The picture of President Obama, wearing dress slacks, a white shirt, and dark shoes as he “checked for tar balls” on a Louisiana beach, gave me an unexpected chuckle.
I suppose the White House wanted to have a photo op that conveyed in some visible way the President’s concern about the oil spill, but why would the Leader of the Free World use a few minutes of his three-hour visit to beachcomb for a few tar balls? Surely he could have used his precious time more productively. And didn’t he feel a bit silly looking profoundly at a tiny tar ball, as if it held some meaningful secret on how to stop, or at least minimize, one of the worst environmental disasters our country has ever experienced? I bet he was thinking: “This is ridiculous. What kind of look am I supposed to have on my face right now, anyway? Concerned? Scientifically curious? Angry? Sad? Why did I let Gibbs talk me into this idiocy?”
The photo of the white-shirted, dark-shoe-wearing President on the beach also reminded me of the classic shot of Dick Nixon relaxing on the beach, as he strode purposefully by, leaving wingtip prints in the sand. Why do most Presidents look like nerds when they are on the beach?