Backdrop Hides Made in China Labels
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ST. LOUIS — Someone went to great lengths to ensure the backdrop for President Bush’s sales pitch Wednesday on his economic stimulus plan sent all the right messages — and none of the wrong.
Bush delivered his remarks from a warehouse floor at JS Logistics, a trucking, courier and warehouse business that provided a visual image for his argument that his proposal carries economy-boosting benefits for small businesses. The audience was flanked on all sides by piles of cardboard boxes — with additional piles in front of and behind his podium.
Each one of the hundreds of boxes had a piece of paper obscuring its “Made in China” label.
White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan laughingly attributed the clearly gargantuan paper-affixing effort to an “overzealous volunteer” on the president’s advance team.
A backdrop made-to-order for the White House filled the space directly behind Bush, which is most likely to show up on TV news clips of the event. Blaring a logo of “Strengthening America’s Economy,” it exactly mimicked the real-life box piles, down to perfectly aligned shelves.
Except the boxes on the backdrop were labeled, “Made in the USA.”