Approximately 900,000 mutes marched on Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, in what was perhaps the largest congregation of mutes ever. They quietly waved their signs in protest against President Bush claiming "President Bush doesn't care about mute people".
The march was organized by the national organization Quiet Riot
. It seems the group is still bitter about a 2002 press conference where Bush referred to mutes as "untalkable people" and then engaged in fake sign language and began talking with a deaf accent saying " I feewal ore payin"(I feel your pain.). Bush claims he was trying to reach those people; he thought mutes could talk some of the time and that's how he saw one talk in a movie once.
The march was originally planned to take place three years ago, but it took two years for the group to realize that telephone recruitment of participants was not the way to go. A mass e-mail was circulated instead and then the momentum began.
A Bush spokesperson addressed the crowd saying ,"The president has apologized many times for the incident and is still very sorry. President Bush has even learned a little sign language, and he would like me to share it with all mutes." She then proceeded to stick up both middle fingers at the crowd and then added, " Bush wants you to know he would like you all to shut up about that incident. Oh wait that's right , You already are."
head, Matthew Thomas, had nothing to say about the event. He did however flash a couple hand gestures toward Bush, which by all the crossing, I am guessing weren't pleasantries.