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A Picture is Worth... (Bush picture in Chile)
The Observer (University of Notre Dame and St. Mary's College) ^ | 11/22/2004 | Ken Fowler

Posted on 11/22/2004 11:20:31 AM PST by kfowler1

Inside Column

"A Picture's Worth..." by Ken Fowler

It's tough to describe adequately a powerful picture with pedestrian words, but there are some times when it's worth trying. One I saw Saturday night deserves the effort, as it accomplishes what only the great pieces of art do - it tells the story of something seemingly unrelated to the subject matter that is terribly important.

On the left, this photo shows Chilean President Ricardo Lagos and first lady Laura Bush smiling at reporters as they enter the ballroom in which an APEC gala dinner is about to commence. To the right, President Bush has stopped his progress, and he appears to be deciphering the reason for the commotion coming from the background.

He is stuck between going forward and turning back to resolve the problem.

In this case, his problem is that a Chilean police officer refused Bush's top on-site Secret Service agent entrance into the building. Clearly, a question of security arises when a foreign police force prevents the American president's personal security detail from escorting him into a large building.

Stuck with the options of either continuing on the path set before him - walking away from the confrontation and trusting a foreign force to maintain security and safety in what could be a dangerous situation - or going back and ending the possible security threat immediately, Bush chose the latter. Not surprised at the decision? Then picture is doing its job.

The scene that ensued was not as breathtaking as some have made it out to be. Bush reached into the pile and snapped his fingers, and the dispute was settled - the Chilean police would allow his Secret Service agent into the dinner. It took a little while for the scene to calm down, but Bush's presence was the deciding factor in how the situation would turn out.

In analyzing the sequence of events, maybe you will affectionately joke about the brazen attitude of our cowboy president and that he solves problems the way real people do.

On the other hand, the Pacers-Pistons brawl may come to mind, and you might think that the most powerful man in the world should not be meddling in the middle of a melee.

Whatever you think of the situation, the picture itself includes that story of something completely unrelated but incredibly important - a foreign leader walking ahead (to the left) as an American president, to the right, says "Hold on, I have to take care of something."

It demonstrates how tough decisions can tumult a president and a country, and it embodies the active, provocative policy of the Bush administration in foreign lands.

In a picture full of personifications, that's the overriding theme; in a world full of analogies, that's the main conflict of the day.

Here's hoping that Bush can solve the world's problems like he solved the one on Saturday.

The views expressed in the Inside Column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: apec; art; brawl; bush; bushisababe; chile; fracas; gwb; melee; picture; pictures; secretservice; usss
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1 posted on 11/22/2004 11:20:32 AM PST by kfowler1
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To: kfowler1

The picture to me just shows a man who sees a problem
and instead of ignoring it, hoping it goes away,
fixes it!! That's why I like him.


2 posted on 11/22/2004 11:26:46 AM PST by groovychick
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To: kfowler1
Bush reached into the pile and snapped his fingers, and the dispute was settled ...


3 posted on 11/22/2004 11:26:47 AM PST by Quilla
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To: Quilla

Yeah, okay, I'll marry him.


4 posted on 11/22/2004 11:27:53 AM PST by freepertoo
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To: kfowler1

To use Theresa Heinz's words "SHOVE IT"


5 posted on 11/22/2004 11:27:54 AM PST by princess leah (\)
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To: kfowler1

BTTT


6 posted on 11/22/2004 11:28:13 AM PST by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: freepertoo
FOFLOL!!!!!

Get in line, girl.

7 posted on 11/22/2004 11:28:43 AM PST by Quilla
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To: freepertoo

No! He's mine.


8 posted on 11/22/2004 11:30:27 AM PST by Trust but Verify (Their candidate uses rock stars to attract crowds. Ours IS a rock star!)
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To: freepertoo

LOL...you mean the President? :)


9 posted on 11/22/2004 11:30:34 AM PST by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: princess leah

Why did you bring Teresa up? Now I miss her ;) Where are my white raisins and my gin?


10 posted on 11/22/2004 11:31:22 AM PST by grandpiano007 (http://billclintondailydiary.blogspot.com You want fries with that shake?)
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To: Quilla

Is he home today? I'm hoping he left that god-forsaken place and came home.


11 posted on 11/22/2004 11:31:22 AM PST by angcat
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To: freepertoo

I want him, too!


12 posted on 11/22/2004 11:32:14 AM PST by KittyKares
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To: freepertoo

LOL!


