Mag: Presidential aide wants a 'do-over' on 'Mission Accomplished'
One of the president's closest aides [Dan Bartlett], who announced his resignation last month, said in a magazine interview the White House wishes it could "do over" President Bush's "Mission Accomplished" appearance aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln months after the Iraq War's start in 2003.
Although he acknowledged the White House signed off on printing the "Mission Accomplished" banner and hanging it on the aircraft carrier, Bartlett said he and other White House advisers didn't know where it would be placed. He also reiterated the White House line that the banner referred to the specific mission of the USS Abraham Lincoln, and not the Iraq war in general.
The New York Times reported in 2003 that Bush's communications team goes "far beyond the foundations of stagecraft set by the Reagan White House" in using precisely managed television images to promote his presidency.
The Times Elisabeth Bumiller reported that one of Bartlett's subordinates, former television producer Scott Sforza, and aides "choreographed every aspect of the event, even down to ... the 'Mission Accomplished' banner placed to perfectly capture the president and the celebratory two words in a single shot."
If the White House "signed off on printing the "Mission Accomplished" banner and hanging it on the aircraft carrier," how come they tried to blame it on the sailors?
"You know that the "Mission Accomplished" banner was put up by members of the USS Abraham Lincoln." - Tony Snow
Sort of tells everything you need to know about what total scumbags these people are.
Of course, they also cropped the official video of the incident so you can't even see the banner anymore.
What guys, eh?