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 I’m having trouble imagining Kerry getting tough with anybody, so this photo caught my eye even though it’s most likely Kerry is describing his battle for a primo spot in the State Department parking garage.
via Getty Images
(Photo Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images caption:  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) talks to U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (R) after Kerry was sworn in during a ceremonial swearing in at the State Department February 6, 2013 in Washington, DC. Kerry was officially sworn in on February 1 at the U.S. Capitol as the 68th Secretary of State, succeeding Hillary Clinton.)
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I’m having trouble imagining Kerry getting tough with anybody, so this photo caught my eye even though it’s most likely Kerry is describing his battle for a primo spot in the State Department parking garage.

via Getty Images

(Photo Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images caption: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) talks to U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (R) after Kerry was sworn in during a ceremonial swearing in at the State Department February 6, 2013 in Washington, DC. Kerry was officially sworn in on February 1 at the U.S. Capitol as the 68th Secretary of State, succeeding Hillary Clinton.)

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 The concept of such military machismo on public display is somewhat alien to U.S. viewers. There’s an anime/cartoon quality to it – the musclemen, the weapons banners, the odd, only one-off symmetry. We should do this!
via Reuters Editor’s Choice
(credit: Sherif Abd Monam/Egyptian Presidency/Handout/Reuterscaption:  Soldiers perform during a ceremony, attended by Egypt’s new Islamist President Mohamed Mursi at the Egyptian military academy in Cairo July 17, 2012.)
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The concept of such military machismo on public display is somewhat alien to U.S. viewers. There’s an anime/cartoon quality to it – the musclemen, the weapons banners, the odd, only one-off symmetry. We should do this!

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

(credit: Sherif Abd Monam/Egyptian Presidency/Handout/Reuterscaption: Soldiers perform during a ceremony, attended by Egypt’s new Islamist President Mohamed Mursi at the Egyptian military academy in Cairo July 17, 2012.)

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After all those years of trying to make folks like her, Hillary Clinton finds that the path to people’s hearts lies through Notgivadamnistan. Who knew? Guess we did…

via Politico

(credit: AP Video caption: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wore some snazzy accessories at a swearing-in ceremony on Thursday. As a nod to her Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Mike Hammer – who loves the color purple – Clinton put on some purple and green cat-eye sunglasses, purple rings and a set of purple Mardi Gras beads before reading his oath.)

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Remember blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangchen? Romney used his departure from the U.S. embassy in Beijing to  declare a day of shame for the United States because the U.S. was too busy planning the Clinton/Geithner talks to keep him safe? Here he is with his family in Central Park.
Looking pretty safe to me.
via Zimbio
(credit: PacificCoastNews.com caption:  Chen Guangcheng, blind Chinese dissident, is seen enjoying a day at the park with his family in NYC. Chen, who is a self taught lawyer who is front and center in a diplomatic rift between China and the United States, seemed to be enjoying the sunlight - reportedly the first time his has sat in it for years. He was joined by his wife and children on the trip out in his wheelchair.)
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Remember blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangchen? Romney used his departure from the U.S. embassy in Beijing to declare a day of shame for the United States because the U.S. was too busy planning the Clinton/Geithner talks to keep him safe? Here he is with his family in Central Park.

Looking pretty safe to me.

via Zimbio

(credit: PacificCoastNews.com caption: Chen Guangcheng, blind Chinese dissident, is seen enjoying a day at the park with his family in NYC. Chen, who is a self taught lawyer who is front and center in a diplomatic rift between China and the United States, seemed to be enjoying the sunlight - reportedly the first time his has sat in it for years. He was joined by his wife and children on the trip out in his wheelchair.)

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TEXTS FROM HILLARY came and went, but it really didn’t end because the meme lives on. In the last few days, for example, the Tumblr electricity was captured and relayed through the wire photo from Cartegena above. But if Hillary’s the epitome of cool right now, the question is, why?

Well, for one reason, Hillary’s all that because she’s the biggest A-tier politician, public figure, and cultural celebrity in this PR-driven, me-me-me culture right now who could care less about the attention. She’s everywhere because she doesn’t seem ego-invested. (Otherwise, this wouldn’t be funny).

Remember the utopian vision of the Obama campaign and the early days of the Administration — that Washington would lay down the switchblades and embark on a new “post-partisan” era? The dream might have been blown to bits in an instant, except that, after one of the most epic political brawls in history, fueled by race, gender and a previous Presidential legacy, Hillary kept faith with it.

And, how many ways has the State Department gig played a role in the Tumblr phenomenon?

