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May 25, 2007

Your Turn: All In The Family

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White House caption:

Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne Cheney, welcomed their sixth grandchild, Samuel David Cheney, Wednesday, May 23, 2007. He weighed 8 lbs., 6 oz and was born at 9:46 a.m. at Sibley Hospital in Washington, D.C. His parents are the Cheneys’ daughter Mary, and her partner, Heather Poe.

Original image here.

(image: David Bohrer/White House. whitehouse.gov)

  • Bruce O

    What a CUTE li’l bastard!

  • dhfsfc

    I just experienced something new. My stomach turned at the sight of a newborn! Wow!

  • reb in NC

    The flowers in the foreground cover the flames and the sulphurous fumes.

  • margaret

    Coming: a snark. [A sharksnark]This baby was conceived just like the female shark we just heard about who doesn’t need a male to make a baby. The grandparents are justifiably proud.

  • croatoan

    I’m confused. Doesn’t Sammy have two mommies? Why aren’t they in the picture?

  • CheneyLine

    Margaret: Not parthenogenesis. Maybe we’re seeing the daddy right here.

  • http://www.livejournal.com/users/vicfitz82 Victor F

    yeah, where are the parents? They didn’t want to be in the photo? Huh, imagine that.

  • Northern Observer

    Gay rights for me but not for thee, cause we gots money.

  • tina

    poor little guy. Never felt more sorry for a kid. Well, I guess he’ll at least have lots an’lots of money…which along with his family will undoubtedly combine to make him the most insufferable little monster at boarding school.

  • tina

    poor little guy. Never felt more sorry for a kid. Well, I guess he’ll at least have lots an’lots of money…which along with his family will undoubtedly combine to make him the most insufferable little monster at boarding school.

  • defarge

    The image of a perverse Holy Trinity.

  • KingElvis

    Is this Cheney’s only grandchild? He looks genuinely pleased, but even while smiling he’s still sort of snarling.
    The photo is an embodiment of the ‘perfect world’ the GOP stands for being literally an impossible world.
    Cheney’s rich and white, but his family is ‘degenerate.’ If even Cheney doesn’t make the GOP grade, who really does?

  • Peter

    They’re in suits, holding a baby.

  • HeavyJ

    They really should not be left around the child unsupervised. I’d much prefer Ruth Gordon and Sidney Blackmer from Rosemary’s Baby.

  • lytom

    What about the children who are now homeless, or without parents, grandparents and extended families, without the food and basic medical care!
    All thanks to cheney and co.!
    Do they really have feelings or is it only for “their own?”

  • http://www.woodka.com donna

    I’ll actually comment on the picture itself. NOrmally, when you see people with a newborn, they are looking at the BABY, not the camera. I have the sweetest picture of my hubby with our firstborn in one arm and a teddy bear in the other, lovingly staring at the new love of his life.
    The grandparents, smiling smugly at the camera, without the parents included, is increibly offensive to me. NOt because of who they are or who the parents are, but because it simply isn’t normal.
    These people are disgusting.

  • Glen Tomkins

    Where are the parents?
    Intentional or not, the non-appearance of the parents in this picture is clearly its most striking feature. It’s possible that this was not an intentional exclusion, and that the past practice of the VP’s press operation, when his previous two grandchildren, born to his heterosexual daughter during his Vice-Presidency, was also to release only photos of the VP and his wife with the newborn, and not any showing the parents as well. But those births weren’t considered news, and photos of those children, if there were any released, never received wide distribution. Which leaves us with the question of why the parents are not in this picture.

  • http://pranna.com Gasho

    eh, he looks human to me. I’m guessing that he’s not particularly proud, but he has to put on the happy face for what looks to be an official photo for the WH website.
    I wonder, though, if putting on a human face for a second actually turns his stomach. What do they call it in psych-speak: cognitive dissonance?

