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Sheryl Gay Stolberg reports for the New York Times on Obama's trip to an Iowa town yesterday: "Maytag is gone, its old factory replaced by a wind energy plant, which is why President Obama came to Newton, population 16,000, on Wednesday to mark Earth Day. He declared 'a new era of energy exploration in America' and pitched his energy plan as a win-win for the economy and the environment. 'The choice we face is not between saving our environment and saving our economy,' Mr. Obama said. 'The choice we face is between prosperity and decline. We can remain the world's leading importer of oil, or we can become the world's leading exporter of clean energy.'"

Slate has a nifty photo gallery of candid shots from White House photographer Pete Souza.

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 23, 2009; 12:17 PM ET
 
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Candid shots ... Like beefcakes "candid" beach shot that was later found to be staged?

Posted by: SharpshootingPugilist | April 23, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Candid shots ... Like beefcakes "candid" beach shot that was later found to be staged?

Posted by: SharpshootingPugilist | April 23, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Oops, missed the target with that one, SP. The photo you refer to was doctored, not staged. See, the former is something adoring media companies do. The latter is something that leads to 'mission accomplished' banners and Mount Rushmore backdrops. Try exhaling slowly as you squeeze the trigger.

Posted by: ath28 | April 23, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

No no, it was S-T-A-G-E-D.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/4277442/Barack-Obama-plans-a-paparazzi-presidency-to-speak-directly-to-voters.html

Think before jamming your foot into your mouth honey cakes.

Posted by: SharpshootingPugilist | April 23, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and that "Energy Plant" the dear leader was talking about employs 100 people, the Maytag plant employed 1,500.

Great comparison.

Posted by: SharpshootingPugilist | April 23, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

100 is better than 0.

And now Maytag employs 3000 people in China instead thanks to those free trade policies of your friend and paramour Boy King Georgie Bush. Nice of all those corporations to take their tax breaks, close plants here and re-open them in China. Yeah that's good corporate citizenship at its best, championed by Republicans and the rabid US Chamber of Commerce.

Posted by: troyd2009 | April 23, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

100 is better than 0, but for The Dear Leader to even suggest that "green energy" will lead us out of this recession is retarded.

And, for the record Maytag consolidated production from Newton to its Clyde and Marion Ohio plants.

So much for the "reality based community"

Posted by: SharpshootingPugilist | April 23, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I encourage people to follow the link that the SharpshootingPugilist provided. Here it is again:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/4277442/Barack-Obama-plans-a-paparazzi-presidency-to-speak-directly-to-voters.html

It is informative to see exactly what this guy considers to be the evidence that supports his opinions. I have long suspected as much (as little, really).

Posted by: ath28 | April 23, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

SO Sharpshooter are you implying that Obama is responsible for the loss of 1400 jobs?

Posted by: m_mcmahon | April 23, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Why would anyone care whether a photo taken during the campaign was "candid" or "staged" anyway? I'm finding it hard to summon outrage. That photo of Obama's meeting was not taken without their knowledge, no, they all paused and smiled at the camera! The horrors.

Posted by: fletc3her | April 23, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

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