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March 14, 2010

Rahm: On the Rocks? Outside the Wire?

Rahm Crowley.jpg

Rahm Baghdad.jpg

I’m interested in the two photos the NYT chose to accompany its Rahm profile yesterday — “The Limits of Rahmism.” The conclusion of the piece is that Emanuel either rises or crashes with health care.

In the top one, by Stephen Crowley, it’s hard to read the message. Is Rahm a force of nature? Or, is he headed over the falls? And then, the White House Flickr shot is equally ambiguous. Between the center of power and a guy getting his wires crossed (note the finger pointing), it seems the photo, truly showcasing Obama’s “inside man,” is a dramatic hedge on the outcome of the legislative Super Bowl this week.

(Expanded. Title change. 10am PST. 3/15. Further tweaked. 12pm.)

(photo: Pete Souza/White House. caption: National Security Advisor General James Jones, left, and USSS Special Agent in Charge Joe Clancy coordinate arrival details by telephone for President Barack Obama’s visit to Baghdad on April 7, 2009. Joined also by White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod; Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel; Jim Messina, Deputy Chief of Staff; White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, and National Security Counsel Chief of Staff Mark Lippert, background-right)

  • bystander

    Wow. Did the NYT choose to resurrect a photo taken quite awhile back, or do the blue shirts, crossed phone lines, and this conference table appear in a lot of Pete Souza’s shots? I have a deja vu feeling I’ve seen this photograph featured here at TheBAG before.
    Are those phone lines “crossed,” or do the form a “cradle.” Rahm’s pointing finger “fits” with the I told you [Obama] so… frame pieces written previously (The Atlantic and The New Yorker) about Rahm have attributed to him.

  • Gasho

    ditto. I’m sure I’ve seen this before. If not, then please post the older one (just post election, maybe?) so we can compare.

  • Crabby

    The first photo makes him look dark skinned – sorta Arabish.

  • elfpix

    i’ve never seen a photo of Rahm that didn’t make him look arab-ish. Presumably these photos, and all the others, make him look the way he looks.
    Which, to me, has never been very confidence inspiring.

  • bystander

    Gasho, if I’d bothered to read the photo credit, I would have noticed the date on it; April 7, 2009. So, the NYT did resurrect this photo out of their files. And, by sending the photo credit information into Google I found the other occasion where BAGnewsNotes featured this particular shot. Apr 09, 2009 – White House Behind The Scenes: Euro Edition

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