Arnold's Potemkin Pothole
That's what Cory at BoingBoing is calling it. Governor Schwarzenegger apparently had a road crew dig a hole in a San Jose street, which he later filled while being filmed by news crews. Witnesses say a large group of workers showed up early, put on their fresh new vests, and proceeded to dig up a section of the street, which the actor/politician later filled during the staged press event.
The City of San Jose reportedly paid for the work. The mayor's director of communications is quoted as saying the governor's event involved "not exactly filling a pothole, but it represented the pothole aspect". Got that? It wasn't a pot hole, but a representation of one.