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October 13, 2012

Last Look at the Post-Debate Split-Screen Tit-for-Tat

Hmm, I don’t see a smirk. If anything, it’s the other guy smirking.

…It’s hysterical, really, how the Administration finds a frame that draws an equivalence between Obama’s smirk in the first debate and Ryan’s expression here, as if to normalize it by generalizing it.

Evan Vucci Biden Ryan Veep debate
Even Vucci’s Instagram shot goes all in on “psycho Joe.” (Still, widow-peaked Ryan as baby Beelzebub?)

…And, an honorable mention to the patio!

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From the Daily Trojan, the USC paper. Let’s call it a tie. (That’s star-struck LA for you.)

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As I was searching around for pics of people viewing the debate, this shot (this particular version appearing on Latino Fox News — if that’s not an oxymoron) was more prevalent in Google Images than any other. This makes me think that either the GOP was successful in framing Biden as a bit over-the-top and that body language carried the day again.  On the other hand, though, doesn’t it seem like the audience is cheering Biden’s punctuation?

Des Moines Veep Debate

I like this screen shot as a last word from the Des Moines Register print edition. Pox on both their houses (which, from the heartland, at least, might have been the more accurate bottom line).

(photo 1: Pete Souza/White House caption: President Barack Obama watches the Vice Presidential debate aboard Air Force One with staff, en route to Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, from Florida, Oct. 11, 2012.photo 2: @evenvucci/Instagram – AP on the Trail. photo 3: Zhaoyu Zhou | Daily Trojan Students gather to watch the vice-presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan Thursday in Taper Hall. photo 4: uncredited/still looking – this version via Fox Latino. screenshot 5: via Newseum.org – Today’s Front Page .)

  • BooksAlive

    >> On the other hand, though, doesn’t it seem like the audience is cheering Biden’s punctuation? <<

    One woman is standing to applaud, another person is standing with right arm raised in agreement. So, yes, there is a good sense of support for the VP.

    Our local Fox station in Chicago has almost nothing of the main lineup of anchors on the 9 pm news. They show Neil Cavuto or someone else with business headlines and that's all. They have just begun to label their lead stories as "Snapshots." Haven't quite figured out what that implies.

  • matt

    empty chairs in la,

    fist in the air in wisconsin,

    and “middle of the road” cnn – not msnbc, not bush’s fox – on air force one.

  • Scarabus

    Don’t know about Beelzebub. He’s always reminded me of Rowan Atkinson’s character “Mr. Bean” (with an added widow’s peak).

    • BooksAlive

      “Bean” resonates after the SNL debate skit: all the Ryan children were nicknamed “bean.”

  • irishdave3

    So Uncle Joe was dissing Kid Malarky…seems about right. Some one didn’t tell the fastest liar of the Midwest that “bullet” points are like shooting blanks.

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