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January 4, 2008

Hopefully, New Models Coming For Reaching Out



In the top image, we see 43 treating seven-year-old Malik Lawson like a pet during a recent White House holiday reception. Consistent with the fact that the Bush’s albums-full of portraits with black children typically exclude parents, Malik’s mother, Air Force Sgt. Sherry Martins, was on duty in Iraq at the time.

If you’ve been follow The BAG for the past few years, you know how disgusted I’ve been over the way the Administration visually exploits and patronizes African-Americans.  Maybe it’s just me, but it seems the Obama Iowa victory has suddenly thrown Bush/Rove’s cynical, supposedly GOP-expanding PR strategy into a much harsher light.

Laura: Just Say N.O. (BNN)

New Head of the Passport Office (BNN)

Bush’s Doctored Ad: A Case of Racial Pandering? (BNN)

(image 1: Ron Edmonds/AP.  Dec. 3, 2007.  Washington. via YahooNews. image 2: Jason Reed/Reuters. Amherst, New Hampshire, January 4, 2008. via

  • boxcar

    wow. another astute catch, my friend!
    we shall see whether it is an advantage or disadvantage for Obama to be seen with white children. That may touch a nerve he may wish left alone.
    But it will be FUN to watch!

  • Michael

    On the other hand, seeing him with both parents and children is unlikely to touch that nerve. On the contrary: he comes over like an uncle. But if he played the Bush strategy, of course, patronizing a little white kid, then the proverbial would hit the proverbial.

  • Wisewebwoman

    What’s this fetish about Shrub’s hand on bare heads? Blech!!
    Obama’s pic has a wholesome look to it by comparison.

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