Thursday, November 1, 2007

Obama not patriotic? See the details

Stick with me on this one friends... politics is crap, but this one is worth the read.
In case you haven't heard yet, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) is being lambasted by the right for his apparent refusal to put his hand on his heart during the singing of the National Anthem last month at an Iowa democratic gathering. I could give a flip about politics these days, but when I saw the picture in question, it was immediately clear to me what was really going on at the moment in question.

We first need to realize that the true meaning of any single moment captured on film is not always a sum of it's parts melded together. Many times, as I was taught in USAF journalism school, the truth is in the details. Here is the picture as it originally appeared in Time Magazine:

At first glance, it does appear that Obama is deliberately refusing to perform his patriotic duty as an American by placing a hand over his heart during the rendering of our nation's anthem. However, the reader and viewer need to realize the context of the day.

First, this gathering took place in Iowa corn country in a pokey town named Indianola. I can't see the rest of the crowd there, but I'd be willing to bet it's full of red-haired, freckle-faced knuckle-dragging hillbillies with side jobs as meth-cookers.
Secondly, the event was a "steak fry." Once again, this supports my contention about the hillbilly factor. No self-respecting red meat eater fries a steak!
Finally, Bill Richardson looks really sexy wearing a gold button sport coat, ToughSkin blue jeans and Dingo boots ... but the wide stance: at the least it looks like a page directly from the book of Larry Craig, or at best, a screen shot from a Brokeback Mountain movie poster.

See below as I have broken the photo down for you:

Finally, if you are very observant, and you're a regular reader of this blog, you've already noticed the very best part of the picture is the beautiful specimen pink Fall mum in the planter basket right in the middle!