New White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, left, chats with members of the White House press corps, Steve Holland of Reuters, center, and Mike Allen of Time Magazine, after conducting his first press gaggle in his White House office, Friday, May 12, 2006.
-- AP Photo Caption
As a first act last week, the un-Scotty decided to bypass the press room in favor of his White House office (A). Emphasizing the informality -- and telegraphing his humanity -- Snow appeared in rolled up shirt sleeves (B) and the prominent "Live Strong" bracelet (C).
Belying the trappings, however, TS left half the reporters standing in the hallway due to space constraints; he started the session 15 minutes early, leaving reporters frustrated over what they might have missed; and he placed various subjects off-limits, saying he hadn't had time to get up to speed. Ever the TV star, though, he had found time to frame and prominently display a blow up of his appointment announcement with the boss (H). (Then again, the pic could just be a fat reminder about that "unprecedented" access Snow is supposed to have.)
If he thought foresaking the podium would promote (at least visual) parity, however, this angle makes Snow tower over the reporters, appearing to look over the head of the questioner (D) while pilot-testing this sacchrine, 'wish I could help you' expression (G). As for Mr. Allen (E) and Mr. Holland (F), they don't exactly look chatty. (The gratuituous caption, however, does exemplify how the conflict averse MSM tends to play it the Administration's way.)
... Didn't know what to make of those hot pink file folders (I). Of course it's insignificant. With the folder box just sitting there, however, one could imagine the Press Office even trying to boost the flavor with its office products.
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