March 5, 2008

Our Man In Ohio #5: Taking It To The Bank

This is the last in a 48 hour series of Ohio primary dispatches from photojournalist and BNN Contributer Alan Chin.

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In Hillary’s triumph, this old hall gives the moment an historical feel, the confetti conjuring a ticker tape parade, or even a convention balloon drop.


In a bold, if largely overlooked statement, Bill Clinton — though thanked by name — was, for the first time, completely erased from a primary evening.


The spotlight on this TV producer — stoic amidst the emotion — speaks to the stark contrast between two beasts feeding off of (and, on) each other, one being big media, and the other, the contemporary presidential juggernaut.


In spite of the celebratory mood, the victory speech was tough and mocking.  At one point, Clinton parroted her opponent’s "narrative of hope" by talking in near-rhyme.  At the conclusion, the Obama call-and-response "yes we can" was refashioned into "yes we will."  Or, was it: "yes she will?"


The intensity of emotion and the release of energy was apparently nothing that could be gleaned through television.


Clinton was awe inspiring — perhaps, with an emphasis on the awe.

(image: ©Alan Chin. Columbus, Ohio. March 4, 2008.  Used by permission)

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