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May 2, 2012

Juxtaposition of the Day: Team Bush vs. Team Obama at the War Theatre

Carney Afghanistan

Bartlett Snow Iraq

If the photo of Bartlett and Snow buttoned down for the helicopter flight into Baghdad wasn’t, itself, like a frame from an old B-movie war comedy, seeing in it contrast with yesterday’s Team Obama transport photo is closer to tragic.

(photo 1: Doug Mills/NYT caption: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, second from left, rides in a helicopter wearing body armor with other White House staff and reporters while traveling with President Barack Obama to Kabul, Afghanistan, May 1, 2012. Obama landed in Kabul Tuesday, on a surprise visit, to sign a strategic partnership agreement with Afghanistan meant to mark the beginning of the end of a war that has lasted for more than a decade. photo 2: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP caption: White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, left, and White House Counselor Dan Barlett, ride in a military helicopter wearing helmets and flak jackets for a trip from Baghdad International Airport to U.S. Embassy in the Greenzone Tuesday, June 13, 2006 in Baghdad, Iraq. Snow and Bartlett traveled with President Bush who made a surprise visit to Baghdad..)

  • DennisQ

    The noirish Picture 1 communicates a sense of the danger of entering a combat zone.  Picture 2, ironically the more black-and-white of the two, begs for a caption like “Tell them you know nothing!”

    Both pictures suggest film sets.  Picture 1 is taut and dramatic, but Picture 2 suggests Laurel and Hardy, “Here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten us into, Stanley.”  I would not want to be on that helicopter, with the stark overhead lights already suggesting capture and even imprisonment.  The second picture is a comic adventure.  They look glum while they are trying to look brave. 

  • acm

    I honestly can’t parse your sentence above.  What is the contrast that you see between these two photos, and in what way is it “tragic”??

  • zdd

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