Question: Has the White House really been transformed into a cult of personality shrine to "The One"?
A week or so ago, we told you about a trip we took down to the Museum of Science and Industry here in Chicago, to see the miniature White House on display (which the Zief Family has been keeping updated with every administration since Kennedy).
The miniature is gorgeous, and a fantastic educational tool to show you where everything in the White House is in relation to what you see glimpses of in photographs. Honestly, after seeing this model, everything we hear about the White House makes a lot more sense now that we saw the spatial layout the Ziefs have provided.
In EXACTING detail, right down to the pens and paper on desks in the West Wing, and what’s on the computer models at each tiny work station in the building.
So, as we mentioned before, we thought it was completely bizarre that the Ziefs filled the West and East wings with crazy, oversized, obnoxious photos of the current president and his “fashion icon” life. Photos that look like they were cut out of People magazine, enlarged, then plastered all over the walls.
On “The West Wing” and in movies like “Dave” or “An American President”, the West and East wings had oil paintings of Americana, or various landscapes, or even portraits of various famous Americans. There were no giant photographs of Jed and Abby Bartlett on the walls, constantly watching over everyone in oversized, ubiquitous glossies.
So, we just assumed the Ziefs stuck these giant photos of Dr. and Mrs. Utopia up all over their model because: (1) they were told to by the Museum of Science and Industry, which is very pro-Utopia propaganda or (2) the Ziefs themselves are Utopian cultists and wanted as many photos of this pair crammed into the model as possible.
Today, in our mailbox, someone sent us an eye-opening article from Newsbusters that actually presents another option to the above: the Ziefs put giant, oversized, obnoxious photos of the Utopias into the model because there are actually giant, oversized, obnoxious photos of the Utopias in the West and East wings. EVERYWHERE in the White House, apparently.
Here’s what Ed Schultz had to say upon visiting the White House recently:
SCHULTZ: First of all you walk into the White House, in the West Wing, and there are picture all over, I mean everywhere! Of President Obama! I mean, of his life in the first year as president of the United States. Now I don’t know if that’s the way it is with every president, but it was almost a shrine. I mean, well, here’s a picture of Obama the president with his kids over here. There he is getting on Air Force One. Here he is with some military people. Here he is on the line working the line at one of his campaign stops. I mean, just, it was just one picture after another! (laughs)
Can anyone confirm if this is true?
Have you seen any photographs of people working in the West or East wings lately? Are there really giant, poor-quality, ubiquitous photos of the Utopias EVERYWHERE?
Was this the case in the Bush or Clinton administrations?
As we’ve said, we’ve never seen this done in any previous White House, to our knowledge, and we’ve never seen it done in any TV show or movie depicting the White House. It’s not done on 24 currently with President Allison Taylor’s administration.
The only time we’ve ever seen anything like this was in Saddam Hussein’s palaces in Baghdad, or in Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela. It’s the sort of thing that was prominent in the Berchtesgaden Eagle’s Nest built for another of history’s petty egomaniacs, and the sort of decorating favored in Italy in the early-to-mid-1940s as well.
If you don’t think the constant bowing and scraping before anyone he believes is royalty (including the Mayor of Tampa) is un-seemly, if not un-American, behavior by this president, then perhaps you have no problem at all with the giant portraits of the Utopias hanging everywhere in the People’s House, but we think a little more class and a lot less crass is in order for the next three years.
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