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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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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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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From the latest White House Flickr upload…

 Apparently, Obama and Biden have different arms suppliers

…One more thing: if you check out the caption, Souza is getting downright conversational. (Could be time of year? Social media consulting advise?)


(photo: Official White House Photos by Pete Souza and David Lienemann caption: June 11, 2011
“The top photograph shows the President having a water gun fight with his daughter Sasha on her birthday weekend at Camp David. Unbeknownst to me, David Lienemann captured a similar photo of the Vice President on the very same day.”)
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From the latest White House Flickr upload…

Apparently, Obama and Biden have different arms suppliers

…One more thing: if you check out the caption, Souza is getting downright conversational. (Could be time of year? Social media consulting advise?)

(photo: Official White House Photos by Pete Souza and David Lienemann caption: June 11, 2011 “The top photograph shows the President having a water gun fight with his daughter Sasha on her birthday weekend at Camp David. Unbeknownst to me, David Lienemann captured a similar photo of the Vice President on the very same day.”)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Another interesting pic from the latest White House Flickr batch. Call it:  Australia waiting in the wings. Three days before Obama announced that American troops would be stationed in Australia, we get this picture from the APEC summit in Honolulu. It’s a nice shot simply for the fact that Australia’s President  Prime Minister Gillard is incidental to the two leaders in the foreground, and wasn’t mentioned in the caption.  (Beware the “boy’s club” accusations.) I also wonder if Hu knew about the upcoming announcement at this point. And then, how rare is it to see Obama with a closed fist?


(photo: Pete Souza/White House caption: resident Barack Obama talks with President Hu Jintao of China at the conclusion of a meeting during the APEC summit in Honolulu, Hawaii, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011. )
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Bag’s Take-Away:

Another interesting pic from the latest White House Flickr batch. Call it: Australia waiting in the wings. Three days before Obama announced that American troops would be stationed in Australia, we get this picture from the APEC summit in Honolulu. It’s a nice shot simply for the fact that Australia’s President Prime Minister Gillard is incidental to the two leaders in the foreground, and wasn’t mentioned in the caption. (Beware the “boy’s club” accusations.) I also wonder if Hu knew about the upcoming announcement at this point. And then, how rare is it to see Obama with a closed fist?

(photo: Pete Souza/White House caption: resident Barack Obama talks with President Hu Jintao of China at the conclusion of a meeting during the APEC summit in Honolulu, Hawaii, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011. )

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Tags #Obama    #photography    #Pete Souza    #White House    #Australia    #White House Flickr    #Hu    #Gillard    #APEC    #photojournalism   

Bag’s Take-Away:

"It’s not about me, Steve."

As Obama obsesses over his legacy and his standing among the pantheon of great presidents, he makes it all-too-easy to look at this new photo on the WH Flickr stream as presenting a forced choice between Lincoln and MLK.

Transcript of 60 Minutes interview.

(photo: Pete Souza/White House caption: President Barack Obama talks with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in the Oval Office, Nov. 1, 2011. )
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Bag’s Take-Away:

"It’s not about me, Steve."

As Obama obsesses over his legacy and his standing among the pantheon of great presidents, he makes it all-too-easy to look at this new photo on the WH Flickr stream as presenting a forced choice between Lincoln and MLK.

Transcript of 60 Minutes interview.

(photo: Pete Souza/White House caption: President Barack Obama talks with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in the Oval Office, Nov. 1, 2011. )

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Bag’s Obama-Dalai Lama Take-Away:

I give White House a B-/C+ ….
1. Score points for one more photo-op with cultural rock star.
2. Lose points for photo-op with someone the Obamantagonists will see (like Obama) as foreign, anti-Christian.
3. Compared to the open Dalai Lama, Obama (crossed legs, cocked arms) looks pretty tight.
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P071611PS-0064:
President Barack Obama meets with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama in the Map Room of the White House, Saturday, July 16, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

Bag’s Obama-Dalai Lama Take-Away:

I give White House a B-/C+ ….

1. Score points for one more photo-op with cultural rock star.

2. Lose points for photo-op with someone the Obamantagonists will see (like Obama) as foreign, anti-Christian.

3. Compared to the open Dalai Lama, Obama (crossed legs, cocked arms) looks pretty tight.

whitehousephotostream:

P071611PS-0064:

President Barack Obama meets with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama in the Map Room of the White House, Saturday, July 16, 2011.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

(Source: , via matthewkeys)

Bag’s Take-Away:

In case there’s doubt in anyone’s mind (as Campaign ‘12 approaches), Obama intends to control the narrative.


(photo: Pete Souza/White House caption: President Barack Obama jokingly pretends to tape White House Videographer Arun Chaudhary backstage before a town hall meeting at ElectraTherm, Inc. in Reno, Nev., April 21, 2011.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

In case there’s doubt in anyone’s mind (as Campaign ‘12 approaches), Obama intends to control the narrative.

(photo: Pete Souza/White House caption: President Barack Obama jokingly pretends to tape White House Videographer Arun Chaudhary backstage before a town hall meeting at ElectraTherm, Inc. in Reno, Nev., April 21, 2011.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
A clever, simple and impressively non-verbal representation of the Administration’s approach to the Egypt crisis. While Obama talks with Mubarak, a static event, the troika in the distance communicates much more than the fact the Administration is paying heed. It also emphasizes how much they’re staying flexible. 
(photo: Pete Souza via The White House Flickr stream). caption: President Barack Obama talks on the phone with President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt in the Oval Office, Jan. 28, 2011. Vice President Joe Biden listens at left, and the President’s National Security team confer in the background. 
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Bag’s Take-Away:

A clever, simple and impressively non-verbal representation of the Administration’s approach to the Egypt crisis. While Obama talks with Mubarak, a static event, the troika in the distance communicates much more than the fact the Administration is paying heed. It also emphasizes how much they’re staying flexible. 

(photo: Pete Souza via The White House Flickr stream)captionPresident Barack Obama talks on the phone with President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt in the Oval Office, Jan. 28, 2011. Vice President Joe Biden listens at left, and the President’s National Security team confer in the background. 

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