August 31, 2007
The Cars Are Too Fast And Big!
Was just look,ing through yesterday's press briefing, and this struck me as funny:
Q Tony, since you are in a good mood --
MR. SNOW: Not according to Plante, I'm not. (Laughter.)
Q -- you could give me a serious answer on official motorcades, which I've spoken to you about earlier. Now, in the wake of this tragic -- second tragic death of a motorcycle policemen, and in the wake of, actually, an incident that happened last week to me and lots of others on Rock Creek Park when we were nearly wiped out by Cheney's motorcade, which are the biggest, the fastest and most aggressive I've ever seen in 40 years -- why in this day and age are official motorcades necessary? Can't they avoid narrow and windy roads where you can't get to the side, like Rock Creek? And thirdly, why do they have to be so fast and so huge --
MR. SNOW: Connie, I would refer all those comments to the people that do protective details. But I think in this day and age, a protective motorcade is, in fact, a necessity.
Q Do they have to be faster, do they have to be --
MR. SNOW: Connie, I'm just not competent to comment on that. Again, I would refer you to talk to the protective services.
Anyway, this may all be true. Seems like something DCist could look into...
August 31, 2007 | Permalink
Again, I would refer you to talk to the protective services.
Who, as Tony knows, will refuse to answer any questions whatsoever, on general principles.
Posted by: DonBoy | Aug 31, 2007 3:22:32 PM
That reporter seems to think nearly being wiped out by Cheney's motorcade was an accident, when we all know it was really sport.
Posted by: Tom Hilton | Aug 31, 2007 3:34:06 PM
IOW, Snow is telling us that Bush and his henchmen have the same problem Saddam did- that if they slow down, their convoy might be hit by freedom-loving insurgents. Not exactly Winston Churchill territory here.
Good work, Tony.
Posted by: serial catowner | Aug 31, 2007 3:43:46 PM
No, the men are too fast and too big. Hubba hubba!
Posted by: Larry Craig | Aug 31, 2007 6:41:36 PM
This is yet another facet of the emperor problem in modern American political life. The president has been imbued with all the trappings of a king and cut off entirely from the people, both in an official accountability capacity and in day-to-day interaction. The Prime Minister of Great Britain has to go before Parliament and answer questions, and at home he does his own dishes because they don't budget for that kind of service at 10 Downing Street. For the President of our republic, this kind of menial task is unthinkable.
These motorcades aren't strictly a matter of security or convenience, they're triumphal processions.
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