Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Too bad they didn't point the camera at Shrub

It could have been another of those watershed "Dukakis in the tank" moments.

For the Mandarin's younger loyal reader(s), Michael Dukakis lost the 1988 Presidential election to Shrub's dad (a/k/a "President Bush").

Here's a snippet from Wikipedia about "Dukakis in the tank."

In September 1988 Dukakis visited the General Dynamics plant in Michigan to take part in a photo op in an M1 Abrams tank... Filmed wearing a safety helmet that seemed too large for his head, Dukakis looked awkward, out of place, and decidedly uncomfortable in a military setting. Footage of Dukakis was used by the Bush campaign as evidence he would not make a good commander-in-chief, and "Dukakis in the tank" remains shorthand for backfired public relations outings.

To see killer "tank" photo, the one that came to the Mandarin's mind when he saw the shot above, click here.

Original photo caption: White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, left, and White House Counselor Dan Barlett, ride in a military helicopter wearing helmets and flak jackets for a trip from Baghdad International Airport to U.S. Embassy in the Greenzone Tuesday, June 13, 2006 in Baghdad, Iraq. Snow and Bartlett traveled with President Bush who made a surprise visit to Baghdad. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

1 comment:

Fancy Dirt said...

I love the looks on their faces! That picture would make a great set up for one of those "_ _ _ _: Priceless" commercials!