The Ryan photo op

16 Oct

Last year we opened Politics 101 to explain the “photo op“, short for photo opportunity.

Something loved by politicians.

It’s an opportunity for people to see them out doing things, shaking hands, twisting knobs and otherwise being an all-around good guy.

It’s all BS.

In most cases the politician usually shows up minutes before the cameras, looks busy and then goes away minutes after the cameras leave.

We bring this up because Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan has taken the photo-op to a new high – or low.

The head of a northeast Ohio charity is complaining the Romney campaign last week pushed its way into the group’s Youngstown soup kitchen.

All so Paul Ryan could get his picture taken washing dishes in the dining hall.

Brian Antal says he was not contacted by the Romney campaign ahead of the visit by Ryan, who dropped by the soup kitchen after a town hall at Youngstown State University.

“They showed up there, and they did not have permission. They got one of the volunteers to open up the doors.”

There’s more:
“The photo-op they did wasn’t even accurate. He did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall.”

Ryan was on his way to the airport when he stopped by, with the media in tow, to get his picture taken.

We think Ryan is a jerk for doing this, but we also think the press is more of a jerk for buying into it.

When Ryan arrived, the food had already been served, the patrons had left, and the hall had been cleaned.

That didn’t stop them.

Ryan, his wife and three children greeted put on white aprons had their pictures taken while washing pots and pans that did not appear to be dirty.

The Ohio communications director for the Romney campaign, said that the visit by Ryan had been intended to highlight the work of the soup kitchen volunteers.

Nobody that works at the soup kitchen is buying that.

We don’t either.

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