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Mar 23, 2006

The Department Of Redundancy Department (Or: All Over But The Shouting)


(Additional Notes: F.  It's Friday, I Can't Help It.) 

(image: Charles Dharapak/A.P.  March 22, 2006. Wheeling, W.Va. Via YahooNews.  Caption:  President Bush speaks about on the war on terror at Capitol Music Hall in Wheeling, W.Va. Bush spoke about the war in Iraq and took questions from the audience, which included those on active duty and families of military personnel, on a wide range of issues.)


This photo could, and should, be three years old.

Pulled an Asta with my morning tea when I read the post-it note comment.

He's shrinking.

Have you noticed how much his gestures and his speech patterns, speaking of T.V. evangelists, are like the late Mar-Jo? A recent speech, on Wed., found him prancing up and down, microphone in hand in a "performance" which was heavily reminiscent of Mar-Jo. Add music, and, it's all rock and roll.

It looks like the White House photographer is looking for stage-y perspective shots of the president. As margaret points out, Bush has become more performative lately—he has to be to make up for his stale message. And he gave his speech in a music hall! It's all a show.

The audience looks small and pre-screened. Notice the women in red in this photo from the same gathering. It's a tired Rove-Norquist marketing ploy. Usually the women wear red suits, but these women just have on red sweaters and blouses—I wonder if they went to Wal-Mart or Target to buy them especially for this speech. For low-income military families, even such modest purchases are a financial sacrifice.

In knowing Mr. Dharapak and spending a little time w/ this photo, it seems clear to me that including the "message" three times is a sarcastic take on the current ultra-message of the Bush presidency.

A small man with a big plan.

Watch out.

It looks like the set for an infomercial.

He is really trying to reach out to a wavering parts of his diminishing 'base' at this point, the evangelical/fundies and something called 'military familes'. This base watches TeeVee and responds to the visuals and won't remember the words spoken. They definitely went to this mega-churchy-televangical presentation style for a reason. Its all about feeling and 'truthiness' at this point.

Thanks for the laugh. That photo is hilarious.

This photo is so sad and disturbing. The propaganda that this man allows to be used is so ridiculous. At first I thought it was just funny, but it is a constant theme in his presidency and I am shocked that there are still people out there that buy into this crap. I am also tired of people draping themselves in the flag (or colors of it) and consider themselves patriotic.

I've come across this image a couple of times and wished The Bag would use it. Great graphics! Huge swathes of blue and gold from out of the darkness. One can imagine a circus advance man slathering goo all over the foreground and slapping up the poster. In fact, three good slatherings and you've pretty much got the entire stage set. Let dry and add the barker.

JohnB's comment that it might be intentional on the photographer's part makes sense, after all, Dharapak works for that 'terrist' organization, the AP. It's all the fault of people like him that ODL (ourdearleader) can't get his message out to the people.

Or is the message the massage? Or the massage the medium?
Of course, once you've seen one plan for victory, you've seen 'em all.
(Sorry, my grandfather was in vaudeville, so it's in the genes.)

Visually the different planes of the various Plan For Victory signs come together a long ways away, if ever.

Plan For Victory looks like the label on the box. What is in the plan? Buy it and find out!!

"Plan" for Victory. Heh. From these clowns? It is so Freudian that they use "Plan" when they are under such heat for their total lack of one. I wonder if they figure that people will be hypnotised if the letters are big enough and the message is repeated often enough.

On the other hand, it is a more uplifting slogan than the more realistic "We have Screwed You"

margaret makes a good point that Bush is more and more acting like a TV evangelist. It's the use of the voice, the language, the pauses, plus the effort of trying to get us to believe in a worldview that is both unbelievable and unscientific.

This image is one of the most surreal yet. Aside from the two overhead lights, microphones and podium it's like a completely blank screen with some minimal infographics splashed across it, and oh yeah, a little president. It's like a Monty Python skit.

