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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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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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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:

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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 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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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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 The media (justifiably) goes after Romney for taking the day off yesterday, the newly-minted candidate not only choosing not to acknowledge Labor Day (maybe he thought he was snubbing the union movement?). Rather than lying low and just doing a b-b-q, however, he’s out doing the boating/yachting thing. Like the vacation over Fourth of July while Obama bypassed Camp David or Martha Vineyard for campaigning on Main Street, Romney’s response (as it was at the time) is that he’s earned his vacations. Anyway, it’s belaboring the obvious to say that yesterday’s optics are terrible — especially since that’s the way my local news channel framed it. It’s like Romney is doing to himself what it took Rove to do to Kerry in 2004 … in framing a tall, handsome dude as extremely rich, out of touch, and a man of expedience: Same tune, different body of water.
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The media (justifiably) goes after Romney for taking the day off yesterday, the newly-minted candidate not only choosing not to acknowledge Labor Day (maybe he thought he was snubbing the union movement?). Rather than lying low and just doing a b-b-q, however, he’s out doing the boating/yachting thing. Like the vacation over Fourth of July while Obama bypassed Camp David or Martha Vineyard for campaigning on Main Street, Romney’s response (as it was at the time) is that he’s earned his vacations. Anyway, it’s belaboring the obvious to say that yesterday’s optics are terrible — especially since that’s the way my local news channel framed it. It’s like Romney is doing to himself what it took Rove to do to Kerry in 2004 … in framing a tall, handsome dude as extremely rich, out of touch, and a man of expedience: Same tune, different body of water.

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Okay, that’s probably the best piece of political merch I’ve ever seen.

via: Yahoo

(photo: Rick Wilking/Reuters caption: A woman holds up a souvenir coffee mug printed with U.S. President Barack Obama’s birth certificate for sale at the site of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina September 1, 2012. The convention opens September 3, 2012.)

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Okay, that’s probably the best piece of political merch I’ve ever seen.

via: Yahoo

(photo: Rick Wilking/Reuters caption: A woman holds up a souvenir coffee mug printed with U.S. President Barack Obama’s birth certificate for sale at the site of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina September 1, 2012. The convention opens September 3, 2012.)

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On a wave and a prayer? Given his anti-government mantra, you’ve got to love the irony of all these otherwise-tragic photos of Louisiana flood victims shot from Romney’s motorcade. Talk about up shit’s creek without a paddle. 

via Instagram: @maevereston

(photo: Maeve Reston/LA Times via Instagram - @maevereston caption: A man and woman in a canoe wave to Romney’s motorcade as he surveys Hurricane Isaac damage in Louisiana)

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On a wave and a prayer?

Given his anti-government mantra, you’ve got to love the irony of all these otherwise-tragic photos of Louisiana flood victims shot from Romney’s motorcade. Talk about up shit’s creek without a paddle.

via Instagram: @maevereston

(photo: Maeve Reston/LA Times via Instagram - @maevereston caption: A man and woman in a canoe wave to Romney’s motorcade as he surveys Hurricane Isaac damage in Louisiana)

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Because the GOP and the party platform have such an intimate connection with women and their inner lives.


via: Photos: Republican National Convention 2012 (TIME)

(photo: ANDREW HINDERAKER / FOR TIME caption: Spectators listen during Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s speech at the RNC in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 29, 2012.

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Because the GOP and the party platform have such an intimate connection with women and their inner lives.

via: Photos: Republican National Convention 2012 (TIME)

(photo: ANDREW HINDERAKER / FOR TIME caption: Spectators listen during Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s speech at the RNC in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 29, 2012.

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Could you see anyone inviting this comparison? Could you see Romney under there? It’s the reason he hardly even mentions Reagan.
via: Photos: Republican National Convention 2012 (TIME)
(photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP / GETTY IMAGES.)
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Could you see anyone inviting this comparison? Could you see Romney under there? It’s the reason he hardly even mentions Reagan.

via: Photos: Republican National Convention 2012 (TIME)

(photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP / GETTY IMAGES.)

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