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Obama’s Moment of Silence Photo Op

The press was barred from witnessing a moment of silence President Obama privately observed Monday for the victims of the Boston bombings, allowing the White House to release its own carefully staged photo of the event.

Other than that the White House decided it wanted Americans to view Obama’s concern for the victims, it’s unclear why the event was staged or what value it had to the public.

Presidents rarely engage in this type of private symbolism, which has regal sense to it – the leader presuming that citizens will want to know he has paternal concern for them and possesses a deep sense of empathy. Obama could easily have taken the more traditional route  for the leader of a republic and led the nation together in a moment of silence.

Or he could have privately observed the moment without mentioning it to anyone.

The White House has in fact been carefully cultivating Obama’s image in response to the attacks, releasing a series of photos showing him gathering with aides and making phone calls.

On top of the obvious public relations display, these at least have the practical value of showing citizens that the president is on top of a dangerous situation.

Below is the photo the White House provided Monday.

Obama moment of silence

124 Responses to Obama’s Moment of Silence Photo Op

  1. Keith, it doesn’t look like he’s praying.
    It looks like he’s practicing his putting stance for his next golf.

    He’ll definitely be going out this week. It’s Reggie Love’s Bday.

  2. H/T to Susan. BO’s media handlers (photo ops) are probably the best in the business. His visits in TX later this week will be more open to the media, which never does well for him. I wonder if GW will let him speak at the Library opening? :-) (Hope not).

  3. Where did Michelle observe this moment ?

    It’s almost as though they realized what a silly statement that was to say he was observing the moment privately-no press. So why announce he was doing it at all?

    • The Big MO has been AWOL since after the election. She doesn’t
      want to do First Lady duties and yes I know she’s a busy ‘single
      Mom’ but I don’t think we will see much her this term. Did you
      see the look on her face at the Memorial which I think she had to
      go to because she wasn’t must have forced her.
      The ladies on a site that worship her flip flops had a rundown of
      her outfit down to the shoes. Seriously it was a like a funeral not
      a gala so as long as we have boatloads of these brain dead
      followers we’ve got rough sailing. Seriously I think you should
      not only have a photo ID but an IQ test rating higher that of a potted plant!

  4. Mr. President – step to the right, now clutch your hands – lower your head just a big more – a little more to the left – perfect, now hold your breath and stand perfectly still – thank you Mr. President.

    Look at me – I feel your pain, just ask me.

    What a flipping joke. There simply are no words – ran out of them a very long time ago.

  5. …interesting piece in the Sunday Mpls Strib (of all places) – the writer mentions Fort Hood, Tucson, Aurora, New Jersey, New York, Newtown, Boston, Texas, where the president “has already had to console. It is part of the symbolic duty of presidents, after all.
    But he has precious few successes to show as president….this president may wind up known more for consoling than anything else…millions remain out of work; millions have lost their homes…But at this rate, a snapshot of this era taken from the future may well show images of fear and tragedy, and of a tall, lonesome-looking president at memorials, hospital beds and gravesides.
    It is probably not the legacy he would have wanted.”
    The writer is Richard Parker, a regular contributor to the NYT, the Columbia Journalism Review, the New Republic and McClatchey-Tribune.
    (So here’s yet one more dose of the photo-op-hungry o – probably chewing gum.)

    I note all these events are domestic; they do not take into account the debacle this administration has made of Foreign Affairs. Still it’s an interesting piece in an unlikely place.

  6. Moment of silence, like Benghazi or Like the silence on Fast & Furious? Maybe it’s like his silence of making a mockery of our immigration system, allowing and condoning the lowest of foreigners who contribute nothing and play the taxpayers like a Stravarious. Kinda like that silence?

    • It may have been staged along with the Skeet Shooting, Football Posing, and Sit Room Sitting shots. When his speech writers can’t come up with a thousand words, there’s always an op photo.

