Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pretending To Care

(Associated Press)

OK, I know everybody is already talking about this one, but I simply can't let Paul Ryan's magnificent Saturday pantomime photo-op go without comment.

Let's review: Ryan and his entourage were on their way to the airport when they thought they'd stop off for a quickie at a soup kitchen, photographers in tow. Never mind that the charity's homeless clients were already gone, had already been served, or that there was nothing charitable to be done; Ryan and family donned clean aprons (Ryan didn't even remove his tie!), carefully rolled up their sleeves, and pretended to wash dishes which were already clean as the AP photographer dutifully recorded the fake event (see above).

Ryan claimed he wanted to spotlight the efforts of soup kitchen volunteers. No, Mr. Ryan, you wanted a photographer to make you appear to be one of them.

It's breathtaking!

The cynicism displayed by Ryan and Co. in this case is so blatant, it makes even Condoleezza Rice's most baffling, dishonest and pointless photo-ops look sincere in comparison.

I'm impressed.

UPDATE: CBS News has video. It's great!


Lulu Maude said...

I'm depressed...but just till I get angry.

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HRH King Friday XIII, Ret. said...

He got hungry after all that PX90ing.

NationalWaterCooler said...

And in the video you see him walking past an actual homeless man as quickly as possible!

Could his time have been better spent actually talking to homeless people about the issues they're dealing with?

The Cat's Meow said...

Is that wifey standing next to him? She must be thinking, why the f--- doesn't he do this at home?

Mara said...

Ryan's snappy patter in the video is nausea inducing. And all the "suits" standing around the background casually directing the action is a real smooth touch.

Anonymous said...

Note that Ryan too wears a crappy plastic watch.