April 29, 2011
While doing research for work, I ran across this picture on the Web site of the Council on Environmental Quality.
A number of commentators have remarked on President Obama’s tendency to try to stay aloof and detached from the details of crafting policy, preferring to wait until members of Congress have done the hard work and then either jump on the bandwagon or criticize them for doing it wrong (e.g., in the health-care debate a couple of years ago, and in the budget debate now).
So I love this picture: Even when they’re staging a goofy, contrived photo-op, President Obama still comes off looking aloof and like someone who’s afraid to get his hands dirty. The alternative text that appears if you hover the mouse over the picture (on the CEQ site) identifies him as a “CEQ Hero”. Sure, look at how hard he’s working!