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Actor Heath Ledger’s Death Causes Bush to Cancel Speech

Posted by Joshua Price on January 23, 2008

In another stunning example of Hollywood indirectly (or perhaps directly) influencing Washington, President Bush canceled a speech he was set to give yesterday (January 22) on prescription drug abuse after it was reported that actor Heath Ledger was found dead with prescription drugs close to him.

What is the official statement from the White House?

White House press secretary Dana Perino said Bush’s event had been scheduled for a while.

“We thought it would be better to postpone the event rather than run the risk of anyone thinking that we were being opportunistic in highlighting the issue,” she said.

If this event had been scheduled for “a while” then why the need to cancel it? It can’t be because the White House thought it would be seen as being “opportunistic.” More likely it was probably due to the desire to not offend anyone by potentially being seen as insensitive.

While it is indeed tragic about Ledger’s death was it really necessary to have the President of the United States cancel a speech because an actor died?

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