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October 11, 2009

But He Really Hasn’t Done Anything Yet — Right? (#2)

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December 2008

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June 2009

As I’m putting together a talk on Obama for FotoWeek DC, and thus looking over iconic photos from this past year, it makes me realize: 1.) how elegantly and effectively the mind blunts past tension and trauma, and 2.) how easily it all comes back — in this visual of “change,” for example — when you see it in pictures.

(image: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times. From: President Obama Speaks in Cairo. Slideshow. Article.)

  • desertwind

    It’s good that you highlighted this, Bag, because I don’t think we (American in USA) appreciate just how effective the Cairo speech was. Both in its form & substance.

  • Gasho

    Perfect.
    From a propaganda filled, Rovian speech in a windowless bunker where even the hand-picked and searched audience included raw scorn
    to
    the most multi-cultural and worldly audience shot I’ve ever seen engaged in a thoughtful dialogue.
    How can it be that the population at large in the USA has become so jaded that they can’t see this kind of progress?

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