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    A headline so obsequious even NY Times had to change it

    A headline so obsequious even NY Times had to change it

    Remember that Indelible Image of a Boy’s Pat on Obama’s Head?

    You know, the one that was so indelible that no one remembered it, and the NY Times felt compelled to remind you how indelible it was with a headline “Indelible Image of Boy’s Pat on Obama’s Head.”

    Memeorandum capatured the headline, as did Google Cache:

    It was an effort worthy of September 2008, with a focus on race and the historic racial implications of Obama’s race and the role race will play in an election and what race means in the race.  And it all was indelible!

    As a candidate and as president, Mr. Obama has avoided discussing race except in rare instances when he seemed to have little choice — responding to the racially incendiary words of his former pastor, for example, or to the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Florida. Some black leaders criticize Mr. Obama for not directly addressing young blacks or proposing policies specifically for them.

    Yet the photo is tangible evidence of what polls also show: Mr. Obama remains a potent symbol for blacks, with a deep reservoir of support. As skittish as White House aides often are in discussing race, they also clearly revel in the power of their boss’s example.

    Ann Althouse properly characterized the effort:

    NYT digs back 3 years into the photo files to find something super-sentimental…

    … in a touching effort at boosting the Obama reelection campaign.

    Kudos, NYT! You’ve made it all very clear.

    In fact, it was an effort so transparently obsequious that even the NY Times could not stomach the headline, changing it to “When a Boy Found a Familiar Feel in a Pat of the Head of State.”

    If you had any doubt that the general election had started, these indelible images should disabuse you of that notion.


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    MaggotAtBroadAndWall | May 24, 2012 at 11:46 am

    It’s a very cute photo, for sure.

    The impact on me is this:

    1) I recognize the photographer was either skilled or lucky to photograph a very unique image. Duly noted.

    2) My contempt for the NYT increases as they manufactured a phony “news” story so they could run a 3 year old photo in an attempt to favorably manipulate its readers feelings about Obama. Duly noted.

    3) The NYT’s manipulative attempt failed. My feelings for Obama have not changed. Duly noted.

    It’s going to be a long five months.

    pilgrim1949 | May 24, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Yuppers, I’m sure that’s EXACTLY what MLK, Jr., had in mind as the exalted ideal of a color-blind (as opposed to the Libs’ color-BIND) society.

    At least it didn’t venture in the “napppy-head” arena…

    Or, considering the debt this wee lad will potentially inherit, perhaps an apt caption might be:

    Hair of the Dog That Bit Him

    Tamminator | May 24, 2012 at 11:54 am

    The only thing touching about this photo is the fact that the kid is touching Obama’s head.
    But go ahead, NYT, keep bringing up “race” stories.
    That race card has just not been played enough!

    Browndog | May 24, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    A statement so ominous that even my dog ran and hid when I read it out loud:

    “We may not even finish it in five years,” Obama told roughly 70 supporters at the $35,800 per head dinner. “But I certainly need five more years to get us locked in on where we need to go.”

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