So when this photograph turned up of a poor, poor tourist who'd been standing on the observation deck as an airplane approaches, it became an emotional touchstone. Tragedy-struck Americans visualized, worked through their feelings, and then realized the whole picture was an incredible pile of bullshit. It was cathartic.
And so was laughing at the subsequent pictures that showed the same tourist standing below the crashing Hindenberg blimp. There he was again, standing next to Godzilla as the giant radioactive monster busily attacked Tokyo. And, yes, standing next to Osama bin Laden.
Who was standing next to Bert.