I’m surprised how many of the opening summit portraits show Obama so small.
It wasn’t completely because of the vantage, because the pictures on the newswires — of world leaders meeting Obama before the opening banquet — show a mix of scales. Could the shrinkage be due, at least in part, to the fact the Administration never really sold the significance of the summit, and Obama’s anti-nuke diplomacy, to the American public and the domestic media? (These poll numbers seem telling along those lines.)
The photo offers the two otherwise heavyweights of the summit, a mini-Obama with the mini-Medvedev, if you could even tell.
Update: Now here’s an explanation. The media is up-in-arms about being “sidelined.”
(photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images, Nuclear Security Summit at the Washington Convention Center. Washington, DC, April 12, 2010.)