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The still poignant but also familiar photo of the low wage worker sweeping up the campaign venue before or after the hoopla goes down. #TwoAmericas

via: Reuters

(photo: Adrees Latif/Reuters caption: A woman cleans the floor near the stage at McCormick Place, the site for U.S. President Barack Obama’s post election speech, in Chicago, Illinois November 6, 2012. Obama congratulated Republican rival Mitt Romney on Tuesday for running a hard-fought race for the White House and expressed confidence he would win re-election during a stop at a local campaign office to thank volunteers. linked photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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The still poignant but also familiar photo of the low wage worker sweeping up the campaign venue before or after the hoopla goes down. #TwoAmericas

via: Reuters

(photo: Adrees Latif/Reuters caption: A woman cleans the floor near the stage at McCormick Place, the site for U.S. President Barack Obama’s post election speech, in Chicago, Illinois November 6, 2012. Obama congratulated Republican rival Mitt Romney on Tuesday for running a hard-fought race for the White House and expressed confidence he would win re-election during a stop at a local campaign office to thank volunteers. linked photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Bag’s Election Day Take-Away:

One of the more poignant pics of the day (and a large focus of media coverage): voting in Queens by flashlight.

via:MSNBC

(photo: Jason Decrow / AP caption: Election workers help a voter, right, finalize his affidavit ballot at a consolidated polling station for residents of the Rockaways on Election Day, on Tuesday, in the Queens borough of New York.)

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Bag’s Election Day Take-Away:

One of the more poignant pics of the day (and a large focus of media coverage): voting in Queens by flashlight.

via:MSNBC

(photo: Jason Decrow / AP caption: Election workers help a voter, right, finalize his affidavit ballot at a consolidated polling station for residents of the Rockaways on Election Day, on Tuesday, in the Queens borough of New York.)

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Before the Campaign ‘12 results come in this evening, I want to pay my respects to one of America’s finest editorial photographers. I’m constantly taken by his ability to capture meanings on multiple levels. Take his images from candidate Romney’s final blitz, for example. On face value, Stephen Crowley is merely offering glimpses into stagecraft and campaign ephemera. Look further though, and the photos are silent editorials, even essays about the candidate, his personality and political culture.

I want to touch on a few of Crowley’s images that appeared in yesterday’s New York Times slideshow entitled: “To the White House? Or Home to Massachusetts?” as Crowley sees Mitt back to the land of the 1%.

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I don’t really know how to put this in words, but something about these two late October photos in the same Reuters slide show struck me as cementing conceptions of the two candidates for president. Romney alone and waiting, the focus on the man waiting for the verdict. A woman with her back to him, but every other human nearly incorporeal. He’s the only real solid in the photo. A lonely solid. If I could paint, this could be my portrait of him.

In the other photo; Obama is embraced by a man who seems almost humbled by the president’s attention: he’s hugging Obama in an intent if awkward manner, his arm solidly around the president’s waist. His fellow fire fighters smiling at his vulnerability and the interaction. Again, if I could paint, this could be my portrait — not of the president, but of his emotional impact. I don’t know why or how Obama engenders this dynamic, but it is genuine and evident in this photograph.

via Reuters Obama vs. Romney Slide Show

(Top Photo Credit: Bryan Snyder/Reuters caption: Staff members are reflected off the window of the room as Mitt Romney works before a campaign rally in North Canton, Ohio October 26, 2012. Bottom Photo Credit: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters caption: President Obama hugs a fire fighter who offered up a game of basketball during a visit to a fire house in Tampa, Florida October 25, 2012.)

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In terms of the longer term status of NY, one of the most incisive Sandy photos I’ve seen. 


via:Sacramento Bee photoblog

(photo: Craig Ruttle/AP caption: Joseph Leader, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Vice President and Chief Maintenance Officer, shines a flashlight on standing water inside the South Ferry 1 train station in New York, N.Y., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The floodwaters that poured into New York’s deepest subway tunnels may pose the biggest obstacle to the city’s recovery from the worst natural disaster in the transit system’s 108-year history.)

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In terms of the longer term status of NY, one of the most incisive Sandy photos I’ve seen.

via:Sacramento Bee photoblog

(photo: Craig Ruttle/AP caption: Joseph Leader, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Vice President and Chief Maintenance Officer, shines a flashlight on standing water inside the South Ferry 1 train station in New York, N.Y., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The floodwaters that poured into New York’s deepest subway tunnels may pose the biggest obstacle to the city’s recovery from the worst natural disaster in the transit system’s 108-year history.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Born in the USA: Pic of Obama w Bruce on election eve has decide Guthrie feel to it. 

via:Reuters Election Gallery


(photo: Jason Reed/Reuters caption: U.S. President Barack Obama is introduced by musician Bruce Springsteen during an election campaign rally in Madison, Wisconsin, November 5, 2012. )

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Born in the USA: Pic of Obama w Bruce on election eve has decide Guthrie feel to it.

via:Reuters Election Gallery

(photo: Jason Reed/Reuters caption: U.S. President Barack Obama is introduced by musician Bruce Springsteen during an election campaign rally in Madison, Wisconsin, November 5, 2012. )

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Bag’s Take-Away:

More graffiti from the Cairo embassy. This is fascinating in its ambiguity. With the appended “r ur,” it’s suggesting that (in attacking the compound) the Muslim’s are masters over the West and create their own destiny. The word in black, however, is not so far from “monsters.”

