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November 26, 2008

Holiday Study In Contrast

Bush WH Turkey.jpg
Obama Thanksgiving 08.jpg

It's all about setting a tone.

Image 1: Bush gathers with children and National Turkey Federation officials as he pardons "Pumpkin", the 2008 Thanksgiving turkey, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden. Washington. November 26, 2008. Jim Watson/AFP – Getty.

Image 2: Obama passes out food at a food bank with his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha for Thanksgiving during surprise visit to St. Columbanus Parish and School. Chicago, Illinois, November 26, 2008. November 26, 2008. Jason Reed/Reuters.

  • http://profile.typekey.com/[email protected]/ DennisQ

    Bush won’t give out free turkeys for Thanksgiving because he doesn’t want to harm people’s incentive. Hussein-Obama, Muslim socialist that he is, doesn’t mind contributing to the primary factor in America’s downfall, too many people looking for something for nothing. Thank God for George Bush! Come January 20th, the scoffers will start to miss him.

  • ice weasel

    I wish I could write satire that well.

  • jonst

    Notice how everybody’s eyes in the Bush photo are on the turkey, or Bush. (pardon the colloquial reference but ‘yeah, I know, is there a difference between Bush and a Turkey?’) except Bush’s. His eyes are right on the cameras. Ok, why not at this point? He knows how to play this game, anyway. Whatever else he does NOT know how to do well. Still, it struck me. He knows a photo op when he see/plans one. Few people could play a phony as comfortable, with such natural ease, as George W Bush. You have to give him.

  • goliathwithim

    “…nowi(laime)down2’s leap”(roflol)

  • timolo

    Bush/CEO – The decider. A ridiculous, over-hyped photo-op of a decision signifying god like power. We are the turkeys.
    Obama/Community Organizer – Effecting real change and touching peoples lives. Working with his wife, teaching his children to give back to the community. Unfortunately too many people this year are standing in these lines.
    This year I am thankful for Rudy Guiliani. While there were many moments during the campaign one of my favorites was during Rudy’s stand-up routine at the RNC. Have you and your audience realized this “experience” is what allowed him to “organize” 50 states.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • McNeal

    The authenticity of the Obama picture is something we’ve almost become accustomed to, but by far the most chilling about this picture is the ‘ominous’ ‘white’ ’secret service’ man in the background. He isn’t part of the picture, but in a sense he is a symbol, he’s the one that brings the picture back to the reality of it all. He stands for the reason why we are looking at this picture in the first place.
    I can’t find better words to express myself, but I find it a confronting.

  • http://www.nocaptionneeded.com Lucaites

    Michael: I think you missed the real story here:
    http://www.theonion.com/content/video/in_thanksgiving_tradition_bush

  • Stella

    I think it’s really all about empathy. One look at that poor “Pumpkin’s” face, and I know exactly how he feels.

  • Karen

    I think it’s kind of funny that the only white person in the Obama photo is charged with protecting the Obamas. Sometimes the visual overwhelms the reality by just pointing at it.

  • Karen

    oops, I missed the white woman at Obama’s side. Sometimes the visual overwhelms the reality by lack of attention.

  • elfpix

    Don’t kid yourselves. There was work to be done there and all Barack did was shake hands and smile. Check out the video.

  • http://www.ninaberman.com nina berman

    John, the onion link is hilarious. Thank you. Michael, are you sure the turkey shown up top is real? Remember this?
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/12/04/politics/main586761.shtml

  • T.

    I looked at President Bush and thought, “What an unserious man! Did we really elect him?” By all indications, this photo being no exception, President Bush has checked out. He looks tired. I feel exhausted just looking at him. He seems to be just biding his time. He seems disconnected from the bird that he is touching. His presence at the pardon seems to be obligatory. At this point, he appears to be the president in name only. I feel for him on some level. When he thinks of his short-term legacy, does it keep him awake at nights?
    And as I watched Mr. Obama this week, I wondered out loud, to nobody in particular, “Should we start a countdown of his first 100 days now?” January 20th cannot come soon enough. His demeanor in the photo above is reassuring in these troubled times. “Help is on the way!”, it says. And that is exactly what he is doing. Giving thanks with his family by lending a helping hand. What a precedent that is being set by our next president!
    T.
    ps. I hope I don’t screw up my post like I did the last time. My system is having occasional temper tantrums. Sorry.

  • T.

    I looked at President Bush and thought, “What an unserious man! Did we really elect him?” By all indications, this photo being no exception, President Bush has checked out. He looks tired. I feel exhausted just looking at him. He seems to be just biding his time. He seems disconnected from the bird that he is touching. His presence at the pardon seems to be obligatory. At this point, he appears to be the president in name only. I feel for him on some level. When he thinks of his short-term legacy, does it keep him awake at nights?
    And as I watched Mr. Obama this week, I wondered out loud, to nobody in particular, “Should we start a countdown of his first 100 days now?” January 20th cannot come soon enough. His demeanor in the photo above is reassuring in these troubled times. “Help is on the way!”, it says. And that is exactly what he is doing. Giving thanks with his family by lending a helping hand. What a precedent that is being set by our next president!
    T.
    ps. I hope I don’t screw up my post like I did the last time. My system is having occasional temper tantrums. Sorry.

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  • karen kleber

    How do you know that the white guy in the back is secret service? He could be an x Lehman exec standing in line for his turkey.

  • matt

    one of obama’s assets is his tremendous ability as an educator, a skill set he will most certainly need to draw from to guide the country through the coming difficult period in both domestic and foreign policy arenas.
    here he and his wife take advantage of a ‘teachable moment,’ modeling compassion for their daughters and the country. bush’s ersatz clemency of a turkey – now even more exposed as silliness by the awkward and bloody sarah palin staging last week – appears a symbol of the ‘old’ politics by comparison.
    what’s remarkable is the power of leading by example rather than exhortation. while president bush instructed us to go shopping after september 11th – an arguably necessary component to maintaining economic confidence, obama told barbara walters that he and his family plan to go shopping this weekend without telling americans that it is our duty to do the same.
    in response to the cynics: of course everything obama does for the next four or eight years may be viewed politically. what’s remarkable, so far, is the choices he is making about how to use the spotlight/bullypulpit/worldstage to promote his agenda and values.

  • yg

    bravo, brilliant contrast.

  • http://authenticthreads.org/blog B.

    Wow, this just makes me SO glad that Obama is going to be president! One of the biggest contrasts in the photos for me are the expressions on everyone’s faces. The people in the Bush picture are posing, the people in the Obama picture are interacting naturally. I know one picture was meant to be posed, but it does emphasize the difference in formality, and also highlights Obama’s genuineness.

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