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March 12, 2007

The Two Sides Of Bush In Colombia


Laura and the Children


Between the Waters



Colombia’s Honour Guard Meets the Secret Service



Falling For You



Generation Next

1. Laura/Kids

U.S. First Lady Laura Bush shows a book to children during her visit to Rafael Pombo’s library in Bogota, Sunday, March 11, 2007. (AP Photo/William Fernando Martinez)

Colombian demonstrators clash with anti-riot police after the arrival of U.S. President George W. Bush in Bogota, Colombia, March 11, 2007. (Daniel Munoz/Reuters)

2. Water

President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush participate in an arrival ceremony with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and his wife Lina Moreno at Casa de Narino in Bogotá, Colombia, Sunday, March 11, 2007. White House photo by Eric Draper

Security personnel for U.S. President George W. Bush and Colombia’s President Alvaro Uribe keep watch during the arrival ceremony for Bush in Bogota, Sunday, March 11, 2007. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)

Colombian anti-riot police spray water at demonstrators after the arrival of U.S. President George W. Bush in Bogota, Colombia, March 11, 2007. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz (COLOMBIA)

3. Honour Guard

Colombia’s Guard of Honour and the Frisking of the Guard of Honour

A Colombian military honour guard lines the route taken by U.S. President George W. Bush’s motorcade on his way to an arrival ceremony at the Plaza de Amas of the Narino Palace in Bogota, Colombia, March 11, 2007. REUTERS/Jason Reed (COLOMBIA)

A US Secret Service agent (R) frisks a Colombian member of the Guard of Honour, prior to the arrival of US President George W.Bush at Catam military airport in Bogota. Bush visited Colombia Sunday in a show of support for the conflict-torn US ally, as violent protests continued to mark his goodwill tour of Latin America.(AFP/Carlos Julio Martinez)

4. Falling

U.S. President George W. Bush, center, watches students dance during a performance during his visit to Meninos do Morumbi, Friday. March 9, 2006 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Demonstrators protesting against the visit of US President Bush charge on riot police officers in Bogota, Sunday, March 11, 2007. (AP Photo/Roger Triana)

5. Gen Next

U.S. President George W. Bush hugs a young musician after he took part in a drum-driven Brazilian musical beat during his visit to Meninos do Morumbi, a youth community center, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 9, 2007. REUTERS/Jason Reed (BRAZIL)

Colombian demonstrators run during clashes with anti-riot police after the arrival of U.S. President George W. Bush in Bogota March 11, 2007. REUTERS/Carlos Duran (COLOMBIA)

  • mugatea

    The book Mrs. Bush is reading is about a kitten attempting to obtain the full moon because s/he thinks it’s a big bowl of milk. On the page she has open the kitten has just jumped from a tree into a pond – going after the moon’s reflection. Only to come up empty pawed, feeling wet and cold. The kitten eventually heads home where there is a nice bowl of milk on the doorstep.
    Illustrated in one color, black on white paper.
    It’s a Caldecott. ‘Kitten’s First Full Moon’.

  • tina

    Jeeeeeeezus, Laura Bush looks more and more like Batman’s “The Joker” all the time. Of course the Joker was also a victim of botched plastic surgery, according to his backstory.
    She’s holding up a picture of a drowning cat…great. perfect. Those kids will be having nightmares for years to come.
    As for the rest of the pictures, what to say? Nice contrast. But our Prez didn’t see these protests and will never acknowledge their existence.
    The only positive of the riots that follow Bush everywhere is that it eventually becomes so expensive and troublesome to host him that nobody wants him around. When he went to Mainz, Germany for a few hours the whole city had to almost shut down for three days. He threw Islamabad into turmoil and gridlock for a week, and again, he was only there for hours. That sort of thing costs the public money, and even dictators and lesser potentates get sick of it.
    Maybe even eventually Americans will decide it would be nice to have a well-liked and respected President.

  • lytom

    El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido.
    That is what comes to my mind.
    Don’t they realize that they are guarding and welcoming the potentate with evil designs to control their country?

