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Bag’s Take-Away:A powerful pic buried under the pile of Ground Zero 9/11 memorial photos. As opposed to the pristine images of the gorgeous memorial, and the sense we’re making things all-better, newer and bigger-than-ever, this shot of ongoing construction presents a darker, grittier side, suggesting: if we don’t absorb deeper lessons about power, social development and the plight of our workers, here’s the picture.
From TIME 9/11 anniversary photo gallery.
(photo: ODED BALILTY / AP caption: Construction continues at Ground Zero in New York, Thursday, September 8, 2011.)
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)
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 )
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.)