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July 23, 2009

A Handy Look at Professor Obama's Presser #4

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If you happened to be watching with the sound off, you would have noticed that Obama’s gestures in his press conference on health care last night were more frequent and exaggerated than usual.

What the visuals speak to is the profound complexity of trying to represent the problem of health care — socially, economically politically, legislatively — to a skeptical press, public and Congress each and all being torn and confused by everyone making out off the system. If the particulars of the debate, however, can sound like a foreign language, all these gestures can be reduced down to one question everyone can see and understand but, especially as endlessly-wanting Americans, we stubbornly resist: How do you set and live within limits?

(…Of course, with Obama working in some potshots at Repubs, doctors, insurance companies and the media, one could also think of plenty of other associations for that last pic.)

(image 1, 2 & 3 Jewel Samad – AFP/Getty Images. image #4: Paul J. Richards – AFP. image #5 & 6: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.)

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