Parlock Updateposted by Jazz at 9/23/2004 07:30:00 AM
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According to US News Washington Whispers, the President has rushed into the opportunity to put on his "compassionate" mask and set things right for Parlock's curiously politically active three year old.
After seeing the picture of the tearful Sophia on her father's shoulders, aides said the president was sending her a little note Friday along with a signed campaign poster and an autographed photo of the prez and his dog. "Dear Sophia," Bush penned, "Thank you for supporting my campaign. I understand someone tore up your sign. So I am sending you a new sign and a signed picture. Please give my best to your family. Sincerely, George W. Bush." And on the picture, he inked: "To Sophia, Best wishes from me and Barney." Phil Parlock tells us it really wasn't necessary. "He already said 'Thank you' when he hugged her" at a previous Bush rally they attended, he says. "She bragged for days."
Aww, they even got Barney into the act. Could it be any sweeter in an election season? Congratulations, Phil. You've pulled off the hat trick. With one amazingly simple staged photo op you have managed to:
- draw attention to your local political ambitions as an empathetic figure
- paint the local Democratic Kerry supporters as violent thugs
- give Bush the chance to look like the caring, compassionate defender of innocents.
You can not buy that kind of PR for any amount of money. But with a child, a friend, and a digital camera, you can get it for free. My hat is off, Mr. Parlock. Sheer genius. We'll be sure to follow this story and see if it improves your chances in your fifth bid for local office.