Faces of Bush

Bag’s Take-Away:

Different angles on photojournalism, and faces of Bush.

via:wsbtv photo-story.

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I was looking at the photos from the White House portrait unveiling yesterday, and how insightful a photo can be. Above we have Bush with Bush by AP’s Charles Dharapak. That’s the Bush we’re familiar with, the body language like a goof. He’s also looking washed out since the Oval Office days. Some might see evidence of hitting the sauce.

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In marked contrast, this is a quite a rare shot of Bush by AP’s Carolyn Kaster. It offers Dubya not only  not looking like a goof, but appearing reflective even, wistful. And where was he the whole time?

…Maybe there’s some recognition in Bush’s reaction about how portrait’s lie, the painting — representing a gravitas he never achieved — burying the smirk forever.

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Bag’s Take-Away:
Bush Advisor Karl Rove and former Bush Press Secretary Dana Perino on their way out of the Bush portrait unveiling at the White House yesterday. Is the best caption “I’ll be back!” or “Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.” Besides Perino captured as mad woman, it’s a flashback to the Bush bacchanal.
via India Times
(credit:AP Photo caption:  Former White House advisor Karl Rove, left, and former White House press secretary Dana Perino, right, are seen leaving the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 31, 2012, after attending the portrait unveiling ceremony for former President George W. Bush.)
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Bush Advisor Karl Rove and former Bush Press Secretary Dana Perino on their way out of the Bush portrait unveiling at the White House yesterday. Is the best caption “I’ll be back!” or “Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.” Besides Perino captured as mad woman, it’s a flashback to the Bush bacchanal.

via India Times

(credit:AP Photo caption: Former White House advisor Karl Rove, left, and former White House press secretary Dana Perino, right, are seen leaving the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 31, 2012, after attending the portrait unveiling ceremony for former President George W. Bush.)

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Bag’s Take-Away (on Dubya return to the White House for portrait unveiling):

Thought bubble: God, we survived! (See caption.)

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(photo: Reuters caption: Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush looks at the official program during the unveiling of the official White House portrait of his son, former U.S. President George W. Bush, in the East Room of the White House in Washington May 31, 2012.)

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Bag’s Take-Away (on Dubya return to the White House for portrait unveiling):

Thought bubble: God, we survived! (See caption.)

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(photo: Reuters caption: Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush looks at the official program during the unveiling of the official White House portrait of his son, former U.S. President George W. Bush, in the East Room of the White House in Washington May 31, 2012.)

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After the brouhaha in Columbia, is protection fading into the woodwork? I don’t know, it looks to me like an invitation to see this agent’s etchings will be immediately forthcoming.
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(credit:Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images caption:  A Secret Service Agent holds his tuxedo together as Marine One with US President Barack Obama lands on the South Lawn of the White House on May 8, 2012 in Washington. Obama was returning after traveling to upstate New York to speak about the economy.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

After the brouhaha in Columbia, is protection fading into the woodwork? I don’t know, it looks to me like an invitation to see this agent’s etchings will be immediately forthcoming.

via DayLife

(credit:Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images caption: A Secret Service Agent holds his tuxedo together as Marine One with US President Barack Obama lands on the South Lawn of the White House on May 8, 2012 in Washington. Obama was returning after traveling to upstate New York to speak about the economy.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
From the latest White House Flickr upload.
It’s a family White House. A security advisor carries a notebook with his child’s drawing on it while meeting with the Obama, himself seated at the  famous Kennedy desk.
via  White House Flickr
(credit: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo  caption: Denis McDonough, Deputy National Security Advisor, holds a binder with a note from his son as he and others brief President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, March 29, 2012.)
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From the latest White House Flickr upload.

It’s a family White House. A security advisor carries a notebook with his child’s drawing on it while meeting with the Obama, himself seated at the famous Kennedy desk.

via White House Flickr

(credit: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo caption: Denis McDonough, Deputy National Security Advisor, holds a binder with a note from his son as he and others brief President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, March 29, 2012.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
You don’t get these “Obama on the phone” photos (especially in the car) unless a big deal, “we’re on it” signal must be sent — as in, we’re doing serious damage control over the massacre by AWOL Army Sergeant in Kandahar. It also appears that he’s talking on a secure phone (as opposed to the one to his right).
via the White House Flickr Feed
(photo credit: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo caption:  President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai from his vehicle outside the Jane E. Lawton Community Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Sunday, March 11, 2012. The President called to express his shock and sadness over the reported killing of Afghan civilians.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

