The Bush Administration’s Photo Finish

Fun Bunch  chao1.JPG

Michael Wiseman in The Washington Post asks an interesting question as the Bushies leave Washington: who gets their stuff?

There’s a lot of it.

In February 2001, the Bush administration began an extraordinary portraiture deployment across all levels and locations of government. It’s time to call those troops home.”

Wiseman’s Post piece focuses on the personality cult photo homage assembled outside her office by Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao.  She has  accumulated 130 photos in this one area of the sizable Labor Department building.  Thirty-nine of them feature Chao solo, twenty more with President Bush and other administration greats, and fourteen Chao-less of Bush solo or with minions.

An Air About Her  chao-ground-zero.jpg

Chao has been there since the beginning, the only Cabinet Secretary to survive the entire Bush era. When she’s not giving  dental technicians incurable lung disease  Chao is half of a Washington Fun Couple with beloved Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell,  currently masquerading as the defender of the taxpayer against an Obama economic stimulus and killer of the auto loan.

Now that the Bush people are leaving, what to do with these iconic images of has-been hacks?

The Bush-bunch icons are public property. I suggest that all of them be auctioned to souvenir hunters. The money raised might be used, in part, to restore the lights in the Roosevelt Memorial or to repair a Metro escalator or two.

Or perhaps to repay taxpayers for their $14 million dollars spent in part on the Elaine Chao Auditorium at the University of Louisville’s Mitch McConnell Center.


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