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November 13, 2010

Your Turn: Hold the Mayo

What is endlessly fascinating to me is how political personalities use the visual media to posture attitudes and even whip up whole new identities for themselves.

I was interested in your take on this scene from Sarah Palin’s reality TV show.   The TIME captions reads:

Service with a Smile: Palin waits tables at Peggy’s Pies in Anchorage.

(photo: Gilles Mingasson / TLC / Getty Images for Mark Burnett Productions.)

  • Enoch Root

    If she didn’t come out the other side advocating for minimum wage increases, then she needs to keep waiting tables for a while.

    Plus, there’s that hidden smile. It says: I can do this crap on TV and that will make me President.

  • Stella

    Who taught that fool how to serve food? Oh – I recognize her. This pose will not impress any restaurant workers, nor the person who gets the sandwich that’s smashed agaist her clothes.

  • Progressive Mom

    With apologies to the kitchen, what I see here is gloppy, fattening, creamy (a cream soup AND a heavily mayo’d salad filling?), salty food being served awkwardly by a former candidate for vice president of the United States.

    In other words, comfort food devoid of nutritional benefit but full of content that can kill, delivered to you with a smile.

    What a metaphor.

  • tardigrade

    …hmmmm…. maybe with a little practice she might get better at this. I love the comment above about the sandwich squashed against her clothing!!!!!

  • Stan B.

    Looks like she actually made it till lunch before she quit.

  • janjamm

    You know. I was thinking that this is actually something Michelle Obama would do on a road trip, you know, like gardening, dancing with kids, really interacting with her environment. Michelle, however, does seem sincere. Somehow I can’t imagine genuine sincerity, only constructed sincerity, from Sarah. She appears so manipulative, where Michelle seems comfortable with her role, but not that ga-ga about it, while Sarah’s seems to be seeking it out and hungering for it. Also, I am trying to imagine a male candidate playing a waitress role like this for the media. Unlikely. (I think that sandwich is a Breast Sandwich, may be popular in Alaska.)

  • tardigrade

    …..with a side of armpit fries….

  • boomerangst

    Poseur n. One who affects a particular attribute, attitude, or identity to impress or influence others.

    It’s so frightening to think how many people in this country think she is genuine.

  • DennisQ

    If this picture were presented as a Thematic Appperception Test to people who don’t know who Sarah Palin is, would they note that the “waitress” isn’t used to carrying plates of food, or would they focus on other aspects of the picture?

    The picture is divided neatly in half – there’s even a vertical line separating the halves. We can assume that the three people at the table are waiting for the lunch that Palin is bringing them. The fourth figure – the young woman reaching for something on a table – may be a waitress cleaning up after other diners have just left.

    The three people aren’t a group. Only two of them are seated at the same table. The figure in the hat seems to be engaging the other two in conversation, even though she’s sitting at a different table.

    The elements in the picture suggest a theme, which may or may not have been intentional. “Sarah brings people together”? “Good things are coming”? The ambiguity raises the possibility that the scene was actually composed; that employees of Sarah Inc. are thinking of ways to present an unconscious message, i.e., “Sarah is your mother.”

  • serr8d

    C’mon, you hard-core hater Lefties, how hard is it to keep on hating a woman who is a mother for carrying a plate of food and serving the public?

    You want to seriously study a photo, then see the pic from Indonesia of M’Chelle Obama scritching her coochie in front of the world. Analysis here:

    • momly

      “scritching her coochie”?

      Why do you continue to post here after writing things like that? You have zero credibility as a serious critic. Take your bile somewhere else; you aren’t convincing anyone of anything other than your bitterness.

    • g

      how hard is it to keep on hating a woman who is a mother….

      Apparently it isn’t hard for you at all, Serr8d. You are addled with hatred for the Obamas, but particularly for Michelle. It’s interesting that the things you post about Michelle Obama are even uglier than the things you post about the President. What a vile, shriveled, disgusting, pitiful person you are. The women in your family must be living in a state of terrified trauma.

    • Enoch Root

      “M’Chelle Obama”

      That’s Mrs. First Lady Obama to you.

  • Vvoter

    “What a vile, shriveled, disgusting, pitiful person you are. The women in your family must be living in a state of terrified trauma.”

    g, your comments to serr8d exemplify the exact same hatred that you criticize him/her for!

    Civility, baby, c’mon!

    • AJ

      g is simply stating the truth. The truth is never uncivil.

      serr8d is nothing more than a troll, one beset with a particularly virulent pathological mindset.

  • black dog barking


    In the days when Sussman was a novice, Minsky once came to him as he sat hacking at the PDP-6. “What are you doing?” asked Minsky.

    “I am training a randomly wired neural net to play Tic-tac-toe,” Sussman replied.

    “Why is the net wired randomly?” asked Minsky.

    “I do not want it to have any preconceptions of how to play,” Sussman said.

    Minsky then shut his eyes.

    “Why do you close your eyes?” Sussman asked his teacher.

    “So that the room will be empty.”

    At that moment, Sussman was enlightened.

  • Kyra

    Beyond her almost wearing the food, I noticed her hair. Appearance seems so important to her so I was surprised that she allowed herself to be photographed from the rear like this where it looks like she is missing part of her hair. Perhaps the composition and messaging of the photo made all involved forget the small stuff.

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