Sharpton event to blur Bush theme

WASHINGTON: The theme of the January 20 inaugural of President-elect George W. Bush is 'Celebrating America's Spirit Together.' It is meant to showcase the incoming administration's wish to be 'inclusive'. But the message may be a mixed one when the PR efforts of Rev. Al Sharpton remind the public of the disputed election.

WASHINGTON: The theme of the January 20 inaugural of President-elect George W. Bush is 'Celebrating America's Spirit Together.' It is meant to showcase the incoming administration's wish to be 'inclusive'. But the message may be a mixed one when the PR efforts of Rev. Al Sharpton remind the public of the disputed election.

WASHINGTON: The theme of the January 20 inaugural of President-elect George W. Bush is 'Celebrating America's Spirit Together.' It is meant to showcase the incoming administration's wish to be 'inclusive'. But the message may be a mixed one when the PR efforts of Rev. Al Sharpton remind the public of the disputed election.

Sharpton has made clear his interest in holding his own event at the same time Bush is being sworn in outside the Capitol. Sharpton's spokesperson, Rachel Noerdlinger, said the 'shadow inauguration' will be a march to emphasize the importance of voting rights.

The Bush team has been openly dismissive of Sharpton's efforts, instead stating plans to put forth a positive message.

'We wanted the inaugural to be inclusive, open, positive and spiritual,' insisted Dirk Vande Beek, Bush's deputy communications director. He noted that while inaugural themes typically emphasize unity, the closeness of this election made it all the more necessary.



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