Sunday, August 21, 2011

An Old Favorite

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, right, have a light moment during their meeting at the Zhongnanhai leaders compound in Beijing, China on Friday Aug. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)

I haven't featured a classic Matching Armchairs Photo-Op™ in some time, so here's a recent beauty starring Joe Biden. And I always love it when they have the translators discreetly tucked behind the armchair principals. Five stars!

14 comments:

dianegsocialist said...

Joe's translator is not amused.

TexasYankee said...

Her hairdo is a bonus.

carol said...

If Joe's translater isn't amused it's probably because he just had to translate something really stupid. No wonder the Chinese are laughing. They are figuring Joe really does have hoof in mouth disease.

CaliPiet said...

Wow. Matching armchairs PLUS extra pillows with frills PLUS starched crocheted antimacassars. FTW!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Peteykins, for bumping Shelly's crazy eyes down the page!

The Cat's Meow said...

YES, Bachmann needed to be bumped. And I love Joe.

Christopher said...

Translators? Or puppet masters??!! Pay no attention to the folks behind the armchairs!

Larry the Greek said...

+1, Yanqui Tejano! And I always love it when the translators have the Callista-bot's hairdo!

Washington Cube said...

There's a picture of Chairman Mao posed in that setting...somewhere.

The Peace Lily on the table is a nice touch. Too bad they weren't tossing those during the basketball game last week.

I wish Biden pulled out a copy of Mao's little red book, and had the translator's quote, "Kill the Imperialist Paper Tigers!"

P.S. Communist countries really locked onto antimacassars. It's like Uncle Joe (McCarthy) should have been investigating Aunt Bee. Russians display them too, especially on trains.

P.P.S. All you can think is, "We may have peasants working in factories for 25 cents a day, but at least we use coasters on our coffee tables.

Comrade PhysioProf said...

Biden's translator looks like he's dead.

Comrade PhysioProf said...

Check out this awesome photo!!!!

http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2011-08/278635700-22115650.jpg

It looks like Biden is about to shoot the arrow over the head of one of the Mongolian dudes!

Lady Wesley said...

The Chinese put a lot more work into this setting than our State Department does. None of that two chairs-in-front-of-the-fireplace-with-discreet-nosegay-on-boring-table, for the Reds. They've taken things to a new level -- red velvet, cushions with fringe, antimacassars, carved table, lots of exotic flowers, and all set in front of an incredible carved screen. Well done, my Communist friends.

samael7 said...

The perspective is so strange and flattened, and I think the red is trying to stand out at me, while all the other colors and blacks are receeding.

I'm trying to say that the translator-assistants look like homonculi from this perspective.

z7q2 said...

There is also a lack of national flags in the background.