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I love how the White House photo gallery offered Laura Bush as the picture of innocence at Tuesday night’s USO dinner in D.C. In her speech (in recognition of her receipt of the 2007 USO Service Award), Mrs. Bush patronized American troops wounded in Iraq, and even managed to highlight the IED reference and a plug for Walter Reed. used the USO as a foil to defend the treatment of war wounded at military hospitals, such as Walter Reed, and also reinforce the deadliness of (those supposedly Iranian-made) IED’s.
With the Administration on the verge of confrontation with Iran, however, this harder-edged A.P. shot seemed to more closely approximate the current mood.
(Revised for content. 6:27 pm EST)
(image 1: Shealah Craighead/White House. March 27, 2007. Arlington, Va. whitehouse.gov. image 2: Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP via YahooNews.)