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White House Photo of the Day: “It’s Their Economy, Stupid.”
The context: The perception of slow but moderate economic growth in the U.S. took a hit with last Friday’s jobs report, leaving the Obama Administration and the Obama campaign casting about for an explanation that doesn’t sound like blaming Congress.
The choice of this photo of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, along with two of the Obama Administration’s top international economic affairs experts, briefing the president on Europe’s economic woes is an interesting one. How often does a White House publish a photo that projects an inability to fix a problem? Seems to me that’s exactly what this Pete Souza photo does and exactly what it’s meant to do. A photo that screams “Here’s what it is and there’s not much we can do about it.” Underlying message? On further reflection (pun intended) don’t blame us.
via The White House Photo of the Day
(credit: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo  caption:  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner speaks during a meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, June 4, 2012. Mike Froman, Deputy National Security Advisor for International and Economic Affairs, and Lael Brainard, Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, are seated next to Secretary Geithner.)
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White House Photo of the Day: “It’s Their Economy, Stupid.”

The context: The perception of slow but moderate economic growth in the U.S. took a hit with last Friday’s jobs report, leaving the Obama Administration and the Obama campaign casting about for an explanation that doesn’t sound like blaming Congress.

The choice of this photo of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, along with two of the Obama Administration’s top international economic affairs experts, briefing the president on Europe’s economic woes is an interesting one. How often does a White House publish a photo that projects an inability to fix a problem? Seems to me that’s exactly what this Pete Souza photo does and exactly what it’s meant to do. A photo that screams “Here’s what it is and there’s not much we can do about it.” Underlying message? On further reflection (pun intended) don’t blame us.

via The White House Photo of the Day

(credit: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo caption: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner speaks during a meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, June 4, 2012. Mike Froman, Deputy National Security Advisor for International and Economic Affairs, and Lael Brainard, Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, are seated next to Secretary Geithner.)

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I haven’t been following events in Hungary and, knowing nothing about its current political scene, my reaction to this photo is on the visual merits only. 
Hungary’s new president stands before the parliament that voted him into office after the former president resigned. Relatively young, appropriately stressed, standing alone in his ill-fitted suit, he conveys an everyman image even as he does something extraordinary. A nice photo that delivers a side of common gravitas with its pomp and circumstance. 
via Wall Street Journal Photos of the Day
(photo: Laszlo Beliczay/MTI/Associated Press caption: FRONT AND CENTER: Janos Ader took his oath as president of Hungary during a swearing-in ceremony in Hungarian Parliament in Budapest Wednesday. Parliament elected him to a five-year term by a vote of 262-40.)
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I haven’t been following events in Hungary and, knowing nothing about its current political scene, my reaction to this photo is on the visual merits only.

Hungary’s new president stands before the parliament that voted him into office after the former president resigned. Relatively young, appropriately stressed, standing alone in his ill-fitted suit, he conveys an everyman image even as he does something extraordinary. A nice photo that delivers a side of common gravitas with its pomp and circumstance.

via Wall Street Journal Photos of the Day

(photo: Laszlo Beliczay/MTI/Associated Press caption: FRONT AND CENTER: Janos Ader took his oath as president of Hungary during a swearing-in ceremony in Hungarian Parliament in Budapest Wednesday. Parliament elected him to a five-year term by a vote of 262-40.)

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One of the major and most serious developments in news gathering over these past few years has been the targeting of photojournalists by police. It’s not often, though, we get visuals of it. Photos like this one from Portugal, of an attack on an AFP photographer, are important to be seen to raise the awareness of press freedom and “visual rights” especially in the this age of crackdowns against social media-infused protests.
via  Reuters Photos Editor’s Choice
( credit: Hugo Correia/Reuters caption:  A policeman strikes AFP photojournalist Patricia Melo during the Portuguese general strike in Lisbon March 22, 2012. Portugal faces a general strike by workers angered by austerity measures imposed as a condition of a 78-billion euro bailout last year but doubts remain as to whether Thursday’s stoppage will receive widespread support.) 
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One of the major and most serious developments in news gathering over these past few years has been the targeting of photojournalists by police. It’s not often, though, we get visuals of it. Photos like this one from Portugal, of an attack on an AFP photographer, are important to be seen to raise the awareness of press freedom and “visual rights” especially in the this age of crackdowns against social media-infused protests.