You don’t get these “Obama on the phone” photos (especially in the car) unless a big deal, “we’re on it” signal must be sent — as in, we’re doing serious damage control over the massacre by AWOL Army Sergeant in Kandahar. It also appears that he’s talking on a secure phone (as opposed to the one to his right).

via the White House Flickr Feed

(photo credit: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo caption: President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai from his vehicle outside the Jane E. Lawton Community Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Sunday, March 11, 2012. The President called to express his shock and sadness over the reported killing of Afghan civilians.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

It’s impressive how the White House handled Netanyahu this week, especially optically (versus all these other times). Rather than encourage blowback with the public finger-wagging of a year ago May, Obama treated the war drum-pounding PM with straight-faced respect in a White House video. In Monday’s White House “Photo of the Day,” however, the day Bibi was on premises, Obama and Sec. of State Clinton are confidently featured but the visit is ignored.

via: White House “Photo of the Day” - March 2012


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Bag’s Take-Away:

It’s impressive how the White House handled Netanyahu this week, especially optically (versus all these other times). Rather than encourage blowback with the public finger-wagging of a year ago May, Obama treated the war drum-pounding PM with straight-faced respect in a White House video. In Monday’s White House “Photo of the Day,” however, the day Bibi was on premises, Obama and Sec. of State Clinton are confidently featured but the visit is ignored.

via: White House “Photo of the Day” - March 2012

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Uploaded a few days before the latest GOP debate, this photo of Obama, looking large/strong, talking to the Egyptian Field Marshal with an aide in the foreground on her knees, makes for an interesting contrast with the picture being constructed by the GOP candidates of a timid, feckless President.

via:White House Flickr

(photo: Pete Souza/White House caption: Members of President Barack Obama’s national security team listen as he talks on the phone with Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi of Egypt in the Oval Office, Jan. 20, 2012. Pictured, from left, are; Larry Pfeiffer, Deputy Director, White House Situation Room; Caroline Atkinson, Senior Director for International Economics; Steve Simon, Senior Director for Middle East and North Africa; Brooke Anderson, NSS Chief of Staff and Counselor; and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon. )

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Uploaded a few days before the latest GOP debate, this photo of Obama, looking large/strong, talking to the Egyptian Field Marshal with an aide in the foreground on her knees, makes for an interesting contrast with the picture being constructed by the GOP candidates of a timid, feckless President.

via:White House Flickr

(photo: Pete Souza/White House caption: Members of President Barack Obama’s national security team listen as he talks on the phone with Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi of Egypt in the Oval Office, Jan. 20, 2012. Pictured, from left, are; Larry Pfeiffer, Deputy Director, White House Situation Room; Caroline Atkinson, Senior Director for International Economics; Steve Simon, Senior Director for Middle East and North Africa; Brooke Anderson, NSS Chief of Staff and Counselor; and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon. )

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Bag’s Take-Away:

 Re: David Axelrod’s canine TwitPic Romney slapdown. Once again, White House, itching for battle, squeezing every ounce of juice out of otherwise pretty bland Flickr upload — and reframing Obama in a bubble.

White House Flickr photo via @davidaxelrod


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Bag’s Take-Away:

Re: David Axelrod’s canine TwitPic Romney slapdown. Once again, White House, itching for battle, squeezing every ounce of juice out of otherwise pretty bland Flickr upload — and reframing Obama in a bubble.

White House Flickr photo via @davidaxelrod

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Bag’s Take-Away:
1. Out of Africa.
2. Well, if lesser actors like Bachmann, Cain and Perry think they belong there…
3. Always interesting to me how actors (and politicians) so quickly ferret out the camera.
4. Yesterday, Bag looked at the morphing of Streep-Thatcher. This is textbook example of celebrity-politics merger. It’s news photo editor porn.
via Reuters Editor’s Choice
(photo credit:  Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Pictures caption: Angelina Jolie is seen in the Oval Office during a meeting with President Obama before he departs for a day trip to Chicago, from the South Lawn of the White House, January 11, 2012.) 
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Bag’s Take-Away:

1. Out of Africa.

2. Well, if lesser actors like Bachmann, Cain and Perry think they belong there…

3. Always interesting to me how actors (and politicians) so quickly ferret out the camera.

4. Yesterday, Bag looked at the morphing of Streep-Thatcher. This is textbook example of celebrity-politics merger. It’s news photo editor porn.

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

(photo credit: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Pictures caption: Angelina Jolie is seen in the Oval Office during a meeting with President Obama before he departs for a day trip to Chicago, from the South Lawn of the White House, January 11, 2012.)

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