Washington Post: In Conservative Marriages, There Are No Embraces

The Washington Post critic Philip Kennicott provides a lengthy analysis of a photo of the Obamas embracing. This photo — of a married couple hugging each other — is so revolutionary and breathtaking because, well, I’ll let Kennicott explain it to you loveless rubes:

  1. Tommy De Seno
    C

    All that analysis and the real story is some campaign staffer said, “Look I’m busy just tweet this one.”

  2. William McClain

    Romney tweets same picture of him and Anne, headline: “Romney Picture Reinforces Dominant-male Stereotype.” Exegesis points to Anne’s face not being pictured, Romney’s arms being lower than Anne’s, and Romney’s watch costing more money than average salary of auto worker.

    It’s called post-Modernism; it’s a joke.

  3. William McClain

    To wit, “The Photograph is an extended, loaded evidence — as if it caricatured not the figure of what it represents (quite the converse) but its very existence … The Photograph then becomes a bizarre medium, a new form of hallucination: false on the level of perception, true on the level of time: a temporal hallucination, so to speak, a modest shared hallucination (on the one hand ‘it is not there,’ on the other ‘but it has indeed been’): a mad image, chafed by reality.” -Roland Barthes

  4. ctruppi

    That’s why liberal women need free bith control.  All that hugging eventually leads to you-know-what!! 

  5. Tim H.

    To quote:  ”Unlike many images of political marriage in which the man lays claim to his wife through a symbolically possessive gesture — touching her shoulder, raising her hand up or kissing — the embrace between these two people seems mutual.”

    [Although note the opening sentences:  "The photograph...shows the president embracing his wife..."]

    Let me quote Billy Madison:

    Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  6. Crow

    The Limitless Possibilities of Mutuality sounds like a song by a self-parodying post-rock band.

  7. George Savage

    Until now, I thought Rorschach tests relied on inkblots.  Mr Kennicott proves otherwise.

  8. Mr. Bildo

    This is, indeed, how the masses worship their royals.

  9. Crow

    Abigail Adams is rolling over in her grave.

  10. Pseudodionysius

    Caption:

    “Thank you for picking up your socks. I’m flying to Spain.”

  11. Misthiocracy

    I think a big reason the photo “went viral” is not because of what it says about the president, but because of what it says about the first lady.

    Thanks largely to her campaign to dictate to Americans what they can and can’t eat, and to forcibly “get them moving” like an ancient Roman rowing team (slaves, Roman rowers were slaves), as well as the abundant number of photos of her scowling like my cat when I don’t clean his litterbox quickly enough, she has a bit of a reputation as a cold, humourless, sourpuss with ice-water for blood.

    I don’t think the photo is surprising because it shows the president in a warm embrace.  It’s surprising because it shows the first lady in a warm embrace.

    Note, however, that we cannot see the first lady’s face in this photo…

  12. Crow

    Misthios! Dost mine eyes deceive me? Is that not thine olde avatar, returned to service!?

    Ah. Um. Sorry that was totally off topic…..*buttons suit coat, adjusts tie, walks away quickly*

  13. Robert Promm
    “The whole system of my politics is summed up in this one verse.  The times look awfully dark indeed; and as the clouds grow thicker  the stupidity of the nation seems proportionally to increase.  If the Lord had not a remnant here, I would have very formidable  apprehensions.  But He loves His children; some are sighing and mourning before Him,   and I am sure He hears their sighs, and sees their tears.  I trust there is mercy in store for us at the bottom; but I expect a shaking  time before things get into a right channel – - -before we are humbled,  and are taught to give Him the glory.  The state of the nation, the state of the church – - – both are deplorable!  Those who should be praying – - – are disputing and fighting among themselves!  Alas! how many professors are more concerned for  the mistakes of  government – - – than for their own sins! “ Letters of John Newton 1725-1807 — the author of Amazing Grace

    The more things change the more they remain the same!

  14. She

    “Merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative.”

    What absolute tripe.

    Also, please tell me where, in the Constitution, is the position of  ’First Lady’ defined?

  15. Michael Hornback

    A picture is worth a 1000 words.  No one said they couldn’t be worthless ones. 

  16. Tim H.
    She: Also, please tell me where, in the Constitution, is the position of  ’First Lady’ defined? 

    I’m not bothered by the custom of “First Lady,” but it grates on me to hear “First Family,” “First Daughter,” and “First Dog.”  

    No.  No, no, no!  It’s when it gets to that point that my republican hackles are raised.

  17. She
    Tim H.

    She: Also, please tell me where, in the Constitution, is the position of  ’First Lady’ defined? 

    I’m not bothered by the custom of “First Lady,” but it grates on me to hear “First Family,” “First Daughter,” and “First Dog.”  

    No.  No, no, no!  It’s when it gets to that point that my republican hackles are raised. · 0 minutes ago

    It’s the slippery slope.  If there was no “First Lady,” there wouldn’t be a “First Family,” “First Daughter” and “First Dog.”  I think you guys fought a revolution to get away from that sort of thing . .  .

  18. Cuban Mike

    News to my wife.

    I’m so tired of this nonsense.

    Because I’m a Republican I’m a racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe.  I’m the embodiment of evil to the people who re-elected Obama.  I’m a Cuban immigrant, with a black wife and a baby daughter, working middle class man. 

    The lie is winning over the truth.

  19. Casey

    Aw… now isn’t that nice.

  20. with me where I am

    And we wonder why the English major is such a low-earning degree…

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