  • Kevin

    Funny…. she doesn’t look anything like Faye Dunaway…..That bastard on the right would probably take great pleasure in having another dick’s nose cut open…….

  • Kevin

    Funny…. she doesn’t look anything like Faye Dunaway…..That bastard on the right would probably take great pleasure in having another dick’s nose cut open…….

  • Kevin

    Funny…. she doesn’t look anything like Faye Dunaway…..That bastard on the right would probably take great pleasure in having another dick’s nose cut open…….

  • Kevin

    Damn you type pad

  • Debbie

    That innocent (for now) baby made his evil, soulless, black-hearted, bloated, cholesterol-clogged grandfather “smile.” The flowers are the prettiest thing in the picture.

  • Anon

    I did a quick astro chart – an aggressive little bully with five planets in fire signs and a domal Mars in 9th. Leo rising, Aries mid heaven – another war czar in the making.

  • Enoch Root

    Cut them some slack, man. It’s their grandkid, and I think they’re genuinely happy. Darth Vader once knew happines…. Er, ahem.
    And if the picture had the parents, the snark would be even more protracted, and there’d be the little baby enmeshed in an infamous picture.
    They’re looking at the camera because it’s obviously posed. It’s not candid. If it were candid, it would be creepy if they weren’t looking at the baby.

  • mugatea

    Blue tie event for sure.
    Privileged child. He will be able to grow up saying, “I still live with my moms” and have it be grammatically correct.
    Big congrats to all happy parents!

  • weisseharre

    1st2nd-3rd-congerats

  • http://www.fromthearchives.blogspot.com Megan

    Their house looks like a hotel room.

  • 14All

    I see a touch of genuine joy in there. How couldn’t there be–he *is* their new grandchild. If only they could feel any emotion for anyone who isn’t a relative.
    But I do, like tina, think he’ll grow up “the most insufferable little monster at the boarding school.” That was an incredibly funny comment, BTW.

  • Karen

    Ever notice how rarely Dick Cheney shows his teeth when he smiles? How rarely he looks at ease?

  • jtfromBC

    ‘All In The Family’ got me to thinking of Archie who was a hell of a lot more delightful, wise and a far superior actor than the VP. I don’t care much about the photo one way or another, I suspect Dick was present and smiling because he was told to be there.
    I have first hand knowledge of two private schools which might challenged the assumption that Cheney, Samuel David might be “the most insufferable little monster at the boarding school” that is after a month or so.
    I have met some delightful individuals spawned from monster parents and vice versa. I don’t think money will protect David from some predicable types of slings and arrows.

  • Kitt

    Please don’t make me look.

  • ummabdulla

    I really couldn’t care less about these people, but it is strange for a baby picture, because the baby is the last thing you focus on, and even then you can’t really see him. The first thing that catches my attention is the brightly-colored flower arrangement, then my eyes travel up to Dick Cheney’s hand, and then either to the lamp or to Lynne’s hand… then their heads, which is something I don’t want to dwell on for long… then the corner of the picture frame. When I do finally get to the baby, I can’t see much. So it’s a picture of them more than it’s a picture of the baby.
    Where was is taken? I assumed it was in the hospital somewhere.

  • tina

    For the poster who asked, the Cheneys now have six grandchildren.
    Ummabdulla is right, the focus isn’t on the baby and that’s whats throwing us off. The Cheneys are not proudly displaying him in the way we are used to. It’s more a photo of them.
    The room looks like a hotel room, only the frame on the wall seems like a large, gilded affair…so maybe it’s their home. Many of the very rich live in conventional, sterile hotel-room like environments that are almost completely devoid of personal touches (I keep thinking of the Christmas card of Cheney’s house). I don’t know why this is; one millionaire rapper while showing off a Rolls-Royce that had mink upholostry (sp?) said “It’s all about making statements”, which would jive with the other one I’ve heard “It’s all about winning” or “It’s all about keeping score”. Maybe having your own taste and preferences and a willingness to express them gets in the way of making the big statement. If so that’s kind of sad. Even the rapper must have seen that the fur all over the inside of that car was just damn ugly looking. The rich are slaves to their god Mammon. Oh well. I don’t feel sorry for them. They can walk away if only they would. I know people who have done it.
    Sorry end of rant.

