An observer of the Washington cultural property scene makes an appeal for a wrong to be righted ( Brent Benjamin for CPAC!):
Now that the Saint Louis Art Museum has prevailed on appeal in its long running battle to save the Ka Nefer Nefer Mummy Mask for the good people of Saint Louis, MO, its high time for President Obama to right a wrong and reseat Saint Louis Art Museum Director Brent Benjamin on CPAC. Unfortunately, although President Bush appointed Benjamin to the post, the State Department never allowed him to serve, presumably because of pressure from the archaeological lobby and then Egyptian Antiquities Pharaoh Zahi Hawass.It's now time to stand up to outside interference with our affairs and right this wrong. Let President Obama reappoint Benjamin to CPAC at the earliest possible opportunity.