Looking for election-year support from black voters in the South, President Bush (news - web sites) was greeted at Martin Luther King’s grave here Thursday by noisy demonstrators who chanted “Go home, Bush!” after receiving a warmer reception at a shabby church in New Orleans.
As Bush placed a wreath on King’s crypt, a low chorus of boos could be heard from across the street where 700 protesters beat drums and waved signs bearing slogans such as “War is not the answer” and “It’s not a photo-op, George.”
As many of you know, Dubya was active in the civil rights movement… :lol:
If he makes a planned appearance at McDonalds, expect there to be protestors. I live here in ATL, and believe me, it was as much a protest about the war as it was his audacity to make an appearance at the tomb. The civil-rights demonstrators felt that they were honoring MLK both in deed and spirit, saying if he were here today he’d be “making some noise”. I ain’t got no beef with that.
The whole “photo op” slant is a real cheap fucking shot, however, given the presidential precedent for making an appearance. No white and/or republican president will likely ever enjoy a visit without the perception of questionable motives.
A former president is a different ballgame. I thing Bush sr. might even manage to make a visit without incident, where as President Elect Clinton(the first Black President) drew protestors at the same event. Far less, of course, but they were there. Some of them were even black.
Right. We get it. Bush isn’t really popular with black folks. Which kind of works against him trying to curry favor from this particular visit. Where’s the “he’s just doing it because he’s expected to” angle? I mean it certainly can’t be out of respect that he came to hang a wreath on a tomb.