Tuesday, May 20, 2003

The bedrock of a vibrant democracy is an engaged and active citizenry. Picking up on that theme, earlier this week President Bush implored the American people to contact their congressional representatives and urge them to vote for his tax relief package. Somewhere between the White House and the Neverland Ranch the message was garbled. From the Associated Press:

SOLVANG, Calif. - A congressional field office isn't the sort of place you'd expect to see a celebrity, so Steve Lavagnino was shocked when Michael Jackson walked in wearing a red-and-blue Spider-Man mask.

Jackson wanted to urge Congressman Elton Gallegly of Santa Barbara to attract more Taco Bells to the area where his Neverland Ranch is.

Afterward, Jackson got in his Bentley and was taken to the drive-through of a Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. He ordered two cheese pizzas, breadsticks, water and three soft tacos with chicken. Jackson talked to employees and signed autographs while he waited.

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