May 16, 2009

Anchor’s A Sway

A few days ago, I warned of the Administration starting to visually mimic the militarist BushCo. out of concern for its image on national security and the Afghan war.What’s notable here — in this Navy photo taken aboard the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan on Thursday — is its resonance with the iconic “Mission Accomplished” photo. If it’s a poor comparison on political grounds, I wouldn’t look for an “above deck” Obama photo-op anytime soon. I would, however, expect more images like this one (see caption) from both POTUS and VPOTUS.

(image: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dylan McCord/U.S. Navy, Naval Air Station, North Island, May 14, 2009. caption: Vice President Joe Biden speaks to Sailors on the pier in front of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The Vice President and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, visited Ronald Reagan during a familiarization tour of naval facilities in the San Diego area. Reagan is preparing for its upcoming deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean later this spring. Mission Accomplished image: J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press. May 1, 2003. Biden/troops image: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dominique M. Lasco, Coronado, Calif., May 14, 2009. caption: Vice President Joe Biden places a hand on the shoulder of one of the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) candidates while speaking to them on the beach at Naval Special Warfare Center during his visit to San Diego. BUD/S candidates must complete three phases of training and qualify in advanced training during a yearlong program to become Navy SEALs. Navy SEALs are maritime special operations forces who strike from the Sea, Air and Land.)

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