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March 4, 2011

Your Turn: Obama Intel

Surely, the new post-Rahm, post-Axelrod, Daley/Plouffe Obama, reflecting their new slogan above, has got a lot more cool. I’m interested in your read on this shot from the White House “Photo of the Day” gallery. Do you see a Jetsons thing going on here? Is there a race element, at all? Or is it just design? The caption below says we’re at Intel (with a Middle East twist).

(photo: Pete Souza/White House. caption: President Barack Obama talks on the phone with National Security Advisor Tom Donilon about developments in the Middle East, backstage at Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Ore., Feb. 18, 2011.)

  • Ralph

    It reminds me of the olden days when electronics were so sensitive and fragile they had to be kept in “clean rooms” where people dressed in plastic bags. It’s more of a medical/science setting than a “make yourself comfortable” one. Anyway, it’s good to see that our president is considered pure enough to use their clean room. This decorating style is so dull, even the flowers are bored.

  • Thirdeye Pushpin

    I smell the james bond aesthetic

  • Dicker

    Why haven’t we heard what advice the National Security Advisor is giving the Leader of the Free World? Because he’s a political hack and can’t provide any pertinent national security advice. Be very afraid, America.

  • Stephen Ferry

    Michael, dont see a race angle. Rather, the image seeks to turn Obama’s Mr. Spock-like preternatural calm, often taken for lack of passion, into a virtue. He’s smart as a computer,, practical as a sofa, and at ease even when all the pieces have been thrown up in the air.

    Rarified space, that of his mind, above the churning and bleeding, rationally considering his options.

    Yours from Bogotá, Stephen

  • Stepheneferry

    I wonder though, could that be a secure line he’s talking on? Or is the picture fully set up? Stephen

  • I.M.Shocked

    “Yeah, they’re still in a meeting. No, I haven’t talked to anyone yet. Yeah, I’m still waiting in the reception area.”

    This is what company execs do with people they don’t want to talk to, or don’t consider important. Maybe it’s just me, but I think that the only settings the President should be shown alone in, while in business atire, is the Oval Office, Air Force One, or the Beast (his limo). Why is the most important leader in the free world standing around by himself with hands in his pockets? The picture needs at least two subordinates vying for his attention.

    Bag News posts, “The caption below says we’re at Intel (with a Middle East twist).”

    Among other things, Intel’s facilities in Israel designed and manufactured the Core 2 Duo chips that pulled Intel’s bacon out of the fire a few years back.

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