The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Monday, November 29, 2004

National security is the name of the game.

Well, looks like Stal.... errr, Bush is preparing to make a trip to Canada, where he's sure to be a big hit. If they manage to keep thousands of protestors well out of camera range, that is. It worked in Chile, but how about with our neighbors to the north?

From the story:

"Protest organizers are pulling out all the stops as they try to gather crowds in time for a visit to Canada by U.S. President George W. Bush.

Mr. Bush comes Tuesday to a nation where many people are deeply unhappy about his policies. He can expect major protests in Ottawa and reportedly cancelled plans to address Parliament because of the likelihood of being heckled. . .

The U.S. President will travel Wednesday to Halifax, planning to thank residents of the East Coast for taking in air passengers stranded by the events of Sept. 11, 2001. [Awwww, that's sweet. I wonder if those clips will show up on the evening news here? I'm kidding. They will.]

At every stop, Mr. Bush can expect protesters. Although they concede the difficulty of raising a crowd in the middle of the week, with temperatures expected to remain locked in the single digits, protest organizers are predicting thousands of demonstrators. [Why, that's positively un-American! Anyone want to lay bets on those shots showing up? I'm kidding. They won't.]

I mentioned Chile because there were, unsurprisingly, thousands of protestors present for Bush's arrival. They did swell things like burn American flags and burn Bush in effigy. You wouldn't have known it from watching the pinko PBS NewsHour, though. They limited their coverage of Bush's arrival to a tight closeup of the smiling first couple waving from the plane's door. It might not have been accurate, but it sure was presidential. And the members of the press are uniters, not reporters.