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Mar 22, 2010

Health Care: We Shall Overcome (with an Assist to the Teabaggers)

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Credit the Tea Party for helping drive home an analogy far more powerful than Nancy Pelosi marching through the streets of DC with the gavel used to pass Medicare.

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Mar 21, 2010

Health Care. (Exhale.)

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How did Souza, the President's visual go-to guy, mark the historic moment and D.C. "game changer" tonight? By bookending FDR (Social Security) with Obama (health care), while also placing the President equidistant between Franklin and TR. ...Bully!

As for the President himself? (The only guy in shirt sleeves.) On Obama's face, there's an expression you don't see often. It's satisfaction -- though mixed, in that taut chin and the mouth pulled up at the corners, with a look of: "...and you doubted me."

Finally, the sweetest thing. While the staffers and Biden are mostly oriented to the TV, a beaming Gibbs can only admire the Prez.

(photo: Pete Souza/White House. caption: President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and senior staff, react in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, as the House passes the health care reform bill, March 21, 2010.)

As Reform Vote Looms, So do the Haters -- Though it's Not So Easy to Tell

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In light of Saturday's hateful spitting incident during this Capitol Hill anti-health reform rally, and with Republicans like Bachmann willing to stand in front of this a few days before, I continue to wonder how and why these people enamor the traditional press while their more hateful expressions (Obama as waste product; shoot to kill; light up the Capitol) remain mostly confined to Flickr.

(Flickr photo via cjbrenchley)

Mar 19, 2010

The Shrine Down the Hall

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I've been studying Ashley Gilbertson's photos of the bedroom "shrines" of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq. The NYT is featuring 19 of these images, the deceased soldiers -- two women and seventeen men -- having ranged in age from nineteen to twenty-five.

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HCR Update: Nothing to Marbel Over

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If Republicans are spending a lot of time these days predicting doom for the Democrats, news photos seem to be casting more of a pall in their direction.

Approaching the climax of the health care reform battle, there's an interesting resonance here between the Republican top dogs, the bronze Boehner and the likes of Samuel Adams, Robert E. Lee, Sam Houston, Helen Keller, Will Rogers, Father Junipero Serra, George Washington, Daniel Webster and all the others commemorated in the Capitol's Statuary Hall collection.

Yes, Getty photographer Chip Somodevilla captures the figureheads of the "kill the bill/party of no" in an almost ghoulish light. More telling, though, is how the ring of statues reminds us -- in the face of potentially historic legislation -- history's dust bin is filled with lesser mortal.

(caption: Congressional Republican leadership, including House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) (C) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) lead a bicameral group of Republicans into the House of Representatives Chamber ahead of a strategy meeting at the U.S. Capitol March 18, 2010 in Washington, DC. With House Democrats saying they will move forward with a health care reform legislation vote as early as this weekend, Republicans have remained unified in their opposition to the bill.)

DeFence of Gay Rights

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Quite a combination of elements when you put it all together. Dan Choi, who yesterday decided to up the ante on DADT, looks to be crucified, in uniform, on the White House fence.

(photo: AmericaBlog)

Mar 17, 2010

The Hardly Audible anti-HCR Noise Machine. (Or: The Week the Tea Party Became a Caricature of Itself)

Tea Party becomes a joke. (Captain) America in decline.

(Captain) America in decline.


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American Non-Exceptionalism (or: Biden as Chopped Liver)

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If governing truly has become a 200-channel circus and health care is sucking up most of the political oxygen (and the media truly doesn't care about Afghanistan), then Biden is lucky because, otherwise, this little gem -- of the Veep last week in a yarmulke standing before a Jewish star in Israel's military cemetery in Jerusalem after the Israeli's ambushed him with a major announcement about a major building push on the east side of town -- makes Joe look a little like Dukakis in a tank.

(photo: Ariel Schalit/Reuters -Pool. caption: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden walks in Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem March 9, 2010. Biden assured Israel on Tuesday of Washington's commitment to its security and preventing Iran from producing nuclear weapons.)

Mar 16, 2010

It's All Greek To Me

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It's like, how much?

Listening to Tim Geithner's interview with Rachel Maddow last night, it's clear that the Treasury Secretary has undergone a thorough and complete PR overhaul.

Despite the more activist and progressive profile, however, perceptions are hard to change. This photo by Jim LoScalzo shows Geithner with the Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou last week at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington. Take Geithner's complicity during years of Wall Street derivative trading and mortgage abuse, marry that to the Greek financial crisis threatening the euro and the news that the Greek meltdown is also tied to Goldman Sachs and more fun and games with derivatives, and it's not a reassuring picture.

What, for example, gives the public any comfort that Tim can reasonably scale or quantify anything, especially in those five-star rooms with the sense of back room dealings, and that look on the Greek minister's face?

The Sound and the Fury -- for what it is

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A little backlash by the visual media against the right wing's anti-HCR rally at their "Code Red" demonstration in D.C. today? (Besides Mrs. Bachman unable to sustain the outrage, the photo also seems to play on the tea party being exploited by the suits.)

Update 1: Aha! According to Mojo, lot of those Tea Bagger buttons paid for by the RNC. Update 2: Via The Hill: DNC estimates crowd at 300, Freedom Works claims 1000.

(photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images. caption: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) yawns during a 'CODE RED' rally in opposition to the health care reform bill on Capitol Hill March 16, 2010 in Washington, DC. Sponsored by The American Grass Roots Coalition and the Tea Party Express, the rally focused attention and opposition to the congressional Democrats' efforts to push through a final vote on health care reform by the end of the week.)

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