Bits from the Presidential Advance Manual
ACLU has a mostly redacted copy of the Presidential Advance Manual (pdf) which tells staff and volonteers how to prepare for Bush's speech events. Excerpts from the not redacted bits (emphases as in the original):
Typically, tickets will be divided into two different categories. [...] The categories are:
These tickets should be used to highlight a group involved in the theme of event and in a limited number to members of the State Party, Local Officials, the Host of the Event or other groups extremely supportive of the Administration. These seats are usually located behind the podium or in the area between the stage and the main camera platform.
Tickests distributed as general seatings. These tickets represent the bulk of seating at large events.
Preparing for Demonstrators
The formation of "rally squads" is a common way to prepare for demonstrators by countering their message.
The rally squad's task is to use their signs and banners as shields between the demonstrators and the main press platform. If the demonstrators are yelling, rally squads can begin and lead supportive chants to drown out the protesters (USA! USA! USA!) As a last resort, security should remove the demonstrators from the event site. The rally squads can include, but are not limited to, college/young republican organizations, local athletic teams, and fraternities/ sororities.
Once a group of demonstrators has been identified [...], if [the media can see and hear the group], the group is carrying signs, trying to shout down the President, or has potential to cause some greater disruption to the event, action needs to be taken immediately to minimize the demonstrator's effect.
Quite some stage management. May I see the lighting instructions? What filter color is to be used to make Bush's hangover look rosy on TV?
Posted by b on June 29, 2007 at 03:08 PM | Permalink
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