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What’s remarkable about yesterday’s White House “Photo of the Day?”
Nothing. …Except that, on the day Gaddafi was killed, the Libyan’s spontaneously celebrated their liberation from forty years of deranged rule and the Administration could claim another major erasure off the “deadly enemies and dreaded evil dictator’s list,” the PR machine was touting a routine and completely unrelated award ceremony in the Blue Room.
On the one hand, you can call that “the Obama cool.” On the other hand, you know he’d be crucified for grandstanding.
(photo: Pete Souza/White House caption: President Barack Obama greets the 2011 Presidential Citizens Medal recipients in the Blue Room of the White House prior to a medal ceremony in the East Room, Oct. 20, 2011. The Citizens Medal, the nation’s second-highest civilian honor, recognizes Americans who perform “exemplary deeds of service.”)
Bag’s Take-Away:Ben Ali, Muammar and Hosni last October — just ahead of “the Spring.” Should have checked their horoscopes.
(photo: DPA caption: By 2010, Gadhafi was one of the longest-serving despots on the African continent. Here, he is seen with Tunisian ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak in October 2010. Both of them were toppled in mass protests earlier this year.)