A picture says more than a thousand words

by Volker Weber



I know nothing of the few moments that preceded, or followed, this picture, but is it really quite as crass as it looks?

Is there any report that accompanies this shot, please say that there is - this scene requires some serious mitigation?


John Ash, 2005-09-07

Take a good look at the relative scale of things and the lighting -- it's been 'shopped. It is, however, a pretty good allegory for the reality of the situation.

Stan Rogers, 2005-09-07

Two things,

1) This tricky picture is pure bad taste. I don't like making laugh of people that suffers, even if there's a context text for it.

2) This M****r F****r can't even play a guitar. Look that he is trying to play a G chord in the 4th space. That's disonnant. Like him.


Alex Hernandez, 2005-09-07

Alex, I'd say noone is making a laugh of the people who suffer. Except maybe the guy with the guitar, but that's a completely different story.

Stefan Rubner, 2005-09-08

@ Alex, remembering a Friends episode where Phobe had names for the different chords, I'd say that George is telling it like it is, no matter what space he's in. Seems that second finger is extented all the way out.

Eric Parsons, 2005-09-08

It's been Photoshopped. Which under the circumstances is offensive. There's plenty of REAL examples of his (and others') failures. We sure don't need any made-up ones.

Esther Schindler, 2005-09-08

"While my guitar gently weeps . . . . . ."

Gregg Eldred, 2005-09-08

Barbara Bush giving a sitrep:


»And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway so this is working very well for them.«

:( poor...!

found at: http://rebellmarkt.blogger.de/stories/323139/

Philipp Neata, 2005-09-08

@Esther: Totally agree. This is just worthless - and I agree its bad taste. Don´t need this kind of fakes. Reality is worse then this...

Alexander Kluge, 2005-09-08


I don't think Barbara is saying "very well for them". I hear "roughly".

Eric Garneau, 2005-09-08

Some readers may not be aware that the George Bush portion of this photo was taken Tuesday, August 30, 2005, when New Orleans had been underwater for a full day. He was on a photo op tour at Coronado Naval Base California preaching the gospel of a 'war on terror' and was given the guitar by country music star Mark Wills.

Yes, it is a composite. This picture is a political cartoon - it may be in questionable taste, but it seems that hyperbole has been needed to get the message across. Some people only respond to a strong whack over the head with a blunt instrument. The analogy of the picture is, for any who have missed it, is "Nero fiddled while Rome burned."

@Alex: You don't expect sweet music from Dub-yah at any time, do you?

David Richardson, 2005-09-08


As a long time reader and a "never contributor", thats one of the few times I've laughed out loud at my machine at work. Thanks


Jon Lewis, 2005-09-09

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