Todd Krainin at Reason describes how the Obama administration has attempted to monopolize the way their guy is portrayed to the public, particularly through official White House photographs.
You’ve seen these pictures, no doubt. Whether commemorating Rosa Parks’ refusal to move to the back of the bus or the moon landing, Barry’s PR staff always manages to create a dramatic Kodak moment in which the preshizzle essentially photo-bombs history. I’m surprised we haven’t seen him standing in a boat on the Delaware River in the winter, wrapped in a cloak, or maybe walking in the surf with a corncob pipe in his gob. Perhaps those images are too war-like. How about pottering around Yasgur’s farm in a tie-dyed t-shirt, or laying a wreath on the grave of banjo-plucking commie Pete Seeger? He missed a golden opportunity last year to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of farm-labor organizer Cesar Chavez – imagine Obama standing in a field in California, silhouetted against the rising sun, gravely contemplating a head of lettuce (with purposeful overtones of Hamlet and the skull of Yorick).
I just got an email from the White House: “Why don’t you apply for a rotation to the President’s PR staff? Bring your camera!”
No, thanks. I’m currently working on a photo layout featuring Ted Cruz and the Alamo (with Karl Rove photoshopped in as General Santa Ana).