The Visual Subtext of the Statue of Liberty Fly-by Photo

One image alone was released from the expensive photo op that terrified New Yorkers last month. Out of God only knows how many images taken during the mission, only one was chosen. It speaks powerfully to the American public -- in symbolic language. The ominous and imposing aircraft dominates the scene in such a way that, in gestalt parlance, no one could mistake the figure for the ground.  The figure is an aircraft that serves as Air Force One, representing the Messianic omnipotence of the Obama presidency.  Below it, part of the background -- a small and less relevant thing in comparison to the aircraft -- stands the Statue of Liberty, representing the individual freedoms that Americans have come to treasure and enjoy. The message and its purpose could not be clearer: we must reset our priorities.  Now that the democracy is at last headed by this magnificent and elegant man, we must put the federal government and its needs ahead of our paltry individual...(Read Full Article)

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