Insult to injury

George Bush's poll numbers are so bad that he's taking the desperate step of talking to black people.

For five years in a row, President Bush has declined invitations to address the annual NAACP convention. This year, with the Senate poised to renew the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Bush said yes.

The White House says Bush wants to address the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Thursday to show his commitment to civil rights.

The astonishing aspect of this story is that after being slapped five times in a row, the nation's oldest civil rights organization woud bother to issue the president yet another invite. Sixth time the charm, apparently. Thus Bush gets his photo op - you know, for the record - and the NAACP gets to hear the president issue bland calls for "unity," though only the extremely credulous - or Donna Brazile - would look for for genuine action on black issues from a chief executive busily pleasing his own base, and whose bags are already halfway packed for departure from office.


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