You see them all the time. At every photo op, they're standing behind the star of the event; politicians, New York Stock Exchange, law enforcement agents, lawyers defending some Hollywood bimbo. They're everywhere!
But who the heck are they?
Every time a politician gets in front of a microphone (and how they like to get in front of microphones); they are surrounded by a gaggle of people.
If it's the president announcing a new program, he is surrounded by people we can only assume are somehow connected to the new program he is announcing. In this group also is the head of the government agency responsible for administering this new program.
Later this agency head will also come forward to the microphone and the background folks may change. After all, we can't have the agency head not being surrounded by their people can we?
As for senators and congressmen, the background crowd is a bit more difficult to identify. Most are probably some of the myriad of tax payer funded aides these clowns have. So we have a bunch of staffers who get 15 minutes of fame to show the folks back home how important they are working in Washington. Like who cares?
Then there is the New York Stock Exchange where companies newly listed on the NYSE stand in front of a big bell they ding indicating the opening of the exchange or their new listing. Once again we must ask: Who are these people?
It seems in every facet of our "breaking news" mentality, there are backdrop gatherings of unknown and unnamed people. What importance are they to the event taking place?
Maybe it's like pictures of politicians shaking hands with a local personality who can have the framed photo prominently displayed to show how important he/she is.
Sometime I'd like to see Hank the handyman in his overalls and shop broom standing behind some of these folks just to add a little reality to the contrived photo op. That would drive the organizers of the staged event nuts.
"Hey! Who's the guy in the back holding the broom?"
Everyone turns to see Hank standing there grinning like loan shark greeting a new customer.
"Yeah you. Who the heck are you and what are you doing in this picture?"
"Hey pal, don't get uppity with me! I'm the guy who sweeps up this mess on the floor you hot shots leave; all your paper and other trash. You gonna do it? No, I didn't think so."
"This is a very important photo Hank; we just want the folks in it who are involved in the senator's new program. I'm sure you understand."
"Oh right, sure I understand. Then why is Francine Sweetcheeks standing so close to the senator?"
"Um, well Ms Sweetcheeks has been instrumental in helping develop the program."
"Yeah, sure she has. That's not what I'm hearing from the night crew who cleans his office."
"Well Mr. Hank we're going to ask you to please move out of the photo."
"Okay, but how about asking JimBob Farkle to move out also?"
"Mr. Farkle is the administrator of the senator's program and will be the face of the program that constituents will see."
"Yeah, they'll also see him as the senator's nephew who defaulted on a farm loan that was pushed through by the senator. Yep, ol' JimBob will sure be recognized you got that right."
"Ah, perhaps we need to take this photo in the privacy of my office to avoid any further delays."
"Yes Senator, I think that would be a good idea. Folks if you'll please move to the senator's office we'll finish with this there. That doesn't mean you Hank!"
"That's okay; I've got work to do. Senator make sure you lock your door when you and Ms Sweetcheeks leave after working out all the details of your new program."