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by Jerry Vasilatos
Wednesday, May. 19, 2004 at 1:00 AM
Speaking at Woodrow Wilson High School in Los Angeles about the importance of education in America, Senator John Kerry was met by the husband and wife creative team behind the "Deck of Bush" and "Deck of Republican Chickenhawks" political playing cards.
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May 10th, 2004
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Senator John Kerry
meets the creators of the "Deck of Bush - 54 Reasons
NOT to Re-Elect
the President" playing cards at speech in Los Angeles.
(LOS ANGELES, CA.) Speaking at Woodrow Wilson High School in
Los Angeles about the importance of education in America, Senator John
Kerry was pleasantly surprised to meet Jerry and Lisa Vasilatos, the
husband and wife creative team behind the "Deck of Bush" and
"Deck of Republican Chickenhawks" playing cards. The couple's
two decks, which cite 54 reasons not to re-elect George Bush and identify
the 53 pro-war Republicans who rallied for war but dodged service, have
been a hot political novelty in select bookstores across the country
and are also available for purchase online at: www.deckofbush.com
Handing him a "Deck
of Bush" pack, Lisa Vasilatos told the senator "My husband
and I created these to help you win the election." Smiling, Kerry
responded "Really? You did these? We have these don't we?"
Vasilatos replied that they had indeed sent some previously, and that
they had also just given some to his wife Teresa whom they had met just
moments before. The couple also handed out individual cards to crowd
members attending the event, all of whom were excited that someone had
finally taken the initiative to create an item that both educated and
Lisa, who is an actress,
and Jerry, a disabled filmmaker, relocated from Chicago to Los Angeles
seven years ago to pursue their careers in entertainment. With presidential
campaigns spawning a cottage industry of activist related items designed
to endorse different candidates and agendas, they created their controversial
anti-conservative playing cards last year to also help spread political
awareness. They do all order fulfillment by themselves out of their
small office in Los Angeles. So far, they have sold more than 5,500
"Republican Chickenhawk" decks and are now filling orders
for the "Deck of Bush." With the information they contain
identifying the failures of the Bush administration, each card in the
deck references a news source backing up each fact.
"Both of our decks function
in the same way that the Pentagon's "Iraqi Most Wanted" cards
do, but in this case, they relate to conservative politicians and failed
presidential policies that effect citizens, children, veterans, and
the members of our armed forces." Jerry says. Every card contains
a quote or news item so that people can look up the facts themselves
and understand why this President and the representatives surrounding
him should not be re-elected."
The couple has also
begun documenting their efforts on video, hoping to collect enough footage
to produce a documentary about their experiences as they promote their
cards and interact with voters at rallies and other events thoughout
the election year.
The couple utilized the four
suits of the deck to identify the most pressing issues of the upcoming
"The Spades in the deck
reveal the President's alliance with the extreme right, special interests,
claims he served in the military when he was actually AWOL and the fiasco
in Florida where his allies helped seal his theft of the presidency. Hearts
describe Bush's budget slashes that effect children, families, veterans,
health care and the victimized families of 9/11. Diamonds recount the
cronyism, corruption and sweetheart deals granted to big campaign contributors
and corporate interests while U.S. citizens foot the tax burden. Clubs
cover the war in Iraq resulting in thousands of combined U.S. and Iraqi
casualties while the U.S. credibility hangs in the balance regarding the
unfound "Weapons of Mass Destruction." As for the Jokers, they
expose Bush's biggest failures regarding the "War on Terror"
and the security of all Americans.
"As the Pentagon's "Iraqi
Most Wanted" cards proved, there's no better way to "out"
the enemy than to depict it on a deck of cards," says Vasilatos.
"The playing card phenomenon has become a great way to educate
and inform people in an entertaining way. We believe our deck provides
a great resource for Democratic, Progressive and Moderate activists
to identify why regime change must begin at home this November, and
hope that they can help Senator Kerry's efforts at replacing President
Bush and restoring the honor and integrity of this country."
The "House of Cards:
Deck of Bush" can be viewed online at www.deckofbush.com.
The "Deck of Republican Chickenhawks" can be viewed online
Media Note: For more information,
sample card decks, or to schedule an interview, please contact Jerry
Vasilatos at: 323-468-8089.
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