Pictures Tell a Story at State Department
There've been stories before about State Department career employees' unhappiness when an unknown Bush administration politico ordered historic diplomatic photographs removed from a hall leading to the department's main cafeteria. They were replaced with huge color glossies extolling the diplomatic feats of President Bush, First Lady Laura Bush and SecState Condoleezza Rice. (At this point, we probably shouldn't even mention the huge jellybean portrait of George W. in the window of the candy shop one floor down, across from the Foggy Bottom cafe).
Recently, we are told, things took a turn for the worse. Outside the State Department 's press briefing room on the department's 2nd floor hang large official photos of Bush, Rice and Vice President Dick Cheney. The pictures were, er ... modified by persons unknown. (We did not personally witness this, we must admit -- or we'd have a photo to post). We're talking fake mustaches and the like. The defacements were promptly cleaned up. They reappeared.
An edict came down from on high: stop this childishness.
Further evidence that the Bushies are losing control as they enter their final months? Or that pollsters who found 82% of the American public believes the country is on the wrong track must have dialed a few diplomats at home?