Saturday, June 25, 2005

Lady Justice back at the Justice Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft was always worried that a photo - just like this one - would show up.

So he ordered the statues of Lady Justice draped with cloth while he was in office. One boob in front of the cameras was quite enough.

But the new AG, hardly a civil libertarian, has taken off the drapes and seems a little more comfortable in general than Ashcroft, who required his staff to pray with him daily.

When Ashcroft was AG, I confess I prayed quite a bit myself.

The best anecdote about those statues though comes from the 1980s when Ed Meese unveiled a report on pornography and press photographers dropped to the floor to make sure that Ed was in the foreground and the exposed breasts of the statutes were in the background.

Who says we journalists don't get to have fun?

The new AG is a not completely fun guy however. He wouldn't allow any photographs of the statues being uncovered.

Here's a link to the AP story:
  • Ashcroft and hooters
  • 1 comment:

    1. That's the best line I read about the uncovering "One boob in front of the cameras was quite enough"!