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5:33 PM, November 29th, 2011

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The week of Newsweek writers picking their favorite photos continues! Here’s Andrew Romano on the infamous “Situation Room” shot. 

The thing that always gets me about this image is the intimacy of it. The event itself is a geopolitical earthquake: the killing, finally, of Osama bin Laden. And yet the scale of Pete Souza’s photograph is so personal. Outside the frame, unseen, is the planet’s most wanted fugitive, with only seconds left to live; inside the frame, in full view, sits the planet’s most powerful man (and his most powerful associates) witnessing the raid in real time, when it could still go terribly wrong. (Check out Hillary Clinton’s eyes.) History can seem like a clash of titanic forces, far too vast to glimpse or grasp. But here it is, as it happens—to a handful of people clustered in a couple of tense, cramped rooms, half a world apart. Presidents, generals, even terrorists: they’re just like us.

Find your favorite in our Pictures of the Year issue. [Previously

Reblogged from Newsweek
10:30 AM, May 20th, 2011

The Other Situation Room

Our White House correspondent Dan Stone got to tour the other Sit Room with Hillary Clinton. State’s Operations Center, aka Ops, started as a crisis center during the Kennedy administration, when it was trying to figure out how to depose Castro. More recently it’s been the nerve center for monitoring the Arab uprisings, the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown, and various WikiLeaks dumps.

Foggy Bottom is filled with lore about just how fast Ops can move. There’s the story about Clinton wanting to talk to an ambassador visiting Washington who left his cell phone in his hotel room. Nimble Ops analysts tracked him down by calling his hotel concierge, then sending photos to three different restaurant managers to scan their dining rooms—and got him on the phone, all in a matter of minutes. Then there’s one about former Secretary Madeleine Albright trying to reach a diplomat who was out of contact at a Redskins game. Operatives figured out how to flash a message on the Jumbotron for him to find a payphone.

9:40 AM, May 13th, 2011
officialssay:

“I have gotten from friends all over the country copies of the picture that was this iconic picture taken in the Situation Room while we were watching the operation. And they have been photoshopped in every way you can imagine, including putting you know, coming after the royal wedding, one of these had all of us in one of these big, wide-brimmed hats from the wedding,” said Defense Secretary Robert Gates, noting the potential for manipulation and misuse if the U.S. were to release the photos of bin Laden’s corpse.

Just because we can’t reblog this photo enough.

officialssay:

“I have gotten from friends all over the country copies of the picture that was this iconic picture taken in the Situation Room while we were watching the operation. And they have been photoshopped in every way you can imagine, including putting you know, coming after the royal wedding, one of these had all of us in one of these big, wide-brimmed hats from the wedding,” said Defense Secretary Robert Gates, noting the potential for manipulation and misuse if the U.S. were to release the photos of bin Laden’s corpse.

Just because we can’t reblog this photo enough.

10:30 AM, May 9th, 2011
Reblogged from randomanomom
11:08 AM, May 6th, 2011

The Burn Bag: There’s a cardboard-colored laundry bag in every major room of the White House, but the burn bag in the situation room gets the most use. It’s designed for documents that can’t just be thrown away or shredded, but need to be destroyed. Each evening, the Secret Service collects all of the bags in the building to destroy the contents. Despite the name, few White House officials know if the contents actually get burned.

We broke down the secrets of items in the Situation Room.

12:15 PM, May 5th, 2011

"I am somewhat sheepishly concerned that it was my preventing one of my early spring allergic coughs," she [Hillary Clinton] said. “So, it may have no great meaning whatsoever.”

via NYMag

12:30 PM, May 3rd, 2011
A staffer went to Costco and came back with a mix of provisions — turkey pita wraps, cold shrimp, potato chips, soda.
What they ate in the Situation Room.
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