Tuesday :: Oct 14, 2003

Maybe I Didn't Make Myself Clear

by pessimist

In my last post, I raised the possibility that George W. Bush is in trouble, that his support might be waning. Among the comments I got were these two:

If you have any doubts about corporate sponsorship, take a close look at his recent fundraising. Posted by Name at October 13, 2003 07:54 AM

As to Bushco fundraising: already there are some anecdotal stories that more donors are opting for the lesser price tickets instead of the supersized ones & that there are more people paying & not showing up than there used to be. This is probably a drop in the bucket & a difference between awesome fundraising & truly awesome fundraising, but it will be telling if the anecdotal ever becomes statistically relevant. These are not donors who rarely donate to candidates or who donate in small amounts. They are professional, big number donors with special interests that Bush addresses. Bush has been fabulous for them--2 tax cuts!! The removal or relaxation of all kinds of pesky environmental & labor regulations, special legislation. Where else are these people going to go? They really should donate lavishly to pay him back for their good fortunate & to see if they can buy another 4 years of Bushco's corporate plundering. Its no surprise that Bush's donors are still donating. They would be literally the last people to turn agaisnt him. If their conscience & their patriotism actually kick in & they stop paying Bushco, it truly will be a turning point. Posted by Hoosiercat at October 13, 2003 12:37 PM

Both statements about support for a candidate or politician are valid, but not what I was talking about. This picture is exactly what I was talking about. Look at how this photo plays into certain attributes of pictures very dear to Christians - the humble pose with downturned head, the background forming a halo as if to imply saintliness. Look at the similarities Bush's picture has with this image.

This is what I mean by support. Not money.

The images presented above are not the only photographic presentations of the attributes of George W. Bush. Take this photo, intended to make W look very thoughtful, or this one, intended to convey an impression of his being Presidential, what ever that means. And wouldn't this photo make you think W could be your best buddy?

These are all very positive images of a man of whom we don't think very positively. Here's an image that is blatant in it's negative impression of Bush. I hope someone apologized to the chimp. Here's another one that doesn't show Bush in a positive light.

This picture of Bush is very subtle in its imagery. It implies that Bush is a pillar of strength, for you are known by the company you keep. In this photo, he's keeping company with strong columns holding up the heavy roof. On the other hand, there's this photo, which implies Bush is a stumblebum.

I've noticed some changes in how W is PICTURED: more bent-over, scrowling, and tired-looking. In short: NIXONESQUE. Not clownish, but SCARY. I wonder whether he looks this way all the time now, or whether cameramen (sic), photographers and editors are simply selecting these images to show.
Posted by Victor at October 13, 2003 11:20 AM

Victor knows what I'm suggesting.

The image projection support isn't limited to pictures. As Matt Davis points out:

He will be cut less slack with every misstep. His idiocy will start to be covered qua idiocy; no longer will it be construed as, say, moral clarity. Posted by Matt Davis at October 13, 2003 04:55 AM

I'm going to steal a couple of lines intended to convey certain image representations and apply them to me as a way of demonstration:

You are the eternal optimist. Posted by Name at October 13, 2003 07:54 AM

OK, if you say so.

It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Posted by Matt Davis at October 13, 2003 04:55 AM

What what if I'm not a nice guy? Does this mean that the typical blog reader will think I am?

This how it would play in the media world - for you are what they present, at least on that day.

So watch the news, read the papers, but keep an eye on the images. These are used to tell their own stories, and they do.

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