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12/06/2009 06:18 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Reading the Pictures : Obama's Tipping Point: From Area 60 to The Surge

How much their sacrifice weighed on him that Veterans Day last month, he did not say. But his advisers say he was haunted by the human toll as he wrestled with what to do about the eight-year-old war. (from the NYT)

The question is, what happened to Obama in Arlington on Veterans Day?

After performing the requisite laying of the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, the President then showed up unannounced in Area 60, dedicated to soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, to greet and mourn with visiting families. If you accept today's NYT in-depth scenario on how Obama backed the surge, that visit served as the emotional tipping point for committing 30,000 more troops to central Asia.

But then, if you've witnessed the somber video photographer Christopher Morris created of the event, he seemed to have figured it out right away.

For more of The BAG's Obama/Surge coverage, check out the strange and depressing photo of Obama meeting with Congressional leaders that the White House posted to its Flickr page.