Spike Lee on Bush's besieged butt

Published July 29, 2004 3:43AM (EDT)

We caught up with Spike Lee on Wednesday night in the rain outside the FleetCenter, where we found him good-naturedly arguing with a couple of Boston cops about the relative merits of the Red Sox and the Yankees. (With the argument heating up, Spike told the armed and jackbooted cops he hoped they weren't prone to police violence.) As the banter wore down, we asked the talented filmmaker what he thought of Al Sharpton's rousing speech, in which he firmly rejected George Bush's invitation to blacks to join the GOP. ("Mr. President, read my lips -- our vote is not for sale!")

"The speech was tremendous," said Lee, "and it was obviously embraced by the crowd." It was the red-meat speech the convention was waiting for, Lee said, going right at the man in the White House. "As we say in Brooklyn, he was all in the president's butt."

By David Talbot

David Talbot, the founder of Salon, is the author of New York Times bestsellers like "Brothers," "The Devil's Chessboard," and "Season of the Witch." His most recent book is "Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke."

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