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July 10, 2007

Those Little People In Washington

Bush-Administration

MSNBC ran an article yesterday on the Iraq “progress report” due to Congress next week.  With failure the theme, the article offered a largish-isolation shot of a squinting George Bush.

The story also linked to a 38 picture slide show.  Do these kind of Administration features normally display that many photos of Bush in isolation?  Bush is in 32 of the shots, and in 17 he is alone (not including 2 with Laura and one with a guard).

Or is Bush’s isolation the point?

Not unrelated, I thought, was this slide from the show.  Taken on June 27, it offers U.N. Ambassador and former Iraq Ambassador Khalilzad; Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Karen Hughes; Bush; and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, Fran Townsend, stopping on their way to the Oval Office.

Zal was so big, and Hughes was big too.  Through the diminished scale, the picture eloquently captures the Administration’s evaporation.

(image: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty.  June 27, 2007.  msnbc.msn.com)

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