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June 2, 2004

Leading Photos: Feeling Crowded?

How do you read this picture that the Washington Post chose for their cover this morning? Photos other papers ran of new Iraqi President Ghazi al-Yawer were much more regal and uncomplicated. Here are a few takes:

>>Shadowy figure in background highlights al Yawer as security target.

>>Leadership situation in Iraq still, basically, a “cast of thousands.”

>>If you don’t provide a hand to the big boys, expect to get squeezed, overshadowed.

>>We were pulling for the other guy, so you’re a little obscure.

(image: newseum)

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