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  •  This is a great straight line (none)
    for any number of jokes at Bush's expense. I would encourage anyone to invent as many of these as they like. I like the ones about using cloning to avoid a draft.

    However, to my way of thinking, the real explanation is pretty simple... and indeed, fairly innocent. They wanted to use this shot as a background for text. But, oh dear, the arrangement of text they had in mind, and finally used, would have covered up Bush's face. Not good. Not respectful to the candidate.

    What to do? Photoshop Bush out, fill the space in quickly with sections taken from elsewhere in the picture, and voila, a generic military crowd scene with a composition that will let the text stand out, and a cute kid waving a flag to make it visually interesting. Hey, who's gonna notice? Nobody's going to look at it that closely. (Little did they know...!)

    So. This isn't a crime here, it isn't a nefarious conspiracy, it's just a graphics designer trying to solve a technical graphics design problem. And being a bit lazy about it. Or pressed for time.

    But go ahead, you can still have plenty of fun with it. Ridicule is more devastating than indignation.

    If a landslide falls in the bit bucket... was there an election?

    by Canadian Reader on Thu Oct 28, 2004 at 11:31:50 AM PDT

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    •  Lazy... (none)
      ... is right! I am a graphic designer, and I would agree above is the probable scenerio. I have "cloned" many a photo element to make the layout work (where the changes do not have a bearing on the message of the piece), but you always make sure you don't do it like this!!!

      How embarrassing in more ways than one!

      The sleeze just gets deeper and deeper.  

    •  Double Coverup (none)
      I would say, as a cloning practitioner, that the entire foreground has been added, again to cover up a distracting area of seated spectators or something similar. That's why you have that slight line separating the bottom foreground from Bush & company. When I started to search for images on Google, I actually looked for parade images because I thought there was a street between the two groups.

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