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August 17, 2011

Strange White House Photo From Aboard Obama Bus

They’ve since added a separate gallery, but I’m interested in the White House’s sole pic from Obama’s bus tour yesterday (via the WH Photo of the Day).  Especially with the black border, he sort of looks trapped, don’t you think?

(photo: Pete Souza/White House. caption: President Barack Obama waves to people along the road in Decorah, Iowa, Aug. 15, 2011, during a three-day bus tour in the Midwest focusing on ways to grow the economy. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • Pastafarian

    I was thinking “Skinner Box” and the recent /Onion/ piece about how the GOP’s 2012 strategy is to torture Obama by making sure he wins. 

  • 51

    At least he’s not looking out the back window of the bus…

    • Anonymous

      I was puzzling about that, 51, and I agree with you that it matters. However… I don’t know much about tour buses, so I searched the Googles and the Yahoos. Having done so, I’ve become convinced that Obama is indeed looking out the rear window.

      The front window is divided into just two parts. Reinforcing that is the question why his bus would be stopped blocking one lane of a highway. No one’s sitting in what would be the driver’s seat, so it would either be stopped or on automatic pilot. :-)

      Is Obama looking forward, or is he looking back? At best it’s a bit ambiguous, right? Regardless of which direction he’s looking, what’s he seeing? A desolate landscape, with just a few forlorn supporters waving loyally.

      Any way you consider it, in my opinion it’s a strange image for the WH to have featured, however temporarily. Calling Dr. Freud or Jung or somebody.

  • WFG Online

    This is somewhat different post from others..But we cant see the front or face of obama..It is the back…

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  • T Perky

    Actually, the view from outside the bus is up on TPM. It looks like it’s stopped on a side road from the POV of the people he’s waving at. It makes sense he’d go up front, since the side windows are obscured from the outside. 

  • Anonymous

    I followed up at TPM, and I’m convinced you’re right. What I hadn’t considered is that this is a Secret Service bus (regardless of whether it was made in Canada, Pox News!). The shot from the outside on TPM shows the two windows I expected. The shot posted on the BAG, from the inside, shows an apparent three windows (asymmetric) defined by protective armor.

    Another interesting difference. The official photo makes it look as if President Obama has his hand pressed against an imprisoning glass cage — looking trapped, as Michael noted. The TPM photo shows the president smiling and waving at supporters.

    Before I retired, I created a presentation for students titled something like “What you see is not necessarily what you’ve got.” It began with the image of a sheep morphing into an image of a wolf. The theme was that we don’t know what we see. Rather, we see what we know (or think we know). I should have reviewed my own presentation before responding to the image.

    Anyhow, thanks.

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