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 Props

These kinds of photos have always bothered me. Not because the President looks like he's holding back a burp, but because of all the people _behind_ him.

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The speaker can't see them; they're looking at the back of the speaker's head. The soldiers, whose sacrifice Bush cannot ever understand, are nothing but props -- appropriately photogenic and diverse -- for a photo. Their entire purpose at the event is to appear in a press release.