Not the merry pranksters


Here the country is reeling from depression, recession and oppression, and the president decides to take a heartland tour in the visual equivalent of an armored hearse?


(JASON REED /REUTERS)

It’s incomprehensible.

A bus tour itself is not a bad idea when your aim is to reconnect with everyday people, but this one is ill-timed and looks desperate. If you’re confident in your presidency, you ignore the impotent opposition while they slug it out.

“Who, them? I’m busy.”

Otherwise, the bus is a stab in the heartland. We’re a red, white and blue nation, colors of optimism and hope. Or, thanks to Obama’s own rhetoric, we’re at least a purple nation. Lavender polka dots would have been better than a black mass that penetrates amber waves of grain like an armada of doom.

No doubt there are mighty good reasons for the color and construction of the presidential mega-hearse, but as political symbolism, the vehicle looks like a creation out of Batman and the president appears as Paul Revere of the Apocalypse.

Whoever came up with the black bus had best be looking for a job, preferably not in public relations.

Kathleen Parker writes a twice-weekly column on politics and culture. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary In 2010.

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