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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 impromptu.
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.
Originally posted by benrl
This has been going on forever, From FDR always being photographed at the podium...
Nothing you see on tv has not been manipulated or controlled.
All tv is a propaganda tool.