13 posted on 11/22/2004 11:32:43 AM PST by mombonn ( íViva Bush/Cheney! Dukakis and Kerry are the matching bookends of the Bush era.)
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To: kfowler1

I go into a self-imposed news blackout on the weekends and I didn't hear about this.

After hearing about what happened I am more confident than ever that I voted for the right person on November 2nd.

Bush ROCKS!


14 posted on 11/22/2004 11:33:04 AM PST by nuffsenuff
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To: Lady In Blue

Good article, Lady!

GWB Is The Man!


15 posted on 11/22/2004 11:33:07 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: angcat

I'm afraid he went to Columbia today, of all places. I'll be glad when he's home too.


16 posted on 11/22/2004 11:33:25 AM PST by Quilla
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

(((LOL...you mean the President? :))))

Yeah, when Laura's tired of him. Cough.


17 posted on 11/22/2004 11:34:00 AM PST by freepertoo
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To: freepertoo

Maybe we can clone him.


18 posted on 11/22/2004 11:34:34 AM PST by KittyKares
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To: freepertoo

O.K., ladies. Eat your hearts out. I married a man like that 43 years ago and he still looks fabulous to me today. Lucky me!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dagny


19 posted on 11/22/2004 11:35:47 AM PST by Dagny Taggart
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To: freepertoo
Snort! LOL Thanks for making me laugh today..I really needed it! :)
20 posted on 11/22/2004 11:37:29 AM PST by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: Quilla

sorry to be nit-picky, but that isn't Bush's hand. its the guy with glasses, to the left of Bush. Bush's hand is in the scrum, but its down lower grabbing a hold of his SS agent.


21 posted on 11/22/2004 11:38:13 AM PST by UWhusky
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To: Quilla

Oh boy, I am going to be very nervous. I wish I had his cell phone number I would tell him to get the hell home! :)


22 posted on 11/22/2004 11:38:38 AM PST by angcat
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To: kfowler1
Question: Why can't I picture sKerry doing that? Answer: Because he's a girlieman


23 posted on 11/22/2004 11:39:33 AM PST by add925 (The Left = Xenophobes in Denial)
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To: KittyKares

(((Maybe we can clone him.)))

Ho-KAY! But I get the original!


24 posted on 11/22/2004 11:39:36 AM PST by freepertoo
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To: Dagny Taggart

(((O.K., ladies. Eat your hearts out. I married a man like that 43 years ago and he still looks fabulous to me today. Lucky me!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dagny)))

Lucky you, INDEED!!


25 posted on 11/22/2004 11:40:48 AM PST by freepertoo
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To: kfowler1

26 posted on 11/22/2004 11:46:33 AM PST by anonymoussierra
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To: kfowler1

Its still hard for me to believe that the Chileans are so badly organized that the President of the United States had to personally intervene in order to get his Secret Service personnel into the hall.

I love these pictures and what they represent. Just walked over and took charge. I love a "can do" kind of man.


27 posted on 11/22/2004 11:46:35 AM PST by Roses0508
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To: Dagny Taggart

Congratulations :) Glad to see two people so strong!


28 posted on 11/22/2004 11:49:43 AM PST by Sockdologer (The Cookie Bakin' Conservatives are tired of being backstabbed)
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To: Quilla

Have you looked at this photo uncropped? Note the gun on the hip of the Chilean in front (both arms apparently engaged holding back an American agent). The President a few feet away, at top right. AmericanInTokyo wrote, "THIS to me was the most disturbing photo I have seen in a long time. For the obvious reasons."

As another poster wrote, "I can't think of another instance in modern history that a President personally went against armed foreign nationals."


29 posted on 11/22/2004 11:50:42 AM PST by StayAt HomeMother
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To: StayAt HomeMother

Yes, I noticed the gun on that gent's hip over the weekend. Actually, there's no telling how many unseen guns were within a few feet of our President at that moment. Disturbing indeed!


30 posted on 11/22/2004 11:53:59 AM PST by Quilla
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To: kfowler1

Contrast this image of W supporting his Secret Service guys, with Kerry swearing at his SS body guard when he tripped himself skiing. Who's got the right stuff and who's just full of stuff?


31 posted on 11/22/2004 11:55:36 AM PST by Big Digger (If you can keep your head when others are losing theirs, you must be a Republican)
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To: KittyKares
Maybe we can clone him.

