Thursday, March 17, 2011

Hail To The (Ex) Chief

Former President George W. Bush speaks at the 50th Anniversary dinner for Arizona Christian University, a small conservative Christian school in north Phoenix. 
We were allowed to photograph the first three minutes of the President’s speech and were escorted out of the building on minute four. It was stills only - no video. More than 1200 people paid $500 each to nosh with El Jefe (stuffed chicken with a cheesecake pastry dessert) and listen to him recall decision points in his administration. 
Outside the venue, about 100 anti-war protesters and social justice advocates demonstrated against the former prez, claiming policies he authorized like torture and “extraordinary rendition” are not representative of the Christian values a school like Arizona Christian University upholds.