Two insecure raids. Two magnificent moments in the White House.
Photographs taken from the White House Situation Room throughout the killings of Islamic Condition leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Saturday and al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden eight decades before capture the enormously different styles of two American presidents.
The White House on Sunday published a photograph of President Donald Trump with all the senior national security advisers tracking the Saturday night functioning contrary to al-Baghdadi in Syria.
The photograph shows the six guys, all in dark suits or army uniform, posing for the camera and staring directly forwards with stern expressions as they sit on a desk.
The photograph invites comparisons to the Situation Room photograph published by President Barack Obama’s White House after the May 2011 performance where Navy Seals killed bin Laden.
Within this unposed scene, 13 faces are completely or partly observable in the crowded tableau.
Obama, wearing a polo shirt and light coat, is hunched forwards and glancing on a folding seat slightly off-center. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the most famous face in the team, holds her hands over her mouth as Defense Secretary Robert Gates sits alongside her, his arms tightly restrained.
The Trump picture, together with the president at the middle and appearing acute, is much more formal and catches the present president’s interest in distributing the power and grandeur of the workplace. Additionally, it reflects the tight group of consultants from whom he solicits advice.
The clutter of ethernet cables, legal computers and pads covering the boardroom table stands in sharp contrast to the formality of this minute.
The formal Obama photograph from 2011 crackles with suspense because the president’s group monitors the raid at which Navy Seals murdered bin Laden at a chemical in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The area is so crowded that the presidential seal on the wall is hardly observable.
Seated alongside Obama are Brig. Gen. Marshall Webb, that had been communicating with the Seals commander Adm. William McRaven, had been in Afghanistan overseeing the covert special operations group that stormed the chemical.
At the rear of the area, Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken could be seen peeking across the taller White House chief of staff Bill Daley to find a better perspective of the spectacle unfolding to a video screen.
The living area appears to signify Obama’s more grand group of advisers as well as also his curiosity about getting a wide variety of opinions.
Trump, in declaring Baghdadi’s passing on Sunday, didn’t shy from creating his contrast to the bin Laden raid.
“This,” he explained, is”the largest there is.”