  • Leona

    Godspeed, little babe.

  • nuncamas

    The first part that really attracted my attention was Lynne Cheney’s talon-like hands on the baby blanket. I can’t disrespect an older person’s hands’ appearance, as hands show age more than almost any other body part. But her grip looks just freaky and, knowing what kind of person she’s shown herself to be, malevolent.

  • ummabdulla

    nuncamas, I didn’t want to mention how the Cheneys’ hands looked either – in terms of being old – but it’s hard not to notice them, because they’re in the center of the picture.

  • LC

    I’m surprised nobody’s mentioned it (though the poster who alluded to Rosemary’s Baby came close) but we surely are witnessing the arrival of the Antichrist. My proofs:
    1) It clearly is a virgin birth: Mary Cheney is un-married, and being a modern Republican, there can be no doubt whatsoever that she’s been saving herself and her precious hymen for her future hubby; hence she is a virgin; hence the child is a miracle.
    2) It clearly can’t be the second coming of Christ: I mean, look is is holding the kid…
    3) Ergo, it can only be the Antichrist.
    It all makes sense now.

  • Samantha

    I didn’t think anything of the photo. It looks normal to me. I think it is from inside the hospital. It looks like a hasty pic, taken in a boring way by some official photographer who is trying to frame the picture using standard foreground/background rules, with the stupid flowers in front and the lamp in the back.
    The Cheneys seem pretty happy.
    The caption that went with it seemed a little strange to me. But I guess the “partner” thing goes along with the “wife” thing at the beginning. In all the formality, they fail to mention Mary’s last name. It’s certainly not Poe. I try to imagine how that paragraph would read if Mary was married to an actual man. Maybe something like this:
    “Vice President Dick Cheney and Lynne Cheney welcome Samuel David Cheney, son of their daughter Mary Cheney Ellingsworth and Cprl. Chad Ellingsworth of the US Air Force, Wednesday, May 23, 2007. This is the Ellingsworth’s first child. Samuel Ellingsworth was born at Sibley Hospital at 9:46 a.m. and weighed 8 lbs., 6 oz.”
    Now isn’t that how it was supposed to go? lol.
    In any event, it does seem to me they are claiming the baby as Mary’s and not really focusing on that Poe woman, who is, what again, her partner?

  • 14All

    LC, maybe it is the second coming of Christ, and having the Cheneys for grandparents is his martyrdom.

  • http://home.comcast.net/~sfs73/index.html MonsieurGonzo

    Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name עִמָּנוּ אֵל.
    :15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
    :16 For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.

  • Kitt

    OhMiGawd….someone pointed this photo as being on the official White House page and it’s even larger than on ‘The Bag’s’ page, along with this caption: ” Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne Cheney, welcomed their sixth grandchild, Samuel David Cheney, Wednesday, May 23, 2007. He weighed 8 lbs., 6 oz and was born at 9:46 a.m. at Sibley Hospital in Washington, D.C. His parents are the Cheneys’ daughter Mary, and her partner, Heather Poe. White House photo by David Bohrer.”
    I think this has been asked before…does Cheney have teeth? He doesn’t show any when ’smiling.’
    They’re even uglier up close. And now we can the appeal on that poor baby’s face – ‘get me the hell outta here or put me back!’

  • Zach

    So that’s what they were talking about in The Handmaid’s Tale. It all makes sense now.

  • Newton Snookers

    Dick Cheney thought bubble: “Hmm. I guess I’ll find out soon whether they taste like chicken or not. Wonder if I can get the pay-per-view rights if I eat it live on cable? I bet Scooter’d know…”

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