This blog is where I record certain types of impressions. Typically a few people read what I write here — even then, it’s more likely to be read somewhere other than this blog (I syndicate the posts to places like Facebook and Linkedin and others use its RSS feed to read it different ways).
However, every once in a while, there’s a post in which I write something that seems to sync up with what other people are thinking about at the same time — and the traffic here actually spikes up. About a year ago, I had such a post. I titled it, “Why the White House situation room photograph is so powerful,” and apparently, it was one of the first attempts by someone to analyze what is now described as an iconic photo and perhaps is one of the most analyzed photos of the current era. (It’s so analyzed, there are conspiracy theories about it being staged.)
On the day I posted it, several major news organizations included a link to my post in their coverage, so it quickly became one of the most visited posts this blog has had during the past decade.
As Wednesday is the anniversary of the day that photo was taken, some of the research taking place is turning up that post and it’s getting another spike in visits.
More important and fascinating, however, is that people who are pictured in that room are being interviewed about what they saw and how they felt at that moment.
On Wednesday, NBC will be airing an interview with President Obama that will describe what was taking place during the photo.
I doubt he’ll use the way I described how he looked:
Obama’s crouching position (while others are erect or leaning back) is probably going to be analyzed by body-language experts, but any group of people who’ve watched a TV sporting event (and I apologize in advance for the following comparison, considering the serious nature of what they were watching), will recognize Obama’s position as that of the person in the room who in addition to being a fan, has just made a call to his bookie.
I’ve heard different versions of what was taking place on he screen and exactly what the people in the room were seeing. I look forward to hearing Obama’s account.