Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Obama Card (political satire)

Even the Republican National Committee comes up with a good one occasionally.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Air Force One Over the Statue of Liberty

It is a lovely thing, a Boeing 747; and a powerful one. Its crisp blue and white contours dominate the sky. The American flag on its tail and the words "United States of America" define this bird as Air Force One, symbol of the imperial Presidency.

It was a terrific photo op, or should have been had it not struck fear into the hearts of 9/11-shocked New Yorkers, long unused to the close approach of 747s.

The photograph, now made public, shows Air Force One in its ultra-clean glory filling the sky over the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. The plane seems unnaturally large, as if it is the Presidency itself writ large, Caesar rather than Christ. Power over Liberty, quite literally, as the Statue below seems a insignificant splotch of green barely visible at the bottom of an unnatural, constricted perspective.

The photograph shows something uncomfortably close to the truth, and the events surrounding it something more. For as Liberty recedes, and the Presidency grows in power and arrogance, the people run screaming from the scene, in terror for their lives.

As well they should.