  7. If only he would stay in that spot. One of the commenters recently went off the rails with the “damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t” argument. Well, Oboutme might well be damned, but the reason he is in that conundrum is because he insinuates himself into EVERYTHING. That is everything political. Or, everything and anything except actually doing real work, leadership, or providing positive results. This picture, predictable as it was, is just another example of why not to trust this sanctimonious SOB.

  8. Kudos Susan – you called it!

    I looked at the clock as Obama was leaving the kiddie’s science fair festivities. It was exactly 2:40 p.m. He had exactly ten minutes to find his way to the Oval Office with the help of his GPS.

    He had a gaggle of reporters and TV cameras following him around the entire day – why didn’t he take that opportunity to engage the entire gathering in that ‘moment of silence’???

    The answer is simple. He is a malignant narcissistic SOB who is only concerned with stagecraft and Pete Souza’s output. It’s all about ‘Obama the Singular’! The Oval Office is used only for photo ops!
    What an absolute disgrace!!!

    • Good catch. He could have spent that 10 minutes gathering the kids and accompanying adults for an impromtu moment of silence in front of the press. It was only for a minute, why the rush back to the WH for the “pose” ?

  9. And now, a moment of silence…

    *camera click – camera click – camera click – camera click – camera click – camera click – camera click – camera click – camera click – camera click – camera click*

    Thank-you, Mr. President – I think we got it.

  10. Everything this narcissist does is all about HIM–he is the most evil disgraceful lying SOB we’ve every had in “Our House”!

    All Americans should be disgusted (of course those receiving govt “freebies” won’t be) by this publicity seeking whore! (sorry about the language)

  11. The real “moment of silence” was the moment America witnessed two bombs being exploded at a benign sporting event. We all sat in front of our TV stuck dumb by the carnage and aftermath.

  12. You know, at some point I’m going to stop being shocked by these sorts of things. I don’t know when, but it’s got to stop at some point…

  13. Seriously? Were there eye-side tears? I know I am being bitchy–but honestly, I don’t think he can remain silent for as long as this would have taken. But still, someone had an interlude of peace.

  14. Why is it that Obama constantly releases pictures of himself. He is the worst narrcissist to ever hold the office. If he is ‘praying’ then why isn’t he on his knees? Looks like he is about to pee on the flag in front of him. It wouldn’t be the first time.

  15. A week after Benghazi the trained bear was still telling the American people it was the result of an anti-Muslim video. Why does the Boston event get such respect and Benghazi gets such silence. Painful silence. Why was there not a photo shoot of the trained bear giving a moment of silence for the Benghazi victims? Has he even spoken to the families yet?

  16. A man who has to release a photo showing that he cars oh-so-much cares not-that-much.

    While I rarely agreed with his politics or policies, I respected the man.

    I no longer respect him. I think he’s petty and small and ignorant. January 2017 can’t come soon enough. He can fade into history with all the other presidents.

  17. Is he staring at his vegetable patch ?
    Barry is always ambigous, this picture could never offend his Muslim friends. It means nothing.

    • I know! I want it to be a caption contest. how about:

      “I really should be out there working on my slice.”

      not very original, but it’s moderately insulting, and that’s what I was going for.

  18. how did Chris Matthews cover this, do we know? I can imagine Chris getting all sniffly describing how majestic Obama was in his grief…

  19. Okay… There are a couple of things to mention about this. I’ve begun to notice that in all of the President’s photo-ops in the Oval Office, there isn’t anything on his desk – except his phone and Blackberry. Why IS that? Doesn’t he have anything to do all day?

    Another thing… where is his putter? But that’s another story………….

  20. hmmm… I wonder if that’s an authentic Remington “Bucking Bronco” or just a cheap imitation? My guess: it’s the latter… just like Obama: pretending to be deep in thought.

    Can someone identify the picture above the fake bronze?

    • It’s an original painting entitled “Working on the Statue of Liberty” by Norman Rockwell. It was on the July 6, 1946 cover of The Saturday Evening Post. Spielberg owned the original and donated it to the White House when chester the molester was president.