Jarring in its presentation, in a very uncomfortable way, I think this is the image that most says "marketing" to me. Like they're not even trying to make it sound real anymore. Or maybe they've just run out of alternatives.

Bush looks like a toy action-figure, that has been stood upright in its packaging.

Since I'm in Canada, it's always hard for us to figure out exactly what is what down there. If I judged it from this forum, nobody's buying it. Yet inevitably many people are - I don't know how or why, but that is what it seems. And frankly, if Bush is acting more and more like a televangelist, that's probably going to get his message out to more people, no? Or am I just being very intellectually lazy here by assuming that a big chunk of the South buys into all this crap?

I for one couldn't even believe this was a real picture. Whoever said it is right out of Monty Python is so right. It looks like an ad more than anything else: appealing words in large, nice looking fonts substituting for anything real behind it all...

The fist thing that came to my mind after seeing the picture, was Bush's quote: ""See in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."

The second thing was another quote: ""If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it."

Plan For Victory # 1 entry on google delivers;

"Establish safe havens to plan attacks and conduct intimidation campaigns. Expand the fight to neighboring states and beyond. OUR STRATEGY FOR VICTORY IS ..." iraq/iraq_strategy_nov2005.html - 123k

1) "safe havens" = green zone + 4 permanent bases...

2) "intimidation campaigns " = Shock & Awe, Fallujah etc

3) "fight neighboring states" = Iran...


"America will not impose our own style of government on the unwilling. Our goal instead is to help others find their own voice, to attain their own freedom and to make their own way."

-- President George W. Bush, January 2005

-- any questions ?

Like Pyrrho, the set reminds me of a low-budget sci-fi television show. Like the 1980s PBS movies or "Hitchhikers Guide" mini-series, where black backgrounds were an inexpensive way to make things appear to be floating in space. It's surreal and unconvincing. It creates a tension where the audience is just waiting for the show to get back to a set so the eye has something familiar to latch onto.

Awww, go easy on the guy, he's still learning on the job. The reason for the triplicate, is that its a launch, they're introducing a new concept. They've got to give people, and themselves, a chance to get used to the idea. And you're missing something. The new plan isn't a victory plan, like with troop movements, rules of engagement, diplomatic support, infrastructure. . . The new plan is that they are going to PLAN. And while we're all dipping our toe in those tricky waters, why not PLAN FOR VICTORY? Beats PLAN FOR CASCADING FAILURE (at least in my book). So stay tuned, the planning will get underway presently (but after the August brush-cutting season).

I thought of that, too, Esoth - "plan" as a verb... And then what does the word "victory" mean?

Victory. Rhymes with JEOPARDY!

This is a game show set; Bush, the game show host. The game where everybody loses.

It is like the set of a game show! And I can picture a panel full of losers to go with Bush: Cheney, Rummy, Condi, Wolfie, Libby, Chalabi, Allawi... although Condi, for one, might be pretty good at Jeopardy (the game).

[I don't use my mobile much and have never been concerned about the ringtone, but now that you sent me to that website, RTBAG, I really want that Jeopardy "Think Music" ringtone!]

The date on this photo is March 22.

On March 21 he's on record saying, "Every war plan looks good on paper, until you meet the enemy..."

I guess 'war plan' and 'plan for victory' are different?

I first saw this picture on the front page of my morning paper and I howled with laughter. In fact, it amused me so much I cut it out so I can put it on the fridge.

Something that you're unable to see in this online version is the tiny man on the right directly under the letter R in the post-it note banner.


That's the title of Andy Borowitz's hilarious take on this same theme. My stomach hurts from laughing. Here's one excerpt, but check out his entire likeminded riff at if you too need a stomachache:

"The gigantic 'Plan for Victory' sign, believed to be the largest slogan placard in human history, will be flown over the nation of Iraq by U.S. Air Force cargo planes and will hover over the country until victory is secured, the president said."

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