Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Did Bush Really Tell Black Musicians To "Pick Up All The Trash"?

On June 19, President Bush hosted the Congressional Picnic at the White House. Legendary New Orleans musicians Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers came to play on the South Lawn, and during a speech the president welcomed Kermit onto the podium :

THE PRESIDENT: Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers, right out of New Orleans, Louisiana.

MR. RUFFINS: Thank you. Thanks for having us. We're glad to be here.

THE PRESIDENT: Proud you're here. Thanks for coming. You all enjoy yourself. Make sure you pick up all the trash after it's over. God bless you, and may God bless America. Thanks for coming.
Was the president's crack some kind of joke? Maybe we're missing something here...

Like the US media. All but a few failed to even mention the president's remark, or the context.

But the president's words are right there, on the White House website.

: Ahhh, shows how misleading transcripts can be. On the video, Bush is clearly addressing the crowd, not Kermit, or his band, when he says "pick up all the trash". Kermit was already walking away.