posted on Jul, 28 2012 @ 08:54 PM
Campaigns take pains to stage reality in pursuit of perfect moment
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July 24, 2012: President Obama talks with veterans at the Gateway Breakfast House in Portland, Ore. (AP)
On the presidential campaign trail, nothing is as it seems.
President Obama pops in at a local diner in Oregon, and chats with a group of veterans who just happen to be sitting there. But wait a minute. The
campaign also happens to have their bios at the ready for reporters.
While Mitt Romney is away in London, business owners gather in 24 locations across the country to bemoan Obama's "you didn't build that" remark.
According to the Patriot-News, as the president of a Pennsylvania equipment firm assailed the president's statement, a "lone tear trickled down his
right cheek." Perhaps the tear was real -- but the 24 events, with discussion tracking closely with Romney's recent campaign ads, were far from
The practice of contrived political encounters is hardly new. But as the country's most powerful man competes against one of its wealthiest for the
support of the 'average Joe,' the campaigns seem to be going to creative lengths this year to stage those almost-candid moments -- those casual
encounters that let the candidates remind people that they were normal once too, or that voters feel just like their campaign ads say they do.
Why do they do it? Blame the media, said George Mason University policy professor Jeremy Mayer.
"The cost of not being scripted is so high," Mayer said, pointing to the pummeling Romney is taking right now in the British press for suggesting
London might not be ready for the Olympics.
I think it's hilarious, how many people buy into these politician/campaign meetings with the public being reality. I'm not going to disagree with the
tactic outright, knowing that one little slip of the tongue and a politician will get flamed from here to hell.
Oh... and BTW, Ron Paul would NEVER do this!
I guess it's nice to see Fox posting such an article...
It's all smoke and mirrors, nothing is what it is... there's no partisan politics, they all high five one another after the cameras turn off, collect
their money and pay their troll toll. They are so far from reality, that even with the attempts to script such events... they still come off as
disconnected from the public!
edit on 28-7-2012 by FractalChaos13242017 because: grammar