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April 2, 2009

G-20 Inside Out



In the smaller sphere of image 1, I’m looking at: the balanced cross-table tension between Obama and Sarkozy; the focus on the one woman head of state, Cristina de Kirchner; the lightweight and peripheral quality of Medvedev; the cartoonish look of King Abdullah’s headphones; and, of course, the painting, the curtains, the panelling, the chandelier — in other words, the aristocratic and opulent quality surrounding this conclave … especially in relation to the street (and the world-wide economic hurt).
In the larger sphere, Withnail writes…

The protesters are, for the most part, Socialists and Anarchists. This is not a judgement – they want a Radical change in the status quo. Good for them. And no matter how much of a change candidate he was or (presumes to be as President) – Obama is now the Leader of the Free World. He is by nature the Status Quo. He’s a malleable quo, one more open to new ideas than anyone else might be, but he’s still in charge of making sure that the banks function and business (capitalism) runs smoothly.

(image 1: Pool/Reuters. London. April 1, 2009. image 2:Dan Kitwood / Getty Images. London. April 1, 2009)

  • wisewebwoman

    Isn’t that Angela Merkel behind Obama – that makes 2 women if I’m not mistaken. Serious under-representation and seriously patriarchal even to the the lord-on-the-wall.
    Women are more equally represented in the slavering mob outside the doors, though. I haven’t seen pics of them throwing anything into the RBS windows thus leaving both the physical outrage and the exalted white roses din-din to the men?

  • dada

    Obama and Gordon Brown exchanging glances.

  • JayDenver

    The “Seating” Plan
    Scroll down for the chart.

  • Rima

    Headphones, tv lights, cameras, microphones, elbow-to-elbow seating, diplomatic chit-chat – how is one expected to remember which fork to use?

  • yg

    i was shocked to hear how low sarkozy’s approval ratings are. puts his previous impudence in a new light.

  • yg

    who is withnail?

  • yg

    is he a fellow poster? i missed it if this was an earlier comment.

  • Michael Shaw (The BAG)

    Yes, fellow commenter. I like how Josh (Marshall) posts reader comments and find it fitting here too.

  • yg

    didn’t mean any insult. apologies. just that i was looking for the link so i could read if there was anything additional to the post.

  • Molly

    Good heavens, where is the actual table???

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