This site contains images and excerpts the use of which have not been pre-authorized. This material is made available for the purpose of analysis and critique, as well as to advance the understanding of political, media and cultural issues. The ‘fair use’ of such material is provided for under U.S. Copyright Law. In accordance with U.S. Code Title 17, Section 107, material on this site (along with credit links and attributions to original sources) is viewable for educational and intellectual purposes. If you are interested in using any copyrighted material from this site for any reason that goes beyond ‘fair use,’ you must first obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The “Most Different” News Photos from 9/11 Commemoration. #2: “Grief Meets Political Celebrity”
Of the 1000 or so newswire photos of the 9/11 memorial ceremony I looked at, almost every one is profoundly somber, the grief of the families searing through everything. That’s why I thought these two photos were especially unusual. I didn’t see this in the photos of Obama or Bush with the families (and I know, both personally and professionally, how transient grief is), but in these two shots, at least, it was jarring to see how, in the presence of Mrs. Clinton, she wasn’t catering to them, but rather, these 9/11 family members suddenly shifted into fans.
Sad to think, but in 2011 America, does that count for empathy, too?
(photos: Pool/Getty Images caption:U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton poses for a photograph prior to the tenth anniversary ceremonies of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center site September 11, 2011 in New York City. The nation is commemorating the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and one crash landed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania)