Consider the headline and the photograph in today's weekly review of the news.
Let's first examine the headline: "As Health Vote Awaits, Future of a Presidency Waits, Too."
The Times' concern, laughably, is for the Obama legacy, not the hundreds of millions of citizens whose very lives will be impacted by a Rube Goldberg-esque, certain-to-fail, country-bankrupting, Soviet central-planner's wet dream. The Times, of course, has yet to report on the outrageous and illegal attempt to surreptitiously pass the Senate's health care bill. This effort, orchestrated by the House Rules Committee and known as the "Slaughter Rule", threatens to light the fuse on a full-blown Constitutional crisis.
Now consider the Times' choice of imagery to accompany the article.
Let's review the central attributes of the photograph:
- Obama, in what has become a tradition for the media, is deified with lighting that resembles a halo (ever recall the use of similar lighting for George W. Bush?)
- Deification is further emphasized through the use of a cross watermark, courtesy of a mosaic filter
- The focus, however, is on Obama's single upraised finger, the digit pointing towards the heavens, as if to say "I am the one that can save us, as it was foretold by the ancients." Or something.
- The White House, a tiny, nearly transparent reflection, is located below the President; it seemingly says that the man is bigger than the office. He is more real. He is more important. He is the One.
Asked by the American people -- repeatedly -- to concentrate on the economy and job creation, Obama instead flogs a dead horse called socialized medicine that the citizenry detests.
Asked to stop violating the laws and traditions of this country, he instead nationalizes businesses, grows the size of government and creates new entitlements and payoffs for his union backers.
The Times -- and Obama -- are both anachronisms destined for the ash heaps of history. In the latter case, surpassing the detestable James Earl Carter for the title of worst president of all time. That much is already certain.
Update: March 16th in Washington: Stop the Constitution Butchers... Stop Pelosi’s Slaughter House.
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