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Some thoughts on the latest White House Flickr upload (and an itchy Obama ‘12 team working the edges of the GOP campaign):
This photo was taken before Rand Paul’s airport TSA tantrum, but the key is in when Souza decided to post this otherwise unusable shot of “No drama, Obama” going through his own security.
The new meaning: “Now, was that so hard?’
via: WH Flickr
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Bag’s Take-Away:I think Newt Just Endorsed Obama.
And then, aside from the cheap feminizing of Mitt with the lips, seems like Romney actually looks (jaw, eyebrows all fleshy) … like Newt!
Bag’s Take-Away:I believe the photo shows the Obamas, right after the State of the Union, calling the parents of an American hostage rescued from Somalia. He may not have been able to mention the rescue in front of Congress during the SOTU (oh, damn), but look where he’s making his call: right in front of the Congress (on the wall)! Hilarious bit of manipulation.
(photo: Pete Souza/White House via Politico
Hilarious WAPO cover. If GOP insiders are panicking over Gingrich’s win, someone, somewhere must be having an opposite reaction. Or so it would seem.
—> UPDATE: Yeah, we’re wiping egg from our faces. Let us emphasize, though…. WAPO S. Carolina page may be fake, but it’s still hilarious.
The guy who made it — at least, I’m told.
Done in by: Andrew Sullivan.
(photo credit: Image via Facebook user Van Allen Plexico)
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Bag’s Take-Away:And no, it’s not the Kremlin….
With that backdrop and that expression (Romney hitting Obama in the debate the other night about all the golfing), I expect the GOP is gonna have a fun time with this.
(photo: Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images caption: The president speaks at Disney World to outline tourism strategy)
Photographer M. Scott Brauer is on the ground in New Hampshire for BagNews. We will be posting his images through the primary.
There have been a number of Occupy campaign protests in New Hampshire, but none that have captured much media attention (highlighting the question of Occupy’s impact now that we’ve crossed into ‘12). Still, this poster caught our eye. Besides packaging both parties into “all of the same,” the OR (no question mark) is a bold invitation to seek alternatives.
PHOTOGRAPH © M. Scott Brauer
Re: TMZ’s hidden camera shots of Obama football game on Hawaii beach:
1. 121 photo slide show (sandwiched with all those ads)? That’s some impressive click whoring. 2. Obama sans shirt not looking bad as compared to famous ‘08 surf shot. 3. Of course, the money pic, if you’re talking then-and-now, is #43, the near-face plant.
(photo: Anonymous, of course.
A fascinating look at Michelle from the the latest White House batch.
Speaks to: 1. How much she can command the center even in the background or off to the side. 2. On one level, yes, like any first lady, she’s also an ornament. But she’s also radiant, shimmering. The epitome of the holiday. 3. Then, picking up on the crossed legs, there are some relationship dynamics. As the caption below reveals, it’s not lost on the White House when Barack — admittedly, a little tied up as leader of the free world, but also a known wonk — keeps Michelle waiting.
(photo credit: Pete Souza/White House caption: Interrupting a Christmas holiday photo line, the president confers with Rob Nabors, assistant to the president for legislative affairs, about the latest developments in the payroll tax cut extension as the first lady waits in the background.)
From the latest White House Flickr upload. Though not mentioned anymore, this perfectly illustrates Obama’s “team of rivals” approach. You bang. I chill. Not sure he applies it as well, but it reminiscent of Phil Jackson’s method with the old Bulls and Lakers.
(photo credit: Pete Souza/White House caption: Usually the best moments at meetings are before and after the participants actually sit down. In this case, though, there was an interesting juxtaposition of gestures as the president and vice president met with the House Democratic leadership in the Oval Office.)
Closing out 2011, we’ve been looking at Al Jazeera’s “Top 10” Pix of the Year. In contrast to their nuanced take on the bin Laden killing, this was quite an interesting, call it “black-and-white” choice to represent Occupy Wall Street out of the trove of pictures available. Beyond the significance of the movement itself, it appears the editors looked at this shot — illuminating the white blue shirts, led by the white white shirt — leaving the conclusion (in America, at least): it’s the brown guy who gets it.
Also check out our take on the bin Laden photo, Osama-Obama: How Al Jazeera Framed the bin Ladin Erasure, over at The Bag.
(photo: Gallo/Getty caption: Occupy Wall Street: Anti-corporate protests began on New York City’s Wall Street, and quickly spread across to hundreds of other cities around the world.)