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(photo: Ed Giles/Getty Images caption: An Egyptian riot policeman stands guard in front of United States Embassy, the morning after it was vandalised by protesters during a demonstration on Septmebr 12, 2012 in central Cairo, Egypt. Protests are continuing in front of the US Embassy in Cairo, one day after thousands of Egyptians demonstrated at the Embassy compound. Protesters on Tuesday gathered to demonstrate against a US-made film said to be defaming the Prophet Mohammed, whose trailer had recently been released on Youtube and translated into Arabic. Protesters breached the walls of the Embassy compound and removed the American flag from a flagpole, replacing it with a black flag associated with Jihadi Islamist groups. Christopher Stevens, a State Department officer at the consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, died in an a later attack along with three other embassy staff after violence erupted over the film. According to an unnamed official the four died after gunmen fired rockets at them.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

More graffiti from the Cairo embassy. This is fascinating in its ambiguity. With the appended “r ur,” it’s suggesting that (in attacking the compound) the Muslim’s are masters over the West and create their own destiny. The word in black, however, is not so far from “monsters.”

via:

(photo: Ed Giles/Getty Images caption: An Egyptian riot policeman stands guard in front of United States Embassy, the morning after it was vandalised by protesters during a demonstration on Septmebr 12, 2012 in central Cairo, Egypt. Protests are continuing in front of the US Embassy in Cairo, one day after thousands of Egyptians demonstrated at the Embassy compound. Protesters on Tuesday gathered to demonstrate against a US-made film said to be defaming the Prophet Mohammed, whose trailer had recently been released on Youtube and translated into Arabic. Protesters breached the walls of the Embassy compound and removed the American flag from a flagpole, replacing it with a black flag associated with Jihadi Islamist groups. Christopher Stevens, a State Department officer at the consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, died in an a later attack along with three other embassy staff after violence erupted over the film. According to an unnamed official the four died after gunmen fired rockets at them.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

The morning after: the appropriative power of graffiti.

(photo: Ed Giles/Getty Images caption: Egyptian workers walk past the outer wall of the United States Embassy, the morning after it was vandalised by protesters during a demonstration on Septmebr 12, 2012 in central Cairo, Egypt. Protests are continuing in front of the US Embassy in Cairo, one day after thousands of Egyptians demonstrated at the Embassy compound. Protesters on Tuesday gathered to demonstrate against a US-made film said to be defaming the Prophet Mohammed, whose trailer had recently been released on Youtube and translated into Arabic. Protesters breached the walls of the Embassy compound and removed the American flag from a flagpole, replacing it with a black flag associated with Jihadi Islamist groups. Christopher Stevens, a State Department officer at the consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, died in an a later attack along with three other embassy staff after violence erupted over the film. According to an unnamed official the four died after gunmen fired rockets at them.)

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The morning after: the appropriative power of graffiti.

(photo: Ed Giles/Getty Images caption: Egyptian workers walk past the outer wall of the United States Embassy, the morning after it was vandalised by protesters during a demonstration on Septmebr 12, 2012 in central Cairo, Egypt. Protests are continuing in front of the US Embassy in Cairo, one day after thousands of Egyptians demonstrated at the Embassy compound. Protesters on Tuesday gathered to demonstrate against a US-made film said to be defaming the Prophet Mohammed, whose trailer had recently been released on Youtube and translated into Arabic. Protesters breached the walls of the Embassy compound and removed the American flag from a flagpole, replacing it with a black flag associated with Jihadi Islamist groups. Christopher Stevens, a State Department officer at the consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, died in an a later attack along with three other embassy staff after violence erupted over the film. According to an unnamed official the four died after gunmen fired rockets at them.)

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 More evidence of Romney/Ryan running on nostalgia as The National Review goes for a WPA theme.
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More evidence of Romney/Ryan running on nostalgia as The National Review goes for a WPA theme.

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 Interesting that the rest of the Obama family watched Michelle’s convention speech in The Treaty Room. As we wrote about the speech in our post today, Michelle Obama with the Sound Off, her mission was nothing short of updating the American people on the Obama’s 2008 contract of hope with the goal of reengagement. By the way, here’s an earlier Bag post on the painting above the Obamas’ heads.
via The White House Flickr Feed
(credit: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo caption:  President Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, watch on television as First Lady Michelle Obama begins her speech at the Democratic National Convention, in the Treaty Room of the White House, Tuesday night, Sept. 4, 2012.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

Interesting that the rest of the Obama family watched Michelle’s convention speech in The Treaty Room. As we wrote about the speech in our post today, Michelle Obama with the Sound Off, her mission was nothing short of updating the American people on the Obama’s 2008 contract of hope with the goal of reengagement. By the way, here’s an earlier Bag post on the painting above the Obamas’ heads.

via The White House Flickr Feed

(credit: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo caption: President Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, watch on television as First Lady Michelle Obama begins her speech at the Democratic National Convention, in the Treaty Room of the White House, Tuesday night, Sept. 4, 2012.)

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