June 9, 2009

Your Turn: The Artful President

President Barack Obama tours the Pompidou Centre modern art museum in Paris with his family June 6, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)  This official White House photograph is being made available for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way or used in materials, advertisements, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

The best analysis of this image on the White House Flickr stream, if you can call it that, was “man in a bubble.”

Doesn’t this photo, taken of the Obama family at the Pompidou Museum (and currently sitting atop the Flickr site), though, have a good deal to say about the Administration’s perception/projection of itself as modern, curious, aesthetic, intellectual, contemplative, familial and, yes, visual?

(image: Pete Souza/White House. Paris. June 6, 2006. WH Flickr stream)

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