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January 29, 2012

Obama/Florida Watch: Two Bushes in the Hand

It’s a subtley strategic WH photo op, especially days before given the election calendar. Some take-aways:

1. Nothing like exploiting some face time with the ex-Gov in the closing days of the Florida GOP primary.

2. Nothing like reinforcing how Jeb, in his home state, couldn’t find a GOP candidate worth endorsing.

3. Nothing like still another aisle-crossing photo-op, further softening up moderates of all stripes, as well as emphasizing, through Dubya’s absence, what happened last time presidential voters went GOP.

4. Especially after the Brewer nastiness, another example of Obama as the respectful guy, especially paying respects to Poppa in his twilight. (Though the alignment with MLK is a little funny.)

(photo: Pete Souza/White House caption: President Barack Obama meets with former President George H.W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the Oval Office, Jan. 27, 2012.)

  • Anonymous

    The three figures aren’t exactly kicking back, but they are relaxed despite how formally they are dressed.  Obama seems comfortable in what is now his home.  Missing from the picture is George W. Bush, the previous occupant and the person who unifies the connection between Jeb and George Sr. 

    Obama avoided a backlash of sympathy for Dubya by promising change without specifying what he intended to change once he got in office.  His campaign said simply, “Yes We Can” but didn’t spell out what that meant.  Today he can be generous to the Bush family without in any way pardoning any of the Bush administration’s wretched excesses.  Nobody can say Bush Jr. wasn’t that bad because he’s Banquo’s ghost.  No need to remove the stains that would be there if anybody cared to look. 

    Seeing George Sr. in a wheelchair makes me wonder if he’s still continent.  He was so proud of being physically robust that he parachuted from an airplane in his 80’s.  He seems alert to what’s going on around him and it’s possible he’s actually keeping up with the conversation.  Maybe he just happens to have his head turned in Obama’s direction.

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

      Yes, I didn’t think about where the eyes were pointing. Excuse the pun but GHWB, given the politics, might indeed be the 3rd/4th wheel here.

  • Anonymous

    The three figures aren’t exactly kicking back, but they are relaxed despite how formally they are dressed.  Obama seems comfortable in what is now his home.  Missing from the picture is George W. Bush, the previous occupant and the person who unifies the connection between Jeb and George Sr. 

    Obama avoided a backlash of sympathy for Dubya by promising change without specifying what he intended to change once he got in office.  His campaign said simply, “Yes We Can” but didn’t spell out what that meant.  Today he can be generous to the Bush family without in any way pardoning any of the Bush administration’s wretched excesses.  Nobody can say Bush Jr. wasn’t that bad because he’s Banquo’s ghost.  No need to remove the stains that would be there if anybody cared to look. 

    Seeing George Sr. in a wheelchair makes me wonder if he’s still continent.  He was so proud of being physically robust that he parachuted from an airplane in his 80’s.  He seems alert to what’s going on around him and it’s possible he’s actually keeping up with the conversation.  Maybe he just happens to have his head turned in Obama’s direction.

  • bks

    If it’s not FDR, no wheelchairs, please.

        –bks

  • karen h

    Michael hit it, but I can’t help but repeat how odd the timing is here. Obviously, neither Jeb nor Bush sr. will endorse Obama, but I have to wonder after looking at this photo, if they’ll endorse anyone else.

  • Matt

    the first george w looks on.

    as does the first president from springfield.

    mlk over the shoulder, too.

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