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July 31, 2006

Special (Photo) Ops

Bush-Coast-Guard

If you’ve been following the wires, the tactic of surrounding Bush with service men and women has reached almost manic proportions.  It’s one thing to put Dubya on a chow line, but this shot — taken yesterday during a “visit” with the US Coast Guard in Miami — hardly pretends to be incidental.

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Let’s line up those war props — uh, I mean crewmen — then have the commander-in-cheese do a runway walk down the broom-swept dock doing his old “smoke ‘em out of their holes” strut.  Shoot it from a low vantage so that Everyman — with the rolled-up shirtsleeves — looks as big as the ship.  Make him perfectly centered with the bridge and lined-up with the vertical red stripe to connote the utmost symmetry (cognitively contradicting the fact that absolutely nothing lines up anymore).  Have him move left-to-right, as if he’s always transitioning from the past, yet always  (only) halfway.

But next time, kill that self-conscious business with the lips.  It clashes with the upward (optimistic), far-off (has the “vision thing”) look.

(…Oops, and there is an American flag.  It’s in the insignia — close to the real power!)

(revised for clarity: 7:20 am 8/1/06)

(image : Paul J. Richards/AFP – July 31, 2006.  Via YahooNews.)

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