From Turn Your Back on Bush:
On January 20th, 2005, we’re calling for a new kind of action. The Bush administration has been successful at keeping protesters away from major events in the last few years by closing off areas around events and using questionable legal strategies to outlaw public dissent. We can use these obstacles to develop new tactics. On Inauguration day, we don’t need banners, we don’t need signs, we just need people.
We’re calling on people to attend inauguration as they are: members of the public. Once through security and at the procession, at a given signal, we’ll all turn our backs on Bush. A simple, clear and coherent message.
This is a clever way of protesting Bush directly, and considering the fact that, this might actually have some impact in the media if enough people actually participate. Even a meager 20% of parade route attendants turned away from the motorcade as it passed would create some substantial buzz. I’m curious how dyed-in-the-wool Republicans will respond to this public snubbing and try to denigrate the participants, it’s certainly an interesting discussion that will erupt from this.
UPDATE: The White House has not responded, saying “the president welcomes all people to express their freedoms. The president and this administration have been diligently working behind the backs of the electorate for the past four years, it’s refreshing to see them embrace that.”
UPDATE 2: Republican Congresscritters were considering asking that we keep our back turned to them as well, but demurred since they are already conducting most business in back-rooms out of sight of pesky “constituents” and “oversight”.