I know it's just a bad picture, but man, does he look exactly like a puppet on strings.
Well, we won't get that photo-op anymore.
The guy behind him looks like of like John Perry with a bad dye job.
a very, very pissy, pouty, petulant puppet.
Steve Clemons deserves to feel good about this day.
"like of like" being a second-order resemblance relation, such as are defined in a forthcoming article of mine.
"This sucks. Where's the Nintendo?"
You're in big-boy UN now. Excuse yourself and go to the bathroom already.
It's definitely a bad picture, but man oh man do I hate making fun of the way people look in various pictures, or even drawing inferences about their personality or mental state, etc. I look awkward enough in a lot of pictures when I know someone is snapping a photo and I attempt to look normal; I can only imagine what would turn up if I had people snapping photographs of me more or less all day every day, capturing on film my every move, itch, scratch, expression, and gesture.
It's definitely a bad picture
It's a pretty typical picture, really.
Brock, this is a formal UN meeting, one of like three Bush has shown up for. Other countries' leaders seem to be able to sit still in a dignified manner, and it's not as though this is the only picture of Bush looking bored and annoyed at formal public events.
Threads like this make me idly wonder how many of the often percieved flaws in the UN are directly attributable to US and/or europ. policy w.r.t UN, particularly in limiting it's scope.
Plus, Brock, who's to say that all the inferences people would draw about the pictures of you aren't correct?
Okay, 9 and 10 are both right, so I concede. All I'm saying is that if someone followed me around all day snapping photos, there'd almost certainly be some pretty bad pictures among the results. (And it would be hard to convince me that a lot of reporters who dislike Bush don't deliberately pick bad photos of him for publication.)
I'm generally with Brock here, although with Bush it seems to be hard to get a picture of him not looking like this. But I do disapprove of judging people based on their facial expressions.
I do disapprove of judging people based on their facial expressions.
Whaaa?? People's facial expressions tell you pretty much all you need to know about them (well, that and their voices).
there'd almost certainly be some pretty bad pictures among the results
Yes, and I've made the same point here before, but this isn't Bush simply looking ridiculous (like Kerry with the steak and cheese), it's him with a quite recognizable and quite typical attitude.
she said, a look of stern disapproval tempered by pious resignation coloring her noble features.
But I do disapprove of judging people based on their facial expressions.
I purse my lips and frown at people who do that.
People's facial expressions tell you pretty much all you need to know about them
I also purse my lips and frown at people who pwn me.
Ah, who among us hasn't had that student raise his hand on the first-day roll call?
Gosh, I'm glad I'm not teaching right now.
There's nothing "wrong" with weird facial expressions, except that they reveal your true nature to people you are trying to conceal it from. I'm sure that this problem isn't making anyone here defensive or anything, thank God.
We could just generalize the Scalia ruling (the one-time non-precedent ruling which threw the 2000 election) into a Kantian exception. Anyone can guiltlessly say anything negative whatsoever about Bush, without regard for whether such a statement would be valid if said about anyone else.
I picture it like a basketball game. The UN referee has just whistled a foul, and this is Bush after pouting around the court for the crowd.
15: Maybe if you're looking at someone in motion over an extended period of time. In a still shot, I don't think you can tell much.
by the looks of this picture, dude is mentally no older than 16. that's a "whatever, dude" face if i ever saw one. somewhat unfair characterization? don't care.
He sort of looks like Prince Charles, I think. Perhaps this says something about hereditary forms of government.
"When am I ever going to use this in real life, Mr. Chairman?"
one reason it may be legitimate to infer his attitude from his expression is because he may be using his expression to broadcast his attitude, i.e. he may exactly be encouraging his viewers to draw the inference we're drawing.
Or at any rate, one very like it.
His intended audience is right-wing UN haters. And what he is trying to communicate to them is that he, too, hates and disdains the UN; that he is there under protest, that he refuses to recognize its legitimacy, and so on.
So in a way it is not really like the candid camera problem that Brock and others are worried about. This is not just a look he *happened* to have. This was a look he *intended* to have. It's more dog-whistle messaging, but visual instead of auditory.
God, what I wouldn't give to see that look on his face as they announce sentence at the Hague.