Who is in charge of the optics here?
It was a rather odd sight: as an array of museum officials, including former first lady Laura Bush, took up shovels at the groundbreaking for the first national museum dedicated exclusively to African-American history and culture, the nation's first black president sat watching, no shovel in hand.
There is an explanation:
Smithsonian spokeswoman Linda St.Thomas issued a statement saying shoveling was "intended for members of the Smithsonian family — senior staff and members of the museum’s council. Former first lady Laura Bush joined the groundbreaking as she is a member of the museum’s advisory council."
So why did Barack and Michelle agree to this?