Open Thread: Hillary and BarackPosted: October 17, 2012
This will be short and sweet, just a little follow-up to Dakinikat’s post on the right wing fantasies of President Obama scapegoating Hillary Clinton for the Benghazi tragedy. Today I came across some photos Clinton and Obama that I wanted to share. They were taken at the ceremony when the four bodies of the murdered State Department employees were returned from Libya to the U.S. The NYT reported:
The arrival, broadcast live on news channels, proved an emotional culmination to an episode that has rocked Washington and American embassies around the world. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton looked stricken and seemed to be fighting to control her emotions as she and the president addressed an audience of family, friends and colleagues inside a hangar at the air base. Mr. Obama, himself somber, put his arm around her shoulders in comfort.
“Four Americans, four patriots — they loved this country and they chose to serve it and served it well,” the president said. “They had a mission, and they believed in it. They knew the danger, and they accepted it. They didn’t simply embrace the American ideal; they lived it, they embodied it.”
Mr. Obama offered a few words on each of the slain Americans. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was “everything America could want in an ambassador.” Sean Smith, a Foreign Service officer and an Air Force veteran, “lived to serve.” Tyrone S. Woods, a former member of the Navy SEALs providing diplomatic security, was “the consummate quiet professional.” And Glen A. Doherty, also a former member of the SEALs providing security, “never shied from adventure.”
Here’s the other photo:
Look at the body language in these photos. In one they are holding hands to comfort each other. In the other Obama puts his arm around Clinton. How can anyone look at these photos and question whether these two really care about each other? Yet Republican ratfuckers are claiming they are at each others’ throats. I believe they have grown to respect each other and are working well together. Call me a pollyanna if you want. That’s what I see.