Today, the former U.S. Senator from North Carolina announced his candidacy for President in the 2008 election. As a backdrop for his announcement, Edwards chose an area of New Orleans' Ninth Ward, which was hit hard by Katrina and its aftermath. He gestured to a group of young people standing nearby, indicating that he had worked with them the previous day, because, he said, you not only have to understand problems, but work to solve them.
So, why am I troubled by this? Edwards had no reason for being in Louisiana other than to use it for a scripted moment, a staged image, he wanted associated with his candidacy. What troubles me is the moment, the words, the image were so terribly Bush.