Bag’s Take-Away:

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?

Also see:
The “Most Different” News Photos from 9/11 Commemoration. #1: “Salam”
  

(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)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

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?

Also see:

The “Most Different” News Photos from 9/11 Commemoration. #1: “Salam”

(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)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Perhaps the NYT would argue the print ads were necessary to subsidize their impressive special 9/11 section, “The Reckoning,” but the commercialization of the tragedy by way of full-page “remembrance” ads, especially by defense contractors, such as Lockheed Martin and Boeing, which profited so handsomely from the “War on Terror,” is really disturbing. 

If the Lockheed Martin ad copy is also a little ambiguous, no surprise. It reads: "September 11, 2001 changed us forever. We carry on, but our hearts will never forget."

I guess “carrying on” is another way to describe the $3 trillion dollar tab for the Iraq adventure, in particular. (For checking figures, look no further than the article in “The Reckoning” insert on the cost of 9/11.)

The Boeing ad here
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Bag’s Take-Away:

Perhaps the NYT would argue the print ads were necessary to subsidize their impressive special 9/11 section, “The Reckoning,” but the commercialization of the tragedy by way of full-page “remembrance” ads, especially by defense contractors, such as Lockheed Martin and Boeing, which profited so handsomely from the “War on Terror,” is really disturbing. If the Lockheed Martin ad copy is also a little ambiguous, no surprise. It reads:
"September 11, 2001 changed us forever. We carry on, but our hearts will never forget."
I guess “carrying on” is another way to describe the $3 trillion dollar tab for the Iraq adventure, in particular. (For checking figures, look no further than the article in “The Reckoning” insert on the cost of 9/11.)

The Boeing ad here .

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On 9/11 anniversary at Ground Zero, it’s not just Michelle fixing Barack’s tie, its also the symmetry with the Bush’s, and how Michelle, square to camera, in such a personal and caretaking gesture (especially in comparison to Laura, both now and as First Lady), has so much more feel. Not America’s Mom, or anything so contrived, but someone (who we could have used in the role ten years ago!) much more attendant and real. 

This kind of tending to Barack, by the way, speaks to the concern she seemed to be feeling at the end of his jobs speech to Congress on Thursday, especially against such strong political headwinds. 

via NY Mag.

(photo: Getty Images )
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On 9/11 anniversary at Ground Zero, it’s not just Michelle fixing Barack’s tie, its also the symmetry with the Bush’s, and how Michelle, square to camera, in such a personal and caretaking gesture (especially in comparison to Laura, both now and as First Lady), has so much more feel. Not America’s Mom, or anything so contrived, but someone (who we could have used in the role ten years ago!) much more attendant and real.

This kind of tending to Barack, by the way, speaks to the concern she seemed to be feeling at the end of his jobs speech to Congress on Thursday, especially against such strong political headwinds. via NY Mag.

(photo: Getty Images )

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Now that’s classy. Sunday Times does cover story on Trade Center jumpers. Takes “9/11 overkill” to whole new level. 

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Now that’s classy. Sunday Times does cover story on Trade Center jumpers. Takes “9/11 overkill” to whole new level.

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Bag’s Take-Away:

On one level, the only difference is geometry. But then…

(photo 1: Spencer Platt/Getty Images caption: An American flag hangs from a building at the World Trade Center site on August 22, 2011 in New York City. New York City and the nation are preparing for the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan which resulted in the deaths of 2,753 people in the attacks on the World Trade Center.photo 2: Reuters caption: An American flag flies near the base of the destroyed World Trade Center in New York, in this file photo from September 11, 2001.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

On one level, the only difference is geometry. But then…

(photo 1: Spencer Platt/Getty Images caption: An American flag hangs from a building at the World Trade Center site on August 22, 2011 in New York City. New York City and the nation are preparing for the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan which resulted in the deaths of 2,753 people in the attacks on the World Trade Center.photo 2: Reuters caption: An American flag flies near the base of the destroyed World Trade Center in New York, in this file photo from September 11, 2001.)

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