Stipulated: Photos lie. They show but one moment among millions. They rarely encompass the context of the moment. They’re taken by human beings, famously flawed and agenda-driven. Years of work in journalism have taught me to distrust them, even as I respect their power.
OK? Everyone read the stipulations? Great.
All I want to ask is this: Why do George Bush’s handlers, all of whom presumably know the power of a single image, on a day when a major American city is descending into chaos, allow him to appear in a photo like this?