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November 2, 2010

When Politicians (Not Just Pictures) Actually Spoke To Two Americas

A man gets on his knees next to the car carrying U.S. President Barack Obama as he pulls away from Valois restaurant in Chicago, October 31, 2010.   REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Larry Downing/Reuters

I’m not sure if what we’re seeing here is an act of devotion or mental illness.  Still, the scene of this man kneeling in front of Obama’s limo as the Prez leaves Valois, the very modest cafeteria in his neighborhood, is suggestive of the awesome gap between the have and increasingly-despairing have nots in this country.

What is even more notable about the picture, in a midterm election that pandered so shamelessly to the fast-sinking American middle class, is how the poor and indigent really never did rise above the gutter in this election cycle.

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