Friday, November 04, 2005

Bush visits Howard U. Starts near riot.

He missed the homecoming though.

A pretense of a youth summit twix Bush and you know those young hip minority students (specially picked from the Young Republicans club no doubt) in the student cafeteria just happened to block hungry students that paid 25 hundred bucks for a semester of food. Geez, how can a post Katrina president score some easy rising poll points with minorities these days?

I especially like the way Courtland Milloy's explained the situation near the end of the column:

On a day when the U.S. Senate passed a resolution paying tribute to civil rights icon Rosa Parks, who died last week, campus security guards were telling students that if they wanted to eat they'd have to come back when the president and first lady were gone, then go to a service door at the rear of the dining hall and ask for a chicken plate to go.


Never mind that a student meal plan at Howard can cost as much as $2,500 a semester.

Howard is not some hotbed of political activism. The biggest event of the year is homecoming, which features two fashion shows, a step show and lots of hip-hop celebrities. As the rapper Ludacris put it in his summer hit, "Pimpin' All Over the World":

Jump in the car and ride for hours,

Makin' sure I don't miss the homecoming at Howard.

To set off a student protest at this school, you'd have to be politically tone-deaf in the extreme, out of touch and flying blind. And yet, Bush did it.

God help us in Iraq.


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