At the Inauguration next month, the activist organization After Downing Street is organizing two activist events. On January 19 at 11 am, people will gather at Dupont Circle to listen to some speeches and then throw shoes at the White House The shoes will be only symbolically thrown; they’ll be collected afterward and donated to charity. The next day, After Downing Street has obtained a permit to demonstrate on the Inaugural Parade route for the new President, Barack Obama, with the message “Arrest Bush.”
I’m not one to minimize the numerous crimes, misdemeanors and unconstitutionalities of George W. Bush. But — how to put this gently? — he’s not going to be President any longer. Barack Obama will be President as of January 20, and the rest of the government will carry on without George W. Bush, whether he is hit with a shoe, or thrown in jail, or not.
It seems to me that if you want to change what the U.S. government does, then the thing to do is address the government… which as of January 20, 2009 does not include George W. Bush.
Me, personally? I’m looking forward, not looking backward. The Obama administration has a lot of change to implement and has not expressed an inclination to actually do so on all necessary counts. I’d rather George W. Bush went scot free than the outrages of the Bush administration continue.
Where do you stand on this?