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January 16, 2009

Barack Going Courting

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama walks with Supreme Court justices during a visit to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington January 14, 2009. REUTERS/Pete Souza/Obama Transition Team/Handout (UNITED STATES).  FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

Clearly, this is the more dramatic shot.

But the one above, of Obama moving with the Supremes, seems more strategically interesting (although I am impressed, in the linked image, with how our legal scholar-in-Chief parked himself at the head of the table).

Notice above how Obama situates himself between Ginsburg and Scalia. Seems like more evidence (the Ex-Presidents portrait being the best recent example) how Obama likes to draw tight with the opposition. (And then, I’m actually wondering now if Scalia and/or Alito might actually be the off-camera focus in the linked shot?)

Of course, who knows what Clarence Thomas is thinking about the first African-American president, the Justice being an outlier in both photos and, in this one, finding some solidarity with maybe a familiar security person?

(image/Pete Souza – Obama Transition Team)

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