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  •  Simple psychology (none)
    Rove is deeply in love with George. I'm not even trying to be funny or stupid or clever or idiotic. Rove's every move is dedicated to instilling in others the same feelings of warmth and good will that Karl feels for George, especially over their morning juice.

    Problem is, Left-brain Karl knows intuitively that Bush is actually an incompetent nincompoop, with all the charm and intelligence of a bloated decomposing body. People just ain't gonna buy. So he finds ways to mirror his feelings for George, and tap into emotional associations. Hence the fireman fetish. People feel secure with firemen on the scene, therefore their presence beside Bush confers him with gifts beyond those of ordinary men.

    •  Firemen are the iconic symbol of 911 (none)
      911 was a result of a terrorist attack on the US. So, the subtext of the photo is Bush is keeping US safe from foreign terrorists.  Seriously, Bushco. is going to shroud the Katrina disaster with their mythology of 911. Nothing, absolutely nothing takes precedent over 911, not a faltering economy, not the nations' greatest natural disaster, or the suffering of literally millions, nothing. 911 was this administration's greatest photo op and they won't let go of it.

      The saddest part of this, if the Administration had truely learned the real lessons of 911, the destruction of Katrina would be half of what we have now.

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