Both Campaigns Ignore Racist Bushco Photos

Bushco efforts to suppress images of Bush appointee Julie L. Myers awarding a prize to a federal employee ‘dressed-up’ as an escaped Hispanic or AA felon failed. Wapo finally published the damning images. Click to see the snap.

In a Nov. 8 letter replying to questions by McCaskill, Myers said that she was “shocked and horrified” to learn that the employee was wearing makeup but that within minutes of leaving the party she instructed her chief of staff to direct ICE’s events photographer “to delete all photos of the employee.”

“Although I didn’t know that the employee had disguised his race, I believed I had made an error in judgment in recognizing an escaped prisoner,” Myers wrote.

Double-standards at work?

The Myers story was widely covered here, (ht highacidity) but the actual photos were never released. As long as the photos went unseen, Myers could claim she couldn’t tell that the federal employee was wearing make-up. Now the photos have been finally published you’d think folks would freak.

Root is. Myers lied her face off when the accusations were first leveled, but the notion that Myers could have been un-aware of the make-up covering her employees arms was blown apart with the release of the damning images.

After seeing the photographs, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said it was “obvious to the naked eye” that the worker was wearing makeup. “Unfortunately, I took Ms. Myers at her word,” Thompson said.

“It was clear to me that the man was wearing a wig and had makeup on his face and arms,” Akaka said.

Wapo published the photos Feb 8th.

The story is front-paged at Root. Shuster is out, how come Myers is still working? I can’t find anything on the release of the snaps from either campaign, despite the fact that key Dems have seen the images.

Now the proof has been published you’d figure Dems would be calling for Myers’ head. What kind of double-standard bullshit is operating here?

Where’s the outrage?

If this were a photo of HRC standing next to the guy the Obama campaign would be screaming.


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  1. and search for it among friends.

    Bad plan.

    • bjkeefe on February 9, 2008 at 20:15

    I’m as sensitive as the next person about racism, and I’m also more than eager to jump on Bushies at any opportunity.  However, this is ridiculous.

    Granted, Meyers made things a lot worse by her handling of the evolving situation, and the idea that she tried to suppress photos of it in the first place suggests she thought she had done something wrong.

    But really, it was a costume, worn to a costume party.  

    What am I missing?

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