Friday, February 06, 2009

This "Matching Armchairs Photo-Op" Stuff is Just Going to Take a While for Hillary to Perfect


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.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing that's an ice tea on Hils' table.

Ricky said...

Let me be the first to call for the impeachment of Barry "Hussein" Obama! Between his constant use of free "perks" like a personal jet and free housing and this, there is no doubt that this is the most corrupt administration in America today!

Steve said...

This travesty screams a need for a resident Feng Shui master on the White House staff. Perhaps even cabinet level?

Madduane said...

Anonymous -- I was thinking cranberry juice. S'posed to be good for the urinary tract.

Karen Zipdrive said...

Princess, I agree that the look is way off. I'll just bet that Condi is chuckling about it, too.

justlovely said...

Can this be the end of the "scissors pose" as we know it? I know she hasn't got the legs for it and that the chair is turned too far away from the camera, but really...

puravida said...

America continues to be the laughingstock of the world:

"What? I'm not gonna tell her, you tell her."

"Me?! No way. You tell her."

"Well, somebody's gotta tell her. Tony's not the Prime Minister anymore."

Anonymous said...

He may not be Prime Minister anymore but he and Hill are Satanists and they get whatever they want in DC.

Didn't you know EVERYONE in DC is a Satanist???

Tor Hershman said...

You're right, there's no ism like Showism.

super dave said...

Plus the angle is all wrong! They aren't symmetric. I fear for our civilization.

Anonymous said...

We can only hope that some hairdresser Hiliary staffer, I mean, Hiliary staffer struggling with same-sex attraction, reads your critique and brings it to the attention of Hils herself!

carmen sutra said...

From the mal de mer inducing angle, I'm assuming that Pablo Martinez Monsivais is approximately 8-1/2 feet tall.

jodnus said...

I think the photographer was thrown off by the disharmony too. The photo itself looks like it was taken crooked if you use the mantle as a level. I can't help but feel I am looking at some kind of warped optical illusion puzzle.

Matty Boy said...

I agree that Hillary is drinking iced tea. Whether is is regular or Long Island, opinions vary.

gjdodger said...

Good God. They look relaxed. They look comfortable in their roles. This will never do. Where's the strained, awkward stiff poses? Heads will roll!

Iain said...

What we can't see from the photo is Hillary gradually shifting her chair towards the door, lest the incompetence and general uselessness of her guest rubs off.

Or..maybe TB has taken to interior decor during the downtime between lucrative consultancy and saving the middle east?

Cynica said...

This disastrous composition makes his blue socks and her navy hose even more jarring.

desertwind said...

The Undead.

Karen Zipdrive said...

I have a hunch she's wearing knee-high hose.

Lulu Maude said...

The bloody Mary is a good idea, though. Look how happy and relaxed Hillary is.

Greasing the skids for world harmony!

Anonymous said...

Notice that Condi knows enough in the classic example to put a small pillow behind her back, so she's not slumping back into the chair like Hillary is (makes her thighs and stomach look prominent). Same thing happened to Sarah Palin when she was interviewed by Charlie Gibson. The first interview she was slumping back into a chair and her posture looked sloppy. The next interview she was sitting upright and more attractive.

Maybe we need to start requiring our young ladies to sit on backless chairs until they're 18? I've also thought that china painting is an undervalued talent for young ladies. *g*

Toriko said...

I am slightly disturbed by Hillary's hand placement. I thought this new administration would be over the 'covering the privates' gestures.

Also, I agree with Karen about the knee highs and the above poster about posture. She needs a visit from a yoga teacher so she can improve her posture. That is not good for the low back.

Fran said...

Condi perfected the art of flashing some leg (as seen in the photo you linked).... Hillary has fully embraced the pantsuit. the lamps on each background table are both gaudy & disturbing... if one person turns one lamp on, then this symmetry imbalance comes to a crescendo. I must turn away before my head explodes.

z7q2 said...

This picture makes me sad. Doesn't this brave new administration have even one goofball we can make fun of?