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August 25, 2011

Cheney’s Audacious Memoir Cover (And Claim to the Empire)

Cheney In My Time

Well, it’s hard not to be impressed by Cheney’s cojones (and the spiteful swipe at Bush) given the cover photo of his new memoir. Situated in the President’s residence, Cross Hall and the famous red carpet is the space associated with the President of the United States, the backdrop and sanctum recognized, in the American eye, with presidential addresses and presidential processions down the gallery.

Of course, the dimensions of Cheney’s “top drawer” ego have never been a secret. Perhaps it’s his deteriorating health, though, that motivated this kind of imperial parting shot, compelled to emphasize how much he, not Bush, was the “vision guy” and the true top dog.

(photo: still looking)

  • tinwoman

    I think the one thing that’s going to make him roll around with agony on his deathbed is the fact that he was never “really” President because he was too old, infirm, and unpopular.   He needed to find a puppet.  Bwa-ha-ha-ha.

    Yeah, it’s small scrapings, but it’s something.

  • Anonymous

    In this portrait the puppeteer’s hands are completely hidden, the ventriloquist’s lips sealed. The joke works, Bush’s real brain (and mouth and central nervous system &c …) revealed to us with true Cheney-esque misdirection — in plain sight with total deniability. Who’s the real butt of this swipe? The younger Bush, a joke told and retold for much of this century? Or us, who sit here in the audience, “getting it”? By “getting it” I might we really “got it”. Over and over.

  • Glenn

    Visually the first thing that struck my eye was the line of stars across his legs – they stand out like little explosions, like he’s being kneecapped.

    The other interesting thing is that he’s leaning to one side – it’s a very unbalanced posture, as if he could tumble over.

    Contrast the assymmetrical posture against the very forced symmetry of the carpet, it’s borders, and the twin lamps – the whole picture is very unbalanced and has a kind of vertigo.

  • Boxcar

    as i used to joke about Rumsfeld parting line: “it was an honor to be a witness to history”…as long as it wasn’t under oath and there was no transcript.

    He pushes his righteousness so hard because he knows History will doom him to infamy.

  • http://profiles.google.com/ac.missias AC Missias

    Hard not to hear “I did it MY WAY” playing in the background…

    I note the hands in pockets, which is more casual than is usual for such pictures — supposed to makes us think (faintly) that he’s waiting around in the hallways of power, rather than inside the board room? or just a casual show of disregard for the formality of the setting? 

    It’s certainly the best he’s looked in a long time!  (Perhaps looking slightly off to one side keeps the full force of his Vader-like challenge from being felt by the viewer here…)

  • http://profiles.google.com/ac.missias AC Missias

    Hard not to hear “I did it MY WAY” playing in the background…

    I note the hands in pockets, which is more casual than is usual for such pictures — supposed to makes us think (faintly) that he’s waiting around in the hallways of power, rather than inside the board room? or just a casual show of disregard for the formality of the setting? 

    It’s certainly the best he’s looked in a long time!  (Perhaps looking slightly off to one side keeps the full force of his Vader-like challenge from being felt by the viewer here…)

  • Aurora

    What is it with Republican men and their crotches?  Here he has ‘Dick’ centered and squared away! and the ‘c’ cupping it…

    And then there is the strong whiff of Imperial Rome: the marble, the blood red carpet with the golden repeat on the edges, the torchieres…

    and the way the red tie ‘bleeds’…

    you can’t make this stuff up…

    • http://www.bagnewsnotes.com Michael Shaw

      Thanks for bringing up the tie.  The other thing I thought, along the lines of the “parting shot,” was red all-the-way.

    • http://profiles.google.com/thomasgokey Thomas Gokey

      The tie really does flow nicely into the negative space between his legs (in a purely visual way, I never imagined writing about what’s between Dick Cheney’s legs).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Mokray/767686527 George Mokray

    That look off to the side may be the police coming to arrest him or, almost certainly, the historians who will judge him for the ages.  Hands in pockets and off-kilter and top-heavy as he always is.  Whenever I see Cheney walk, it gives me the willies.  His body is armored against feeling so obviously.

    • omen

      he’s glowering at the left. as if they were ever any threat to his power. what a joke.

      look at how cheney is grinding liz down with his heels to nothingness.

      i was thinking an alternate book title might have been “i am the decider.”
      but now i think it should have been “untouchable.”

      the smug arrogance of his to openly admit to committing war crimes by endorsing torture. and with that telling smirk of his that delights with knowing he can get away with anything. he’s unaccountable to no one. yeah, dick, that’s hilarious.

      richard clarke blew the whistle on how cheney ignored terror warnings months prior to 9/11. any other sane country would have banished this monster and exhiled him to no man’s land. instead, he gets feted and treated like a king despite committing grievous negligence that betrayed this country.

  • LanceThruster

    The former VP and current and forever POS should have named his memoirs “Other Priorities.”

    He is truly a vile individual (sorry to have to sugarcoat it so much).

  • http://twitter.com/thelegalstep Jason Smith

    Liz Cheney would be the only person he could trust with his secrets. Somebody needs to photoshop a couple of man sized safes in the background. 

  • Colauhu

    He has more claim to that place than anybody in the current administration. Biden can’t open his mouth without saying the most idiotic thing we’ve ever heard since last time he tried to speak, and Obama doesn’t have a clue how to run squat. His answer is ” look at the mess I inherited.” yeah, that’s working well after almost three years. Lts also talk about the international incidents that he’s gotten us into. You are so willing to blame Bush for Iraq, but the anointed one gets no heat for getting us involved in Libya along with telling other leaders that they need to step down…yeah, we’re in a much better place today than we were four years ago…

    • omen

       reagan blamed carter for his entire eight year term in office.

    • glenn

      Whether it’s “working well” politically or not, the fact is that the Bush administration is entirely responsible for the huge deficit, and Obama inherited it. It’s due to the war – which Bush never ever carried on the books -  Medicare Part D, and the tax breaks.

    • glenn

      Whether it’s “working well” politically or not, the fact is that the Bush administration is entirely responsible for the huge deficit, and Obama inherited it. It’s due to the war – which Bush never ever carried on the books -  Medicare Part D, and the tax breaks.

  • Stella

    Alternate subtitle: Requiem for the flag lapel pin.

  • Bugboy

    The title is audacious as well “In My Time”:  FOR WHAT?  The Presidency?  I seriously am more and more convinced in his mind, knowing his past and his performance as Vice, that HE considered himself “The Presidency”.

    • omen

      it’s just so effin selfish: his time. what about the rest of us?

  • Bugboy

    The title is audacious as well “In My Time”:  FOR WHAT?  The Presidency?  I seriously am more and more convinced in his mind, knowing his past and his performance as Vice, that HE considered himself “The Presidency”.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait for this dude to die. Come on, Dick, just move along!

  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait for this dude to die. Come on, Dick, just move along!

  • catbirdman

    Yeah right, Obama gets “no heat” — lol what planet are you living on?

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