Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Visual Compare and contrast:

The blog Just Opinions offers a detailed exegesis of Jimmy Carter's body language as it is captured in a photo he share with Hamas leader earlier this month:

If he is saying anything, nobody is paying attention. Looked at as “body architecture,” the total effect is one of extreme instability and weakness. Carter looks inconsequential.

Out of curiosity I went looking for a photo-op from Carter's recent visit with the settlers of Gush-Etzion; the photo on the right it is. The difference could not be more pronounced, could it? The atmosphere is relaxed, the two men are equally and mutually engaged in the conversation, the facial expressions amiable, Carter himself seems to be a lot more at ease, an equal. Interesting, isn't it? What to make of it?

Here are a few links to photos of Carter's meetings with Arab leaders, and Israeli leaders. Is there a pattern to be perceived? Don't you get the feeling that when he is meeting Arab leaders, Carter assumes the role of a humble supplicant, almost palpably in awe of his hosts?


At 1:40 AM EDT, Blogger EscapeVelocity said...

Can Carter easily assume dhimmitude? Well, his presidency is certainly no argument against that prospect.

But to be fair, I dont think those 2 pics are comparable. I think the ridiculously large and ill proportioned chairs have him out of whack in teh first one. I mean look at the fellow sitting on a stool behind the flowers....Good Lord!

At 8:20 AM EDT, Blogger Roland Dodds said...

I like this recent comment by David Rothkopf: “for once I wish Walt and Mearsheimer were right, and that taking a stand that was anathema to the Israel Lobby really did mean the end of a political career in the United States, because Jimmy is well past his sell-by date.”

Sounds about right.


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