Skip to comments.EX-CLINTON AIDE: DC Renaissance Hotel's'S Sports Bar is Deification of Bush, Anti-Clinton
Posted on 02/14/2003 12:24:48 PM PST by NativeNewYorker
WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Ex-Clinton political aide
Bob Weiner is slamming the D.C. downtown Renaissance Hotel's new
presidential photo sports bar as a ''deification of Bush,
anti-Clinton, and thereby partisan.''
Weiner, who served as Public Affairs Director for the White House
Drug Czar and was a White House Athletic Center board member while
Clinton was President, visited the new bar yesterday in advance of
today's (Friday) opening to see how the presidential sports pictures
looked and to offer a photo of Clinton leading a group of runners,
including DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton. ''I expected to join in
the celebration,'' Weiner stated.
Instead, Weiner said, ''I saw an entrance corridor of four dramatic
George W. Bush photos, another Bush photo on a wall, and one Clinton
photo -- buried in a corner inside the actual bar, of him playing
pool. To me, and to several hotel employees with whom I spoke, the
Bush photos were disproportionate considering that Clinton is our most
recent and an eight-year president. The one Clinton photo denigrates
the spirit of enthusiastic leadership he conveyed, and the photos of
everyone else -- including Reagan and Bush I both riding horses over
fencesshow vitality and high adventure.''
''Clinton's sports love, as everyone knows, was running -- he told
me himself that he ran 25-30 miles a week. We offered the Renaissance
a beautiful picture -- free -- of him running, poster sized, and even
offered to quickly get a comparable outstanding frame from the
National Gallery so it would match the other quite wonderful photos of
the many other presidents the exhibit has. The exhibit manager, Bill
Englar, the hotel's Food and Beverage Manager, responded, 'I paid a
contractor, they organized it, and there's no space.' I responded with
what I felt was obvious -- 'We are not charging anything, doesn't your
contractor work for you, and here or here or here (pointing) there is
lots of space.' He then asked for a better quality photo, and I showed
him a clear original, which could be quickly re-poster-sized. But it
was clear no response by me would be adequate, especially since he
would not even look at our photo when asked several times, until I
physically held it up in front of him.''
''My worst fear is that because of Renaissance being a Marriott
hotel and Marriott owners' history of strong Republic allegiance,
there is a strong partisan and anti-Clinton bent in an exhibit that is
open to all DC. I know that the hotel does not only want Republican
patrons, so it is my hope they will balance the exhibit and include
photos like the one we've suggested to show Clinton's genuine
enthusiasm and the mantle of leadership he epitomized in available
sports photos,'' Weiner concluded.
(Source: Robert Weiner Associates 301-283-0821/202-329-1700)
And I think we could make a point of asking Bob Weiner why he believes Clinton, a noted perjuror, was telling the truth when he said this?
Maybe he should have hired slower interns.
bun, relish, chili, mustard, and kraut.
no cheese, though. and i like cheese.
Here's a true story. When Weiner worked in the Drug Czar's office under the Clintonista regime, he had his walls plastered with probably 25+ pictures of himself with 'famous' Dims. When Bush came into office, Weiner cleared his walls and put up about the only three pictures he had of himself with prominent Republicans.
So, he does know about political photo displays.
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