Cute kids are essential to any good propaganda campaign. Take little Sophie Cruz, who managed to hand-deliver her pro-amnesty letter to Pope Francis thanks to a trip to D.C. funded by immigration consultant Hermandad Mexicana Transnacional (a business whose owner was charged last month with practicing law without a license and failing to help her clients secure residency).

Speaking of propaganda, filmmaker Michael Moore has been vocal about Flint, Michigan’s water crisis, but he doesn’t quite cut the sympathetic figure that 8-year-old Amariyanna Copeny does.

At least it doesn’t smell like Michael Moore.

So, the president is finally visiting Flint this week, but White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Monday let reporters know that he wasn’t aware of any photo ops where Obama would gulp down a refreshing glass of Flint’s water.

It likely depends on if he’s thirsty or not … we’ll have to wait and see.

Frankly, it’s disappointing that the president hasn’t set up a photo op. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper took one for the team last August when he washed down an iodine tablet with the help of a glass of water scooped right out of the Animas River, into which the EPA had accidentally released millions of gallons of toxic wastewater, famously turning the river bright orange.