on public property hold signs that read, Bong Hits 4 Jesus.
    The cop is only doing what he knows he can get away with.

  • tina

    A great picture with a real ring of truth to it. It ought to be famous. That is one mean looking weapon. Anybody know what it is?

  • http://ruinsofempire.blogspot.com/ Rafael

    Thats a 40mm grenade launcher, usually used to fire tear gas canisters (in “civilian” service). But when did the OCP take over the local PD?

  • Eyes Wide Open

    One small drive for the Man, one giant leap towards Martial Law…

  • http://tekel.wordpress.com tekel

    when someone points a gun like that at the American public, it’s only a matter of time until people start shooting back.

  • john smith

    when someone points a gun like that at the American public, it’s only a matter of time until people start shooting back.
    Thanks for the laugh.

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