Anthony Blake ‘10 Pictured in TIME Magazine and The New York Times
by The Milton Measure on Friday, May 27th, 2011
After hearing of Osama bin Laden’s long awaited death, Anthony Blake ’10 rushed to the White House to join in the celebration. Pictures of him waving an American flag while hanging from a tree appeared in TIME Magazine as well as The New York Times.
Blake, a recent graduate of Milton and current student at Georgetown University, was one of many D.C. students to congregate outside the White House after the news of bin Laden’s death spread. Similar gatherings occurred across the country from Times Square to college campuses to military bases in Afghanistan.
“After everyone heard that Osama Bin Laden died, we kind of all just ran to the White House to see Obama’s speech but then once we got there, it was just crazy riots. I just decided to climb up in the tree because everyone was going wild,” said Blake in a recent interview. It was in this tree that New York Times photographer Stephen Crowley and TIME photographer Brooks Kraft captured a jubilant Blake.
The photo depicts Blake hanging from the tree waving an American flag. “At first, I climbed in the tree to get a better view of everything and what was happening,” said Blake. “I started some chants and then some lady tossed me an American flag. I started waving it around; everyone was just screaming their heads off. It was pretty wild.”
A picture of Blake first appeared on a The New York Times online photo gallery entitled “Around the World, Joy and Contemplation.” Other pictures in the gallery included crowds at Ground Zero and Times Square, Phillies fans cheering, and firefighters gathered on a ladder to watch the events unfold on ABC.
A different picture later appeared in a two-page spread in TIME Magazine accompanying the cover story, “Killing bin Laden: How the U.S. Finally got Its Man.” Blake first heard about the photograph when he received a text message from his mother. “I was telling her everyday that I was studying for finals and stuff and she sent me a text saying ‘hey you idiot, I thought you were studying for finals. I saw you on a two page spread in time magazine. Stop lying to me.’”
In the aftermath of the celebration, many questioned the festivities surrounding bin Laden’s death. Harvard Crimson editorial writer Wyatt Troia wrote, “Some…have moralistically complained that it was wrong of students to celebrate the death of bin Laden by cheering [and] waving American flags.” For Blake however, the thought did not cross his mind. “It just seemed like the right thing to do.”
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