The New York Post spots President Obama rolling out the red carpet and handing out “doctors’ white coats as well, just so nobody missed his hard-sell health-care message:”
In a heavy-handed attempt at reviving support for health-care reform, the White House orchestrated a massive photo op to buttress its claim that front-line physicians support Obama.
A sea of 150 white-coated doctors, all enthusiastically supportive of the president and representing all 50 states, looked as if they were at a costume party as they posed in the Rose Garden before hearing Obama’s pitch for the Democratic overhaul bills moving through Congress.The physicians, all invited guests, were told to bring their white lab coats to make sure that TV cameras captured the image.
But some docs apparently forgot, failing to meet the White House dress code by showing up in business suits or dresses.
So the White House rustled up white coats for them and handed them to the suited physicians who had taken seats in the sun-splashed lawn area.
Bolding in above passage by Cuffy Meigs, who spots flashbacks to the plastic turkey that wasn’t. Meanwhile, the Media Research Center notes the astroturfed nature of the men in the Good Humor jackets.
Ann Althouse adds:
A sea of health-care-reform-supporting doctors was assembled to be photographed listening to Obama tell them what a sea of health-care-reform-supporting doctors they are, and they were supposed to all be wearing white lab coats — so they’d look like a sea of health-care-reform-supporting doctors.
But some of them — despite getting the memo to wear their lab coats — came dressed, well, appropriately. They wore business suits/dresses for their audience with a President. Oh, no!
White House staff had to scramble to get a bunch of lab coats, and the photo-op of the staffers passing out lab coats to the doctors was much more amusing than the a sea of health-care-reform-supporting doctors the White House wanted.
Come on, people! Obama’s in trouble. You need to help.
No word yet from Tom Wolfe on this, though.