The Photo

May 12th, 2011

Here’s Rachel Maddow on the evocative photo taken in the White House situation room during the raid on bin Laden’s compound.  

There has been much speculation on what was going on at the time the photo was taken, but Hillary recently said that she may have just been suppressing a cough:

I am somewhat sheepishly concerned that it was my preventing one of my early spring allergic coughs. It may have no great meaning whatsoever.

Certainly that is possibe, but look at everyone else in the photo. They are all staring intently at that video screen. As with all snapshots in time, it’s open to interpretation. I was thinking that this could have been the moment that the first helicopter went down. Everyone in the room thought for a moment that this could be Desert One all over again. Any guesses how many people were thinking of Jimmy Carter at that moment?

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