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October 19, 2009

Your Turn: Mixing it Up with the Kids

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What do you read the shot on the left which Getty used to feature its editorial package on Obama’s Maryland school visit (as opposed to the Reuters shot on the right)? Is the shot on the left necessarily negative, by the way, or does it actually resonate more widely in articulating Obama’s larger challenge these days? And then, which one do you think will circulate more widely?

Update 7:45 pm PST: If you circulate #1… what a gift to the right that this President should come off as 1.) angry, or 2.) unable to short things out between two grade schoolers. And if you circulate #2, who’s going to pay attention?

(image 1: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images. image 2: Jason Reed/Reuters. Getty caption: US President Barack Obama chats with students during a visit to Viers Mill Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland. The school was picked because it was the first Title I school in Montgomery County to win the National Blue Ribbon for significantly closing the achievement gap. It won this in 2005.)

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