Photo ops are the lifeblood of any politician. One charity is drawing the line after GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan “ramrodded [his] way” into a DC soup kitchen.
Here’s the video of Ryan’s appearance at the Youngstown, OH soup kitchen courtesy of CBS News:
The charity’s president told the Post, “The photo-op they did wasn’t even accurate. He did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall.”
The charitable photo op is a long-held tradition of anyone in the public eye. And yes, it’s possible for it to be a positive experience for everyone involved. Maybe the person talks to a soldier and gets something out of it. Or they visit sick kids and it makes them appreciate their lives just a bit more.
But, more often than not, the politician or celebrity or whomever is just going through the motions. They’re just doing the event to be seen and, more importantly, be seen as a good person.
Naturally, people will use this as an opportunity to sling arrows at Paul Ryan.
Is it disingenuous of Paul Ryan to act like he was doing something important when, in reality, he was there for fifteen minutes cleaning an already clean kitchen? Sure. Is he doing anything that countless people trying to look like they care haven’t done while volunteering? Or is this an issue that anyone should care about in any way? Probably not.
Besides, there are probably way more important things for the potential veep to focus on. Like his biceps. You think you get those bad boys with Palmolive? No chance.