This whole issue was a big huge joke.
Ashcroft, as the article states, wasn’t the first to use the blue drapes. They’d been used for years, because obnoxious news photographers loved to position their cameras just so to make speakers at the lectern look like, well, boobs.
For years the government rented the drapes from a private company on an event by event basis. All Ashcroft did was approve the purchase of some for permanent retention by the Justice Department, since this would save money over the long haul.
For this triviality, he was made to look like a maniacial Putitan. Admittedly, he didn’t need much help in this regard, but this drape issue was just a load of BS.
Now the drapes are gone, and the country can breathe a collective sigh of relief that we’ve been delivered from such a crass and tasteless official. I have no doubt that this kindness will be met with restraint when the photographers next photograph someone in the Great Hall.