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..)