First off, the Secretary of State position is a solemn one and Hillary, mindful of the propriety, has managed to keep her head down (in contrast to all the pols in town who relate to his or her position as a personal vehicle). Second, whereas Condi floundered in the job for years with hardly anything non-self promotional to show for it, Hillary has helped heal America’s neocon-induced international alienation (and the Gaddafi and bin Laden erasures haven’t hurt her either). Third, a more procedural point but a significant one: holding the State Department job means Hillary cannot do any electioneering. The fact that she’s been depoliticized, especially in an election year, has put her a quantum leap above the fray.

And then, the fact she insists she’s not running for president again (and who in our narcissistic culture with similar assets wouldn’t start to salivate over the brass ring?) is again très cool.

Finally, let’s not overlook the gender dimension. As females are being rolled like bowling balls in the direction of every possible oncoming bus, how rare is it to find a woman in the political sphere (keep your pants on, Weiner) who can’t be f-cked with?

(credit: photo 1 AFP caption: Just hours after attending Saturday’s official dinner for the heads of state and government attending a 34-nation Latin American summit in the Colombian tourist resort of Cartagena, Clinton, pictured here on April 15, was seen partying in a nearby nightclub. Pictures of Clinton’s happy moment went viral, the second time in a week that her fun side has become an instant hit on the Internet. photo 2: original photo Diana Walker for Time.)

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Actualizing what was once just a feminist plot concept, this VII slideshow of “Hillary’s Angels” by Stephanie Sinclair, features the female security team assigned to Sec. Clinton. This shot, in particular, riffs off the logo from the original show. If the women played along with some of these scenes, I still wouldn’t want to get on anyone’s bad side. 

VII Slideshow.

(photo: Stephanie Sinclair caption: Members of Clinton’s security detail do drills at their training facility in West Virginia.)
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Actualizing what was once just a feminist plot concept, this VII slideshow of “Hillary’s Angels” by Stephanie Sinclair, features the female security team assigned to Sec. Clinton. This shot, in particular, riffs off the logo from the original show. If the women played along with some of these scenes, I still wouldn’t want to get on anyone’s bad side.

VII Slideshow.

(photo: Stephanie Sinclair caption: Members of Clinton’s security detail do drills at their training facility in West Virginia.)

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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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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 post by Prof. Karrin Anderson is kicking up a lot of dust.  Anderson starts off: “I’m no Bachmann apologist, but I am concerned about a troubling trend in which political women are critiqued as crackpots and lambasted as lunatics.” Michelle Malkin responded to the post with a tweet saying: “I’d rather have ‘crazy eyes’ than willfully blind ones.”

I’m not sure why she was so defensive, though, when the “Girls Gone Mad” post is actually sympathetic to her.
(see: “Girls Gone Mad: the Wild-Eyed Lunacy of Bachmann, Palin, Pelosi, Clinton … Etc.).
(photo credits: Bachman “Batshit Crazy”: Image by PunditKitchen.com via PoliticalTramp; Bachmann and Batboy: (no image credit) via MaxDad; Bachmann for President demotivational poster via eforwards; Palin demotivational poster: Image by zirgar.blogspot.com)
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Bag’s post by Prof. Karrin Anderson is kicking up a lot of dust.  Anderson starts off: “I’m no Bachmann apologist, but I am concerned about a troubling trend in which political women are critiqued as crackpots and lambasted as lunatics.” Michelle Malkin responded to the post with a tweet saying: “I’d rather have ‘crazy eyes’ than willfully blind ones.”

I’m not sure why she was so defensive, though, when the “Girls Gone Mad” post is actually sympathetic to her.

(see: “Girls Gone Mad: the Wild-Eyed Lunacy of Bachmann, Palin, Pelosi, Clinton … Etc.).

(photo credits: Bachman “Batshit Crazy”: Image by PunditKitchen.com via PoliticalTramp; Bachmann and Batboy: (no image credit) via MaxDad; Bachmann for President demotivational poster via eforwards; Palin demotivational poster: Image by zirgar.blogspot.com)

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Although I don’t crop as a rule, the importance of the viral/historic White House “bin Ladin raid” photo deserves an exception. Key leaders with everything on the line. #2 Hillary Clinton. 


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(photo: crop via Pete Souza/White House caption: (partial caption: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011.)
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Although I don’t crop as a rule, the importance of the viral/historic White House “bin Ladin raid” photo deserves an exception. Key leaders with everything on the line. #2 Hillary Clinton. View original in incremental sizes.

(photo: crop via Pete Souza/White House caption: (partial caption: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011.)

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