May 1, 2005: Washington D.C., CODEPINK Book Launch on the two year anniversary of "Mission Not Accomplished."
While May 1st is not only International Worker’s Day and the traditional day to celebrate the coming of the fertile summer, it’s also the anniversary of Bush’s infamous declaration “Mission Accomplished,” signaling an “end to military combat operations” in Iraq. We know what malarkey that was, given the death toll since that day in 2003! We decided it was a good day to give Bush some feedback on the last two years. CODEPINK DC organized a mock re-enactment of the Bush’s speech.
We gathered at Lafayette Park, listened to Bush's delusional sound bites, and spoke truth to his mis-use of power. CODEPINK delivered a giant report card on Bush’s 2-year performance, with all failing grades. Bush then led the noisy group on a march in front of the White House under a banner that read “Mission NOT Accomplished”, while peace activists handed out flyers on the human and monetary costs of this war. And as usual, our protest march encountered a counter-demonstration organized by the Free Republicans.