I'd like to put in my order right now for one of those. C.O.D is not a problem.

32 posted on 11/22/2004 11:57:49 AM PST by SouthernFreebird
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To: StayAt HomeMother

First of all..............he's the President of the U.S., why would the Chileans not let his S.S. person in? Come on, I would supose all world leaders would be allowed that security. I would expect Chirac, Blaire, any of them to have their own security as well. I think it showed a lot of boldness by GW to approach that huddle, who knows what could have happened. I pray daily that the Lord will protect him and Laura, and VP Cheney and Lynn. I think we should all do so.


33 posted on 11/22/2004 11:59:54 AM PST by cccellar
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To: kfowler1

The secret service agent in question is the president's personal bodyguard.


34 posted on 11/22/2004 12:01:12 PM PST by OldFriend (PRAY FOR MAJ. TAMMY DUCKWORTH)
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To: Dagny Taggart

Of course, Dagny Taggart would have nothing other than the very bestest!!!


35 posted on 11/22/2004 12:02:25 PM PST by OldFriend (PRAY FOR MAJ. TAMMY DUCKWORTH)
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To: add925

OMG, that is sooooo hilarious.


36 posted on 11/22/2004 12:04:03 PM PST by iceskater (No nation or state ever taxed itself into prosperity.)
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To: Roses0508
The unholy alliance of the Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats only exists because they have convinced the younger generation that Pinochet was a Fascist and anyone who supports the Right is equivalent to Hitler, Mussolini and the Big Bad Wolf combined.

Its a miracle that the the Chilean economy is strong enough the survive such incompetance.

37 posted on 11/22/2004 12:05:03 PM PST by Clemenza (Gabba Gabba Hey!)
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To: UWhusky; anonymoussierra

You're absolutely correct. I can see that clearly now in the 9th picture anonymoussierra posted at #26 above. Thank you both.


38 posted on 11/22/2004 12:06:06 PM PST by Quilla
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To: kfowler1

http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20041120-113709-8651r.htm


39 posted on 11/22/2004 12:08:33 PM PST by baseballmom (You Know Where I Stand - GW Bush - 9/2/04 We're standing with you, Mr. President)
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To: freepertoo
Ok, here's one for all you ladies
40 posted on 11/22/2004 12:09:13 PM PST by treeclimber ("We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless." GWB 2001)
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41 posted on 11/22/2004 12:11:52 PM PST by treeclimber ("We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless." GWB 2001)
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To: angcat
LOL! I can see it now in the middle of some press conference....(phone rings) Mr. President?(long pause) .....Yes..........Please come home....
42 posted on 11/22/2004 12:12:31 PM PST by Americanchild
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To: StayAt HomeMother

Didn't you see "Independence Day" and "Air Force One"?


43 posted on 11/22/2004 12:13:10 PM PST by FNG
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To: kfowler1

The posted article is poorly reasoned and just as poorly written.


44 posted on 11/22/2004 12:15:59 PM PST by Wolfstar (Counting down the days to when the new White House puppy arrives.)
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To: kfowler1

At a presser in Colombia,GWB was just questioned about this incident , and the subsequent cancelling of the state dinner in his honor for 200 people in Santiago.

He deftly deflected the question, saying he had a fantastic meeting in Chile, and talked about how appreciateve he was of the hospitality shown to him and Laura by President Lagos.


45 posted on 11/22/2004 12:16:18 PM PST by baseballmom (You Know Where I Stand - GW Bush - 9/2/04 We're standing with you, Mr. President)
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To: baseballmom
A similar and interesting take:
46 posted on 11/22/2004 12:19:13 PM PST by Greek (GEORGE THE THIRD IN 08)
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To: treeclimber

Now you expect me to WORK the rest of the day???


47 posted on 11/22/2004 12:19:45 PM PST by freepertoo
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To: Quilla

Best photo so far of the Chile incident.


48 posted on 11/22/2004 12:20:08 PM PST by dennisw (G_D: Against Amelek for all generations)
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To: Quilla

Thank you


49 posted on 11/22/2004 12:21:35 PM PST by anonymoussierra
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To: StayAt HomeMother
As another poster wrote, "I can't think of another instance in modern history that a President personally went against armed foreign nationals."

I guess you never saw "Airforce One" with Harrison Ford.

50 posted on 11/22/2004 12:22:37 PM PST by dennisw (G_D: Against Amelek for all generations)
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