January 13, 2007

Bush Speech - Sign of the Times

“I am natural and lifelike.”

photo by Eric Draper, The White House

Breaking with long-standing tradition, the White House decided not to let photo journalists take pictures of the president behind the podium after the recent Iraq speech. Instead, they handed out a photo by the official White house photographer.

This forced the wire services to either run a low-quality (but accurate) screen grab of the president’s speech, or go with a promotional photo.

Dennis Brack, a longtime White House photographer and president of the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA), summed it up thusly:

“The speech was a very historic speech of news value, and they elected to manage it as a public relations function.”

Bush kept looking over his shoulder for the “Mission Accomplished” banner.

Posted by James at January 13, 2007 11:02 AM
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The weird thing is, that's not even a very good photo. I mean, why that as opposed to any photo the reporters would take? If you're going to hand out a promotional photo it should look a lot cooler, maybe an action shot or something.

Posted by: DG at January 13, 2007 11:55 AM

Probably got tired of having pictures of him circulating looking like an idiot with his mouth half open or rolling his eyes.

Posted by: Chuck S. at January 13, 2007 12:00 PM

By the way, I should amend what I said. The lighting in the picture is nice. But still, the subject (Bush) looks like a doofus.

Posted by: DG at January 14, 2007 10:39 AM

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