May 2, 2012

Juxtaposition of the Day: Team Bush vs. Team Obama at the War Theatre

Carney Afghanistan

Bartlett Snow Iraq

If the photo of Bartlett and Snow buttoned down for the helicopter flight into Baghdad wasn’t, itself, like a frame from an old B-movie war comedy, seeing in it contrast with yesterday’s Team Obama transport photo is closer to tragic.

(photo 1: Doug Mills/NYT caption: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, second from left, rides in a helicopter wearing body armor with other White House staff and reporters while traveling with President Barack Obama to Kabul, Afghanistan, May 1, 2012. Obama landed in Kabul Tuesday, on a surprise visit, to sign a strategic partnership agreement with Afghanistan meant to mark the beginning of the end of a war that has lasted for more than a decade. photo 2: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP caption: White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, left, and White House Counselor Dan Barlett, ride in a military helicopter wearing helmets and flak jackets for a trip from Baghdad International Airport to U.S. Embassy in the Greenzone Tuesday, June 13, 2006 in Baghdad, Iraq. Snow and Bartlett traveled with President Bush who made a surprise visit to Baghdad..)

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