The Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC) case is being hailed as one of the most troubling and controversial decisions by the nation’s highest court. Some say that the Court’s decision advances the agenda of conservative Justices who went out of their way to invalidate precedent resulting in a win for big money corporations and the Republican candidates they frequently endorse. Let’s face it – this was a 5-4 decision which, for the most part, appears to be split along party lines.
The heading of an article in The Washington Post caught my attention. It reads “Officials Try to Prevent Haitian earthquake refugees from coming to the U.S.” Many Americans feel that if just one Haitian enters this country as a result of the earthquake, he/she will overburden our schools, hospitals, and welfare rolls while increasing already high unemployment rates. However, America can accept as many as 80,000 new refugees.
The President’s attire has been creating some buzz lately. When the President threw the ceremonial first pitch at the All-Star Game in July 2009, cyberspace and television programming exploded with chatter about his “Mom” jeans. Earlier this month, Weatherproof Garment Company, a New York company, placed a towering billboard featuring the President in Time Square. The billboard shows the Obama wearing a Weatherproof jacket during a visit to the Great Wall of China.
Some say the ad is disrespectful. But it’s not. Which elected politician would not want to have a larger than life image of himself or herself on a billboard in Times Square – the epicenter of the theatre, dining, fashion, media, and business worlds? It’s the most popular intersection in the world.
Although the White House did not solicit or approve the ad – I think they are secretly relishing the free PR. Hence their half-hearted request to the company to remove it.