The steward of the most transparent administration in history was in town to campaign for another infusion of taxpayer money to create jobs rebuilding the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.
(If that sounds familiar, it’s probably because the $800-billion stimulus he signed into law in the early days of his presidency was meant to accomplish the same goal.)
His backdrop this time was a large industrial crane — a perfect visual conceit except for one thing. The crane was made by ZPMC, a Chinese manufacturer.
Keith Koffler at White House Dossier writes that someone in the administration noticed the inconvenient truth about the crane and came up with the brilliant strategy of draping an American flag over the company logo.
That would have done the trick had it not been for a fickle breeze that sprang up, whipping the flag aside and revealing the logo beneath it. A CNN producer noticed the problem, took a picture of the exposed logo, and tweeted it.
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