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March 22, 2008

Pew Trust


The fact this file photo — taken in February ’07 at the “National Prayer Breakfast” — is circulating again is extraordinarily clever.  The way I read it now (since I posted a variant, with Hillary alone at the time) is as a reminder that Obama is not the only one with a prayerful life to spotlight.

In spite of this,

…and this,

… and, especially, this (note the reference in the last paragraph to the murky group that hosts the National Prayer Breakfast itself)…

it is interesting how Obama could be crucified for his relationship with his pastor while an incurious media simply takes a pass on the spiritual vulnerabilities of Hillary and John.  The other commentary I believe this image nails, by the way, is the current alignment between the Clinton and McCain campaigns in seeking to not-so-divinely drive up Obama’s negatives.

The (Visual) Politics Of Prayer (BNN)

(image: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters. Washington. February 1, 2007. via YahooNews)

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