05/01/2006 12:36 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Reading The Pictures: Rove Just Begging For It


Under the cover of jest, that's when truth is revealed.

This photo of King Karl, joking with staff members after Saturday's White House Correspondents' dinner, literally begs for interpretation. Because I have no more background than you, the gesture could be nothing more than exclamation, or light-hearted appeal. Let's not forget, however, this antagonistic man is practicing under a perpetual indictment rumor, and no one is more craftily opportunistic in the face of a lens.

Probably, my association is tainted as much by the clandestine-ish "back-to-the-camera" power conversation as it is by the (just classic) merger of Karl with the security officer.

Of course, I'd like to hear your read.

What I see is a smug, unscrupulous and even taunting penguin daring: "Just cuff me!"

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(image: Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP. April 29, 2006. Washington. via YahooNews)