May 23, 2010


When you look at enough pictures in a week, you can’t help but see patterns with unintended ironies.

For example, the photo of the dragonfly in Louisiana trying to clean oil off its wings was published the day before the Obama’s state dinner for the Mexican President.

The tent on the South Lawn was decorated with Monarch butterflies in honor of President Calderón.  The butterfly migrates from Canada to his home town of Michoacán every spring.

(photo 1: Gerald Herbert/AP. caption: A dragonfly tries to clean itself as it is stuck to marsh grass covered in oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in Garden Island Bay on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana near Venice, Tuesday, May 18, 2010. photo 2: Lawrence Jackson/White House. caption: Monarch butterflies decorate the State Dinner reception tent on the South Lawn of the White House, May 19, 2010, in honor of President Felipe Calderón and his birthplace of Michoacán, Mexico. The Monarch butterfly makes its annual migration from Canada to Michoacán in early spring each year. photo 3:David Lienemann/White House. caption: Dr. Jill Biden listens to music during the State Dinner reception in a tent on the South Lawn of the White House, May 19, 2010. Seated at the table with Dr. Biden is Vice President Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor Tony Blinken.)

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