so loathsome i could cry #20

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, Danish P.M. Helle Thorning Schmidt and U.S. President Barack Obama  at a memorial service in South Africa for Nelson Mandela 10/12/2013

19 comments:

jakubowski said...

MEH

Andy said...

I'm a big fan of your blog, but I'm disappointed that you posted this in your "So Loathsome I Could Cry" category, implicitly comparing the Obamas to the likes of McCarthy, Kissinger, or Rupert Murdoch.

Even the photographer has objected to this interpretation:

http://blogs.afp.com/correspondent/?post/Selfie

http://www.ibtimes.com/who-roberto-schmidt-photographer-who-captured-obama-selfie-denies-first-lady-was-angry-photos-can

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/12/11/roberto_schmidt_afp_photog_tells_story_of_obama_selfie_pic_which_he_calls.html

Mr Bigpants Cock (of the) Walk said...

now pan the camera around the other way to see a stadium full of people smiling and dancing amidst a joyous celebration of the life of a wonderful man. Take it down a notch, "Testify".

Los said...

I suppose this scene is not quite as loathsome as one might think. Fancy it was a memorial and not a funeral. a time to celebrate the passing of an outstanding chap who lived an immense life.

Muscato said...

Love the Gunslinger, but this one's out of line.

Handsome said...

I agree 100% with Andy. I really enjoy this blog immensely, but this particular post is quite a disappointment.

Testify said...

TBH it's Cameron who I find loathsome and not because he took at part in a 'selfie'. Cameron is decimating my country, blatently asset stripping it and selling it off to his cronies bit by bit whilst taxing and hounding the most vulnerable members of our society. It should be remembered, too, that Cameron went on a 'fact finding' mission to SA, whilst Mandela languished in prison, the trip was organised and funded by Strategy Network International (SNI), created in 1985 specifically to lobby against the imposition of sanctions on South Africa. (see also And Then It Was Ephemera #76). Obviously like all right thinking people I was moved by celebration of Mandelas life and work but David Cameron is a nauseating hypocrite who well deserves his place in the So Loathsome I Could Cry pantheon. Still I've been told to take it down a notch so back to posting pics of old country musicians for me.

CORNELIUS STARSHIP said...

Yeah, what's so loathsome about bombing innocent children and their innocent families and stripping every citizen of the planet of her/his basic right to a trial before possible execution? Don't forget how charming BHO can be when he needs to. And it's not as though Mandela and BHO aren't representing opposite sides of the struggle, don't forget! Why should a corporate mouthpiece show proper respect to the memory of a freedom fighter anyway? Cut BHO some slack on this little slip-up and stop telling the truth, okay? If we all pull together we can remain comfortably asleep forever!

Thanks,

Morally Ambiguous Dupe

Frank Coleman said...

Totally agree about Cameron. I think you could have found a better shot to illustrate the point, though, rather than the one being grossly misinterpreted by the global media everywhere at this hour. It makes it seem like it's lumping Schmidt and Obama in with him.

Testify said...

BUT part of my point, Frank, is the hypocrisy of Cameron, both as an individual but, more importantly, as a representative of the UK Conservative party, being there at all. That's what rattles my cage.

macbethhimself said...

Being neither a rapacious capitalist, nor an imperious, well-connected autocrat, I find that Pres. Obama is ruining MY country, and doing it in part by either lying or obfuscating, and frequently by imperiously ignoring the limits if his authority. Lump in away, Testify, lump in away.

And please -- lest you think I'm a "right-wing nut job" or "TeaBagger," my politics look nothing like theirs. I can't imagine why good folk with any political philosophy would tolerate the man.

Frank Coleman said...

I understand, but he's the Prime Minister. He has to be there. Every world leader was there. The point you're trying to make is being drowned out by the trumped-up controversy for which this specific photo is being used right now. A historical photo of Cameron's hypocrisy in action might have made the point better, that's all I'm trying to say.

macbethhimself said...

Testify, I was sure that you'd included Pres. Obama, another "leader" ruining his country.

And no, I'm no "right-wing nutjob," nor a TeaBagger, nor an Occupy rep. Unless you're an obscenely wealthy industrialist or a well-connected autocrat, the mirage of any beneficial change will soon be revealed.
What's loathsome us that whatever he's accomplished, he's done it with lies and obfuscation, and by readily ignoring limits on his authority. So lump in, lump in.
The two men, in any event, are deserving.

Testify said...

This IS a picture of Cameron's hypocrisy in action. (and, to be honest, if one lived in certain parts of Pakistan the inclusion of the US president in a series entitled So Loathsome I Could Cry may not seem that odd either.)

D Cairns said...

Cameron had to be there, but the way to have done it would be to have admitted he was wrong in the past, rather than praising Mandela for being so forgiving. http://marksteelinfo.com/tributes-have-flooded-in/

fa6feb88-5d50-11e0-b153-000bcdcb5194 said...

You liberals leave a lot to be desired. Lighten up. At least these Three Stooges don't look as
foolish as that fellow making the funny hand signals. I'm glad a Democrat currently holds the rank of Commander in Chief, but you all need to admit he also has to be rank of a Major Disappointment.

terrell timmons said...

My Goodness but the liberal apologists do pounce to defend their 'dear leader'

"now pan the camera around the other way to see a stadium full of people smiling and dancing amidst a joyous celebration of the life of a wonderful man."

and then.... turn the camera back again to see a self absorbed egoist enjoying HIS moment. Not celebrating anyones existence but his own.

A quick glance at Michelles 'pleasure' should explain and or justify the "grossly misinterpreted by the global media"
disgust.

TT

Jaffa said...

Why not wait +/- 10 years before posting this one ?

Django said...

Well Testify, you found out just how "tolerant" American liberals are when you confused them. You loathe Cameron, but they thought you were blaspheming against their sacred cow, Obama.


Politics is so ugly.