Veep

In Latvia I can watch an American comedy about an American vice president, at a time when real estate mogul Donald Trump is in the White House and creationist Mike Pence is vice president. These two won the 2016 national election over a candidate who celebrated the murder of a man bayoneted in the anus and her vice presidential candidate who believes the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs are too restrictive.

The advertising for the television show uses the motif of an iconic photograph of soldiers raising an American flag on Mount Suribachi during the WW II invasion of Iwo Jima. While known to many Americans as “raising the flag at Iwo Jima,” the photograph was of raising what was actually a second flag.

In the advertising an actor playing the character of a vice president is being raised. What is the battle represented here, and what is the war? Who is the enemy? Who or what was the earlier flag? In this comedy who is the joke on?

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