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June 5, 2012

White House Photo of the Day: “It’s Their Economy, Stupid.”

The perception of slow but moderate economic growth in the U.S. took a hit with last Friday’s jobs report, leaving the Obama Administration and the Obama campaign casting about for an explanation that doesn’t sound like blaming Congress.

The choice of this photo of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, along with two of the Obama Administration’s top international economic affairs experts, briefing the president on Europe’s economic woes is an interesting one. How often does a White House publish a photo that projects an inability to fix a problem? Seems to me that’s exactly what this Pete Souza photo does and exactly what it’s meant to do. A photo that screams “Here’s what it is and there’s not much we can do about it.” Underlying message? On further reflection (pun intended) don’t blame us.

via The White House Photo of the Day

– Karen Hull

(photo: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo caption: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner speaks during a meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, June 4, 2012. Mike Froman, Deputy National Security Advisor for International and Economic Affairs, and Lael Brainard, Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, are seated next to Secretary Geithner.)

  • Gasho

    Not much smoke, lots of MIRRORS
    Off with their heads!
    The rising debt to equity ratio explained..

    This has to be the most un-grounded image ever. 

    Are they slouching in their seats, too? Or are the seats just too big for them?  Ugh.

  • George Mokray

    Floating heads.

  • steve laudig

    They are sinking below the horizon, or sailing off into the distance, either way regular, non-Wall Streeters ,are being left behind with the bill and the mess.

  • Michael Shaw

    And, how innocent can you be with Froman that far from a smirk?

  • Rima

    Heads and shoulders floating, disembodied, above a reflecting pool. The only thing disturbing the calm symmetry is Geithner’s upraised hands – “What can you do?”

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