If you’ve been following the wires, the tactic of surrounding Bush with service men and women has reached almost manic proportions. It’s one thing to put Dubya on a chow line, but this shot — taken yesterday during a “visit” with the US Coast Guard in Miami — hardly pretends to be incidental.
Let’s line up those war props — uh, I mean crewmen — then have the commander-in-cheese do a runway walk down the broom-swept dock doing his old “smoke ’em out of their holes” strut. Shoot it from a low vantage so that Everyman — with the rolled-up shirtsleeves — looks as big as the ship. Make him perfectly centered with the bridge and lined-up with the vertical red stripe to connote the utmost symmetry (cognitively contradicting the fact that absolutely nothing lines up anymore). Have him move left-to-right, as if he’s always transitioning from the past, yet always (only) halfway.
But next time, kill that self-conscious business with the lips. It clashes with the upward (optimistic), far-off (has the “vision thing”) look.
(…Oops, and there is an American flag. It’s in the insignia — close to the real power!)
(revised for clarity: 7:20 am 8/1/06)
(image : Paul J. Richards/AFP – July 31, 2006. Via YahooNews.)