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November 11, 2008

“Last Veterans Day Accomplished,” November 11, 2008. / “Mission Accomplished,” May 1, 2003.

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1. Marine One, with US President George W. Bush aboard, prepares to land on the deck of the USS Intrepid prior to the Veterans Day rededication of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York, on November 11, 2008. The 65-year old aircraft carrier, which completed tours of duty during World War II, the Cold War and the Vietnam War, just completed a 2-year, $115 million renovation. (image: Saul LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)


2. President George W. Bush approached the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln in a S-3B Viking jet Thursday, May 1, 2003, the day the "W"
announces major combat operations in Iraq have ended. (image: Paul Morse/White House)


3. President Bush, and first lady Laura Bush, arrive to participate in the rededication ceremony of the Intrepid. November 11, 2008. (image: Gerald Herbert/AP)


4. President George W. Bush poses with flight deck crew of the USS Abraham Lincoln, May 1, 2003. (image: Paul Morse/White House)

  • me

    FAIL

  • Michael

    This may not be the most obvious place to mention it — there were plenty more opportunities during the election — but does anybody else remember a time when ONE American flag was enough for a political scenario? Here we’ve got one horizontal, and a couple vertical, they’re huge, and god knows how many others are hanging around out of shot. It is weird enough, at least for those who had military families, to see self-professed hyperpatriots swathing themselves in the Stars and Stripes — T-shirts, bandannas, socks, jocks for all I know: that is just common or garden variety commodification. But this takes the biscuit. When did one become not enough? Really. I’m asking. When?

  • JayDenver

    me @ 12:46: the term used aboard a carrier would be “Cut Pass” which is worth 0 points.
    Landing Signal Officer scroll down for grading

  • http://www.fightingliberals.com the littlest gator

    It seems quite striking, the difference. It is nice to see an end to the fake photo ops with the troops. But I don’t know why he chooses to pose like this on veterans day. He never understood that Veterans day is about the veterans not about his awol assery.

  • http://splendidmarbles.com SplendidMarbles

    Priceless. Thank you for reminding me of that infamous day. I remember how Bush’s surrogates kept insisting that it was the Navy that hoisted the “Mission Accomplished” banner in the fall of 03 when Iraq was exploding into violence. Thank God he’s going back to Texas – maybe he can spend a few dozen weekends with the Air National Guard to make up for blowing them off to help poppy campaign for the House. SplendidMarbles

  • Spencer

    Michael:

    “does anybody else remember a time when ONE American flag was enough for a political scenario? Here we’ve got one horizontal, and a couple vertical, they’re huge, and god knows how many others are hanging around out of shot.”

    I hear ya. However, in this case, it looks to me like that middle flag is an image on a big video screen, making me think that during Dubya’s speech his face would have been projected on it, flanked by the two flags. Then you’d have the wavy flag as filler in between video shots. Kind of like during the GOP convention.
    (Hey, I wonder if they slipped an image of the Walter Reed Middle School in there while they were at it? http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/09/mccains_speech_and_the_walter.php)
    Agreed, the flag-worship is getting to be a little much, to the point, like I said, that it becomes filler.
    Then the problem is that if anyone tries to dial back the worship a bit – like, say, a politician not wearing his lapel pin – it’s read as disrespecting the flag! And on and on we go…

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