  • Eric

    this is a fascinating collection — but I wonder which images won the day — and where. Anyone keeping an eye of the Latin American press?

  • Mona

    The caption under Laura’s picture should read: “And this is what happens to you when you disobey Papa Doc!”

  • tina

    The huge security contigent that attends Bush is not an inevitablity. Past presidents have done without it and even–gasp–been accessible to the people! I think it’s important that we remember this. Whenever I see W’s sprawling personal security apparatus I’m reminded of paranoid and deluded dictators. Ick.

  • margaret

    Excellent series of pictures. Laura looks like the cat, except for the eyebrows.
    The soldiers being frisked have expression of barely-contained dismay at the insult…after all, it’s their country and they are sworn to defend and protect. What if German or English or French secret service personel frisked American marines standing as honor guard for their representatives in a comparable Washington ceremony? It wouldn’t happen, would it. Just more of American arrogance, and a further reason why people riot in the streets when our dignitaries pay a visit. I am so ashamed of this callous disregard for other countries and their governments.

  • donna

    “I am so ashamed of this callous disregard for other countries and their governments.”
    I would be happy if the Bush administration would simply respect The United States’ government. That would help. A lot.

  • lowly grunt

    THe kitty is scared about what’s going on just under his nose. Look at the size of the rock being lobbed!
    On another note, Raw Story has a video of Bush, Laurabot, and Condibot getting jiggy. I couldn’t bring myself to watch it so it probably isn’t fair to foist in on anyone else, but there you go. You have been warned.
    Also, Dependable Renegade has some South America photos, too. THis administration just makes me weary and that is bad. It could be their intention; wear down resistance and then move everyone with power and wealth overseas before getting arrested.
    Oh, wait.

  • Rafael

    No it would not, as personal experience would attest to.
    I had served, along some other Law Students, as a volunteer for ex-President Fox on his last visit to the U.S. (he was touring Mid-West states like Michigan, where many immigrants work the farms in the summer). One of the complaints from the Mexican security detail was how they bent over backwards for Bill Clinton when he visited Mexico but how their host, two secret services agents out of Chicago (not out of Washington) where less than responsive. An attitude I can attest to since I served as translators and observed their patronizing and condecending attitude toward their Mexican counterparts.
    On discussing a particularly sticking point between the Americans and the MExicans the Secret Service agents said “Well its what we do when Vice President Chenney comes to town.”
    To wit I thought, its not the same, this is THEIR president, then again….

  • ummabdulla

    I saw a clip on the news of Condi dancing – what was the event again? I’ll admit that I was never any good at dancing, but she was pretty pathetic.
    Most of the news coverage I saw of Bush’s trip (on the BBC or Al-Jazeera English) showed Bush and then Hugo Chavez, who was dogging him everywhere he went. Chavez looked like he was having a great time – looking comfortable in his red shirt and pulling in big, friendly crowds while he insulted Bush.

  • Vay Porloc

    In Mainz, Germany they welded all the city’s man-holes shut, and sent the police into the homes of people who disobeyed orders and went to their own windows. America teaching fascism to the Germans. Scary.

  • chowhound

    Did all of these countries invite Bush and crew, or did he just announce he was dropping in and to get the usual protective measures in place? How can someone who cares so little for his own citizens advocate a compassionate plan for a country which the U.S. has largely ignored?

  • jtfromBC

    An Orwellian moment or as Jon Stewart (Comedy Hour) would say “here’s our moment of zen” as we observe Columbia’s honor guard being frisked by GWB’s henchmen.
    In fairness to “W” this could have happened to JFK and every US president, all things being equal, George is but the latest straw on the back of more obstreperous donkeys and reinvigorated lamas and their peasant owners reclaiming land and resources from foreign owners, oligarchy’s and the latafundia.
    An adventure in wonderland, the standard child photo op of librarian Laura.
    After introducing adult America to Noam Chomsky will that madman Hugo Chavez be lecturing on ‘The Boston Tea Party’ next ?

