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(LA Times)   New bill cuts funding for official Washington D.C. portraits. Government leaders advised to just substitute their mug shots   (latimes.com) divider line 22
    More: Fail, Gangs of New York, Washington DC, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, health education, Donald H. Rumsfeld, House Foreign Affairs Committee, President Ford  
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2013-09-11 08:41:20 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org

"Kennedy Ponders Sequestration While Needing to Have a Bowel Movement"
 
2013-09-11 08:42:12 AM  
Can't they just buy a paint-by-numbers kit?
 
2013-09-11 08:43:30 AM  
Can't we just install some NSA cameras to monitor them constantly in public buildings. Have some Snowden wannabe get some stills and run them over to VistaPrint.

farkers.
 
2013-09-11 08:46:55 AM  
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2013-09-11 08:48:45 AM  
I don't really have a problem with that. Is there an oil painting filter on instagram?

Though this is another bit of "We're not going to decommission those tanks the military doesn't want anymore, but this will bring us big savings!" derp math.
 
2013-09-11 08:53:39 AM  
www.prwatch.org

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's portrait cost $52,450

That's a lot of oil.

and / or

shoesandyoga.files.wordpress.com

That's a lot of leg, Lady Vader.
 
2013-09-11 08:57:50 AM  
If the department wants it, the person who is having the portrait can pay for it out of his/her pocket, and not expect a refund.  Then he or she can walk out of the building with it when they quit or are fired, since they are the owner of record for it. Voila
 
2013-09-11 08:58:28 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's portrait cost $52,450


who the hell painted her, Halliburton?
 
2013-09-11 09:02:53 AM  
But in budget-conscious Congress,

Wait, what?
 
2013-09-11 09:09:47 AM  
Obama was the first president to do the portrait with a digital camera, was he not? The fundamental purpose is to create a lasting record of historical figures, not to keep artists employed.
 
2013-09-11 09:10:05 AM  
A budget-conscious Congress is one that is conscious of the budget other congressmen are using.
 
2013-09-11 09:16:12 AM  

Lost Thought 00: Obama was the first president to do the portrait with a digital camera, was he not? The fundamental purpose is to create a lasting record of historical figures, not to keep artists employed.


agreed. get a DSLR and a monkey to press the button.
 
2013-09-11 09:21:56 AM  

Lost Thought 00: Obama was the first president to do the portrait with a digital camera, was he not? The fundamental purpose is to create a lasting record of historical figures, not to keep artists employed.


He used his old Green Card picture.
 
2013-09-11 09:23:40 AM  
I have no problem with this.  Official portraits are silly.  Maybe have a painting of each President done just for the sake of tradition but formal photographs will suffice for anyone else and be a lot cheaper.
 
2013-09-11 09:25:12 AM  
Damn. I was on the short list to do the secretary for the Under Secretary's Underthings.
 
2013-09-11 09:26:38 AM  
No, this isn't going to balance the budget, but when you can get a quality print of a high-res photo on canvas for under $200, it's not appropriate to spend $20k on an oil painting.
 
2013-09-11 09:26:49 AM  
Why not simply intragram a junk shot?
 
2013-09-11 10:11:50 AM  

Lost Thought 00: Obama was the first president to do the portrait with a digital camera, was he not? The fundamental purpose is to create a lasting record of historical figures, not to keep artists employed.


Ford's portrait is a photo but probably not digital.
 
2013-09-11 10:53:57 AM  
There was a great process I saw on some show years ago. Thye would take an oil painting scan it with a laser that would record every bump, brush stroke., glob of paint and where it was. The next step tehy would scan the picture itself and print it on paper then they would put in what seemed to be a type of vacuform mold and when it came out it looked and felt like the real picture. All they have to do is digital photo, oil painting filter and vacuform molding it. Hell they can just make up where the brush strokes and bumps are in it.
 
2013-09-11 12:16:37 PM  
Why the "Fail" tag?  Because they didn't stop doing this a long time ago?
 
2013-09-11 03:30:14 PM  
It's a shame Anthony Weiner stepped down or he could have had a huge impact on this debate.
 
2013-09-11 06:47:53 PM  

MikeBoomshadow: It's a shame Anthony Weiner stepped down or he could have had a huge impact on this debate.


Beat me to the punchline.
 
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