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August 27, 2011

“No Katrina In My Irene-a!”

Given how Katrina blew Bush out of the water, it seems a no-brainer that the President, as soon as the weather maps started going all swirly, would have gotten himself out to FEMA H.Q. for this photo-op.

1. Furniture drives home anti-Katrina optics. Chair symmetry = all our ducks-in-a-row!

2. It’s really impressive how martial this is, especially lining up Obama with the uniform and the shoulder insignia. As proven already, 44 is not afraid to go to war. (Then again, there’s the boardroom vibe. Obama as C.E.O.)

3a. And then, what’s with the name cards? – #1:

Not Chertoff. Not Bush. not Brownie.

3b. What’s with the name cards? – #2:

I’m the other guy.

(photo 1: Pete Souza/White House Photo-of-the-Day. photo 2: Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images.  caption:  (L to R)  White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, Secretary of Health and Human Services Janet Napolitano and U.S. President Barack Obama (L) listens to FEMA administrator Craig Fugate during a midday daily video teleconference led by FEMA to at the monitor the federal response Hurricane Irene at FEMA Headquarters August 27, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Irene, now a Category 1 hurricane, has made landfall in North Carolina on its way up the eastern seaboard.)

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