  • MonsieurGonzo

    i don’t get the mashup, BAGman; i mean, sure ~ you’ve gone sans text interpretation, but now you seem to be creating your own visual context FRAMEs…
    …and that seems limited to projecting a personal kinda angry nihilism-?
    => Talk Radio : “Liev Schreiber plays “Barry Champlain”, an abusive radio talk-show host in a revival of Bosogian’s (1987) “Talk Radio” : an incisive study of the pathology of fame and what happens to a man who sees himslef reflected and distorted in the eyes of multitudes…”
    Talk Radio” does have a plot of sorts that is intended to motivate Barry’s breakdown. His station executive (played with knife-edged corporate blandness by the excellent Peter Hermann) tells Barry that he has aroused the interest of producers who want to take his show national. This night’s performance will determine his future.
    Adding to the pressure are two co-workers — a longtime friend (Michael Laurence) and a recent lover (Stephanie March) — whom he has shut out from his life and who want readmittance…
    … But Barry’s real connection, and the source of the play’s tastiest dialogue, is with his unseen callers, embodied by a host of protean performers who become a babel of disparate voices, from a white supremacist to an obsessive cat lover. There is also the woman who is afraid of her garbage, whose monologue of fear provides a backdrop for the show’s most ingenious theatrical scene…
    …one of these voices materializes in person toward the end. That’s the young stoner named [Monsieur]Kent (the compellingly hyper Sebastian Stan), who provides the one instance when Barry is compelled to engage, instead of dismiss, another person in the flesh.
    Watch how amused contempt shades into appalled dismay on Mr. Schreiber’s face, as Barry listens to this babbling hedonist. It’s Dr. Frankenstein looking at his monster! From that moment Barry’s defenses are down. And Mr. Schreiber, with surgical finesse, delivers the frightening and illuminating vision of a man without his skin.
    xxx ooo

  • Mad_nVT

    No photos of “Yanqui go home” ??

  • NoContest

    I’ve always wondered why none of the guards, parade participants, formation honoree’s —
    Of all the 10’s of thousands that attend bush’s functions and ceremonies, why NONE of them, not one ever broke rank and attempted to off him.
    I know the thought has crossed the mind of probably every single person….. What if? Would i be a hero, would I be a martyr, would I be demonised or lionized ,,,, — look at me now, I alone, uniquely have the chance,…..
    Now I know – they are friskhed and scanned and strip searched and monitored at the cost of 10’s of millions of dollars per event.
    Not advocating, not instigating, ….. just analyzing and intuiting.
    Peace out-

  • Vigilante

    This post was a Bush full of laughs!

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  • Gasho

    Laura must have scared the hell out of those kids. Her blood red lips make her look like a vampire and this particular picture reeks of the Katrina disaster.
    “See” she said, “we let our citizens drown if they don’t have enough money to bribe my husband’s friends.”

  • noen

    Colombia’s Honour Guard Meets the Secret Service
    The exaggerated depth of field of first picture in this group makes them look like toy soldiers.
    Falling For You
    Laura is sooo pliant, sooo submissive. She looks to me like a bitch offering her throat to her pack’s alpha male. “Oh, look at the pretty ethnics”
    Generation Next
    Does GW only hug small nonthreatening blacks? Yet another “Bush hugging a poor black”. Just how many are there? Wouldn’t it be interesting to put them all side by side?

  • lowly grunt

    There is video that accompanies “Falling for You” that is a sight to behold. I had a chance to go look and declined because I LIKE dancing and fun, but I accidentally got a glimpse on TV news the other night. OY!
    Anyhoo, look closely at Laura and George in that picture. When I first saw it, I thought she was gently encouraging him to go join the dancers who may be asking him to; can’t quite tell from their postures – am inferring from the dancing/party atmosphere of the photo.
    But then I looked again and wonder if I might have been mistaken. Laura looks like she is gently RESTRAINING the pres who looks like he is hell-bent to join the party. I suppose I should just go watch the video and see for myself but I still just can’t quite let my enjoyment of music, dancing, and fun be sullied like that…

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