Bush to Pro-Lifers: Don't Stand So Close To Me

| Tue Jan. 23, 2007 12:00 PM EST

The President called in (literally) his support yesterday for his fellow anti-abortion cohorts from his vacation home in Camp David. Bush makes a call to this Washington-based anti-abortion rally each year on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and always from far away lands. I find this so amusing. Is this supposed to be politically saavy, maybe a pre-emptive maneuver so that just in case the pro-lifers do something radical (er... more radical), there are no pictures of Dubya nuzzled next to them? I don't really know why they do this every year. Neither does Political Animal blogger, Kevin Drum, who weighed in on this phenomenon yesterday.

"These guys (includes Reagan who used to do this as well) are so terrified of having their picture taken in the actual presence of people they supposedly support that they extend their vacations in order to generate some marginally plausible excuse for not showing up in person. Or is it something else they're terrified of? I've never been quite sure."

There were other fun events in Washington to honor the 34th anniversary of a woman's right to an abortion. Ann Friedman, an old Mother Jones coworker attended the Blogs4Life conference at the Family Research Council's headquarters. Her musings are here. The highlight -- apparently, pro-lifers think "abortion providers EAT FETUSES?!" Ann writes, "No, really! Jill Stanek told me so today."

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