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The Fake Tan Debate
image As the presidential candidates gear up for their first debate tonight, the focus of the world is not on what the two men are going to say about the War in Iraq, the rising costs of healthcare, or the erosion of civil liberties, but instead on the real burning issue: did John Kerry get a fake tan? His face definitely does look a little on the over-ripe side, but then I'm sure that Bush also uses tanning aides. Of course, maybe judging candidates by the quality of their tans isn't that illogical since, as this article points out, these debates are little more than carefully scripted pseudo-events anyway, carefully rehearsed to be completely free of surprises. So the candidates' tans are no more or less real than anything else you get to see about them. Which is why reporters are able to write analyses of the debate before the debate even occurs, as demonstrated by a post-debate analysis written in the past tense that appeared on ABC's site earlier today (i.e. hours before the debate). ABC has since pulled the analysis, but luckily screen captures of it were made, one of which can be viewed here.
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 30, 2004

Tanning aides? Surely Bush uses tanning aids.
Posted by Lawrence Mayes  in  UK  on  Fri Oct 01, 2004  at  10:44 AM
That was a good catch, but now that I think about it, I'm sure it's both. Aides who lounge around tanning themselves, and aids to help him tan.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Fri Oct 01, 2004  at  11:56 AM
When you are talking about tanning aids, do you mean a bunch of cool long legged babes with large mirrors directing additional sunlight on John Kerry's skin?
Posted by Loxx  on  Fri Oct 01, 2004  at  12:36 PM
it covers his botoxed face nicely
Posted by john  in  NH  on  Fri Oct 01, 2004  at  05:03 PM
Lawernce: Surley your forgetting that Bush spends alot of time outside when he is at his Texas Ranch.
Posted by Dany  in  Texas  on  Sun Oct 17, 2004  at  01:43 PM
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