via Reuters Photos Editor’s Choice

( credit: Hugo Correia/Reuters caption: A policeman strikes AFP photojournalist Patricia Melo during the Portuguese general strike in Lisbon March 22, 2012. Portugal faces a general strike by workers angered by austerity measures imposed as a condition of a 78-billion euro bailout last year but doubts remain as to whether Thursday’s stoppage will receive widespread support.)

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The World in Two Balconies: Emerging China, Declining Greece.

via Reuters, Editor’s Choice

(Credits: Photo 1, Aly Song/Reuters caption: A worker climbs a ladder next to a mannequin during the China International Wedding Expo in Shanghai February 15, 2012. The expo will allow exhibitors to highlight their products, high-level equipment and the world’s wedding photography trends, plus the exchange and trade between the domestic and overseas wedding industries; Photo 2, Panayiotis Tzamaros/Reuters caption: An employee of the Workers Housing Organization threatens to jump from the office where she worked because her wage has been cut and she and her husband were threatened with layoffs, in Athens February 15, 2012. Workers Housing Organization is a state owned company that is on the list of state entities that may be shut down to cut costs under the terms of the new 130-billion-euro ($170 billion) bailout agreement with the European Union and International Monetary Fund.)

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Italy’s new welfare minister breaks down as she announces austerity measures and is unable to say the word “sacrifice.” She has a future. Maybe. But what a gift to her boss.  I won’t go into the gender politics of Monti having to step in and provide the word “sacrifice,” what matters to me is that the government bought at least temporary immunization from the type of public sentiment demonstrated in Greece.

(photo 1: abc news photo 2: Zuma Press caption:  Italy’s welfare minister, Elsa Fornero, started crying as she spoke during a press conference Sunday on the country’s new austerity package. Prime Minister Mario Monti and his government were outlining a new three-year, €30 billion ($40.17 billion) austerity plan.) 
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Italy’s new welfare minister breaks down as she announces austerity measures and is unable to say the word “sacrifice.” She has a future. Maybe. But what a gift to her boss. I won’t go into the gender politics of Monti having to step in and provide the word “sacrifice,” what matters to me is that the government bought at least temporary immunization from the type of public sentiment demonstrated in Greece.

(photo 1: abc news photo 2: Zuma Press caption: Italy’s welfare minister, Elsa Fornero, started crying as she spoke during a press conference Sunday on the country’s new austerity package. Prime Minister Mario Monti and his government were outlining a new three-year, €30 billion ($40.17 billion) austerity plan.)

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It’s the picture, and backstory, we’re seeing next-to-none of in the States. On the one hand, Europe to be commended for standing up to Gaddafi at expense of opening up immigrant floodgates. On other hand, how much did Sarkozy’s need to look like a hero in taking on Gaddafi (with his fortunes flagging and elections coming up) set up possible Euro anti-immigrant backlash for years to come?


(photo: Filippo Monteforte/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images caption: A boat carrying Tunisian migrants arriving at a port on Lampedusa, an Italian island, on Tuesday. Since January, 23,000 migrants have landed in Italy.)
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It’s the picture, and backstory, we’re seeing next-to-none of in the States. On the one hand, Europe to be commended for standing up to Gaddafi at expense of opening up immigrant floodgates. On other hand, how much did Sarkozy’s need to look like a hero in taking on Gaddafi (with his fortunes flagging and elections coming up) set up possible Euro anti-immigrant backlash for years to come?

(photo: Filippo Monteforte/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images caption: A boat carrying Tunisian migrants arriving at a port on Lampedusa, an Italian island, on Tuesday. Since January, 23,000 migrants have landed in Italy.)

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