Monday, February 24, 2003

In the interests of fulfilling my daily quota of snarkiness (which I don’t always fulfill in this space, but what the hey), here’s a mental exercise.

:: Step One. Examine the picture below. That nice looking guy in the middle – the distinguished-looking gentleman with the glasses and holding the kid – is the university professor who last week was arrested for various charges relating to terrorism and Al Qaeda.

:: Step Two. Remove the familiar-looking guy standing just left of the Professor, and also remove the familiar-looking woman to that guy’s left. (The one leaning forward to get her head in the shot.) You should now have two vacant positions in the photo. OK?

:: Step Three. In the place where the familiar-looking guy was, insert the forty-second President of the United States.

:: Step Four. In the place where the familiar-looking woman was, insert the current junior Senator from the state of New York.

:: Step Five. Imagine the likely behavior of the national media if the photograph as we’ve just constructed were the real one, as opposed to the actual one we started with.

(And I don't know about any of you, but things like this -- plus that picture of Donald Rumsfeld in the early 1980s shaking Saddam's hand -- have me reaching for my tin-foil hat, pronto.)

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