Bush in Tears


U.S. President George W. Bush re-enters the White House East room to say goodbye to staff and friends after his primetime address in Washington, January 15, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES)

This Bush photo, along with many others, are discussed on Errol Morris’ blog at the nytimes.com. It’s hard to feel sorry for the man after all the colossal mistakes he’s made, but this photo, taken right after his final public address to the nation, makes feel sorry for him. As one of the photo editors who talked with Morris said, it seems pretty obvious that Bush had been weeping right before he returned to the room to privately thank his staff and the press corps for the last time. Most of Morris’s Mirror Mirror on the Wall blog entry concerns the subtle role of photography as political propaganda and the way society--even presidents--have come to view images as aesthetic validations of history. The list of the Bush administration’s failures and lies and outright cronyist greed is just amazing, and Bush’s reaction to a lot of these photographs seems to confirm that he remains incapable of contrition. No surprise, given his genius for denial. Of course he did have one great success...

Anyway, this marks my last post about Bush--call it the final catharsis.
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