Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, talks with Tony Blair, left, Quartet Envoy during their meeting at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Ha! You can't escape destiny, Hils! The moment we've been waiting for arrived Wednesday. As you can see, Hillary has succumbed to the strange allure of the State Department Reception Room's famous matching armchairs. But, oh no, what have they done? They pulled the chairs too far apart, which results in the actors being too distant from each other for a nice, compact photo. Worse, they've replaced the central low table with two tables for each armchair. This may seem like a nice idea, a table for Hillary, a table for Tony, but the result is that the fireplace has become an ashy, central negative space. Basically, they've totally ruined the delicate equilibrium of the matching armchairs photo-op. See how Tony put his teacup on his outer table while Hils placed her... um... bloody mary on her inner table? See how these options have sabotaged the heraldic symmetry of the scene? Do you now understand better the function of the centrally placed small table with the tasteful flower arrangement (you may wish to refer to these classic examples)?
These people have a lot to learn.