16 Apr 2014

Jay Carney’s Kitchen Posters

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The kitchen poster on the left.

Michael Walsh pooh-pooh’s various people on the Right’s efforts to draw conclusions about Jay Carney & Claire Shipman’s political opinions from their tastes in interior decoration.

There’s been a lot of nonsense written on the Right about the Soviet posters in White House press secretary Jay Carney’s kitchen. Here’s some now, first from Reason – “Jay Carney, Communist Propaganda Connoisseur:”

    White House press secretary and occasional beard grower Jay Carney likes political art. Particularly, he likes Soviet military propaganda.

    This fact was accidentally revealed in, of all places, the latest issue of Washingtonian MOM magazine. The journal did a profile on Carney’s wife, Claire Shipman. There’s a lot of fun facts about Carney’s preferred brand of $275 sneakers (Hugo Boss) and how the family’s Portuguese water dog is related to Obama’s (cousins!)… Can you spot the strangest thing about this totally candid picture? Hint: It’s not that each member of the Carney clan eats a pyramid’s worth of food for breakfast.

    Rather, it’s the World War II-era Soviet poster pointing over Shipman’s shoulder, which asks if you’ve enlisted in the Red Army yet (because you’re going to get drafted anyway), and the other one beyond the sink, which asks if you’ve gotten a factory job to fill in for your husband (who has probably been shot on the front lines).

And this, from the American Thinker:

    The sad fact is that progressives in much of the developed world have a soft spot in their hearts for communism. Yeah, it murdered a hundred million people or more, but you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. And those who were murdered were not very fashionable, for the most part.

    The Washingtonian photo is a tell. There is a sickness, a willful blindness toward the crimes of communism because it is so close to the progressive ideology that animates the American Ruling Class. Shipman and Carney are the perfect exemplars of that class. Smart, fit, busy, anxious to make their own lives perfect, and convinced that the price other people pay for their progressive dreams is not worth mentioning or even noticing.

Oh, please. By this standard, I’m a Commie symp myself, since I also have Soviet-era posters adorning the walls of my home; I picked them up in Moscow and Leningrad during my various working trips to the late Soviet Union. Which is where I met my old Time colleague, Jay Carney. …

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Oleg Atbashian wittily responded:

As soon as the photograph of Soviet propaganda posters in Jay Carney’s kitchen hit the Internet, right-wing pundits began to draw conclusions about White House Press Secretary’s ideology, morals, and political leanings. It was as if things that a man merely places on his walls and looks at day after day can be any indication of his life choices. …

It is beyond imagination that anyone could misconstrue the Soviet agitprop in Jay Carney’s kitchen as an indication that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and his wife somehow share the same ideas as the perpetrators of a brutal regime that starved its own citizens while the political elites lived in luxury, abused power, prosecuted the opposition, and ruled the country by means of executive orders.

Next, they would claim that that a neat stack of Chairman Mao’s Little Red Books in Valery Jarrett’s bathroom is not there merely to serve as an elegant accent to complement the shower curtains; or that the Black Panther Party insignia on Michelle Obama’s pajamas isn’t merely a bold decorative pattern; or that the black flag of holy Jihad in Huma Abedin’s bedroom is somehow indicative of her sympathies towards the Muslim Brotherhood.

Following such flawed right-wing logic, one might even speculate that Saul Alinsky’s books on Hillary Clinton’s living room mean anything other than an effort to disguise an obscure dried spot that had mysteriously appeared on the coffee table in the last year of her husband’s presidency.

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The kitchen poster on the right.

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ThomasS

It suppose it would be the same reaction if Bush’s Press Sec, Dana Perino, had a few NAZI posters on the wall. Its all good fun.

Actually, that would be a foolish assumption. The Left is extremely reasonable when they are foolishly attacked and extremely “culturally aware and sensitve” when it is the Right under attack.

Oh well, such is life in Modern Amerika.



sound awake

i just wonder how the leftist media would have treated ari fleischer or scott mclellan or tony snow or dana perino if a photo turned up of any of them in their house that showed a confederate flag or a nazi poster or some pol pot memorobilia…



ThomasS

After reading his post, I think Mr. Atbashian was engaging in sarcasm; meaning, these are the small day after day life choices that do indicate moral orientation, at least within the broader context of a life dedicated to defending “Sir-spread-it-around” Obama.



Knucklehead

In addition to the Soviet posters the kitchen for a family of four, who cares to the rafters about the environment and the poor and starving and would gladly sacrifice every American with a job and enough to eat on the poor and starving’s behalf, has enough perishable foo lying around to feed Putin’s Ukranian invasion force for the first 90 days of their campaign.



Burke

Just imagine the possibility of this:

There’s been a lot of nonsense written on the Left about the Nazist posters in White House press secretary Dana Perino’s kitchen. Here’s some now, first from Politico – “Dana Perino, Nazist Propaganda Connoisseur:”

“White House press secretary and occasional leg shower likes political art. Particularly, she likes Nazist military propaganda.
This fact was accidentally revealed in, of all places, the latest issue of Washingtonian MOM magazine. The journal did a profile on Perino’s private life. (…) Can you spot the strangest thing about this totally candid picture? Hint: It’s not that she appeared on Jeopardy! during its “Power Players” week, facing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and CNBC’s David Faber.

Rather, it’s the World War II-era Nazist poster pointing over Perino’s shoulder, which asks if you’ve enlisted in the SS yet (because you’re going to get drafted anyway), and the other one beyond the sink, which asks if you’ve gotten a factory job to fill in for your husband (who has probably been shot on the front lines).

Perino and husband are the perfect exemplars of that class. Smart, fit, busy, anxious to make their own lives perfect, and convinced that the price other people pay for their conservative dreams is not worth mentioning or even noticing.”

Oh, please. By this standard, I’m a Nazi symp myself, since I also have Hitler-era posters adorning the walls of my home; I picked them up during my various working trips to the late Democratic Germany. …”

That’ll be the day…



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