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January 18, 2009

Out Of Lincoln, Etc.

WASHINGTON - JANUARY 18: U.S. President-elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle walk down the stairs of the Lincoln Memorial during the "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration At The Lincoln Memorial" on January 18, 2009 at the National Mall in Washington, DC. The event includes a diverse array of talent featuring both musical performances and historical readings and an appearance by U.S. President-elect Barack Obama. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Some concert notes….

As the inauguration show kicks off in Washington, this photo offers the Obamas walking down the stairs of the Lincoln Memorial as part of the HBO “We Are One” extravaganza. The way Obama aligns with the statue visually plays with the sense that Obama actually emanates from his hero or is in some way his descendent.

Justin Sullivan/Getty. January 18, 2009. Washington

This shot, on the other hand, by the NYT’s Doug Mills (via The Caucus ), makes it seem like 16 has his arm, or cloak, around 44.

Kevin Mazur, HBOAnd then, so much for metaphors as the incoming administration is seen to reanimate the American eagle.

(image 1: Justin Sullivan/Getty. January 18, 2009. Washington. image 2: Kevin Mazur, HBO)

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