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March 3, 2010

Heath Care: The End End End Game

Obama health care doctors East Room.jpg

Like that leftover crust of bread, this photo was shot following yesterday’s White House speech in which Obama signaled the end of deliberations over health care reform.

In terms of pictures, there were better shots of the doctors filling the room or backing up the President on stage. None, though, captured the storyline of the last few weeks as well as this one. With Obama having performed his due diligence with defiant Republicans to craft and cast the bill as bipartisan, and having otherwise given fresh meaning to the term “exhausting the process,” the subtext of the photo — the mutual admiration and the flash not withstanding — is: “enough already!”

(photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images. caption: US President Barack Obama waves to healthcare professionals after speaking about his final strategy for moving forward with health insurance reform in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, March 3, 2010.)

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