Tuesday, August 24, 2004

A Blue Stater Travels Through Red States, Part V

Dateline: Epcot and Disney/MGM Studios, Orlando, Fla.

Today's shirts:

David: "We need democracy, not an aristocracy."
Heather: "Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again. -- George W. Bush"
Alexander: "Even I know it's wrong to lie."

Maybe the crowds at these two Disney parks more closely follow politics. Maybe our shirts -- mine in particular -- were easier to read. I don't know. But collectively, the Marks got a much greater response today.

A family from Massachusetts actually applauded us as we walked by. A man from Wisconsin thanked us for our efforts. A woman (state unidentified) read our shirts and grinned.

Surprisingly, we got less enthusiastic reactions from a couple of Disney employees. One, a girl from Louisiana, asked to read the shirts, said she was disappointed that Heather's script wasn't a positive statement of personal relevance, and then said she couldn't discuss politics. Another employee, from Florida, sarcastically remarked, "Oh, it's the positive message group."

However, a third employee (state unidentified) quietly said to Heather, "I like the shirts," before quickly returning to his task of lining people up to take photos with Winnie the Pooh and Piglet.

Overall, if I had to provide a scorecard thus far, I'd say it's a toss-up between those who I saw visibly approving of the shirts, and those that appeared angered by them. Nothing scientific, of course.

More results as they become available ...



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