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November 8, 2008

Only One President At A Time (Heh, Heh)

US President-elect Barack Obama (C), and Vice President-elect Joe Biden (C-L) meet with the Transition Economic Advisory Board November 7, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama met with economic advisors as the US unemployment rate rose to its highest level since 1994.    AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)It’s simply a brilliant shot, visually indistinguishable from a first cabinet meeting a mere three days into the transition.

(Of course, making Obama look presidential has been a driving focus of the PR team all along, achieved in equal significance here.)

The critics might call it presumption, but the difference between Bush spin and Obama spin couldn’t be more different. In Bush’s case, he has relied on the backgrounds and symbols of the office to lend him the appearance of substance. With Obama, on the other hand, it’s his own substance which allows him to borrow the trappings and still create a natural fit.

Bush’s Sub-Prime Moment (BNN)

(image: Stan Honda – AFP/Getty. Chicago. November 8, 2008)

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