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Notes Photo January 15, 2014

Latest Pushback to The White House Photo Op: President "That Guy" Meets the Millennials

Sure, we can debate the genuineness or artifice of Obama the "everyman." But how does that even matter anymore when a White House PR gesture suddenly morphs into this?

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Notes Photo June 3, 2012

John Edwards: Best and Last Look

If tolerance for John Edwards is pretty low, these photos at the conclusion of his trial caught our eye.

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Notes Photo March 7, 2012

They Think the Obama, Harvard, Derrick Bell Video Makes the President Look Bad? Look Again.

If you watch and listen to the video of Harvard Law student Barack Obama speaking up for the outspoken professor, it's not completely without consequences. The net, however, is that it's actually flattering to Obama, and here's why.

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Notes Photo March 5, 2012

The Ongoing Saga of Romney and the Proletariat

What does stand out about the image is the way you could draw a line right through the middle of it -- clock punchers above and Romney below -- and have another nice portrait of two Americas.

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Notes Photo February 27, 2012

Romney, Daytona and the CEO Circuit

If a lot of the media still thought the pic of the day involved Romney coming, by chance, upon a Santorum-sponsored car, still others accented Romney's "CEO problem" by leading with the shot of Mitt and the Sprint boss.

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Notes Photo December 11, 2011

Variation on a Theme

Romney: the face of the 1% -- especially after the "wanna bet" screenshot at last night's Iowa debate.

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Notes Photo November 30, 2011

Baghdad, California: LAPD Evicts OccupyLA with Embedded Media. (X's Indy Cams, Too)

Well, the revolution actually will be televised -- the same way the Iraq and Afghan wars were, which is with a few hand-picked embedded reporters and photographers escorted around by the men and women in blue.

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Notes Photo October 27, 2011

Occupy Entering Tar-and-Feather Phase? The Case of the Guy With the AK at Occupy Atlanta Rally

More the flavor of Tea (and militia) than anything else, the photo represents one more projection of hate onto a non-violent Occupy movement suddenly vulnerable to contamination, infiltration, exploitation -- and, yes, provocation -- by all forms of crazy.

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Notes Photo August 15, 2011

Obama Still Letting GOP Define Terms

I mean, Michael Deaver, looking at Obama with the hay bales, must be laughing from the grave.

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Notes Photo August 4, 2011

The Picture from Iowa, 2012: Pawlenty Shooting Blanks; Bachmann Certainly Isn't

One might say that Pawlenty deserves points for being so unscripted, but I'm afraid being "unpackaged" these days requires an even slicker package.

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Notes Photo July 27, 2011

Romney: Not Warm. Unfuzzy.

This L.A. photo op was a disaster and it wasn't just because the baby blew him off.

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Notes Photo July 14, 2011

A Cameron Photo Op Gone Awry

In a matter of a few seconds, its not Cameron and Clegg that are in charge, but David Nunn – who, as he points out, is the most ‘senior surgeon’ on the ward.

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Notes Photo July 13, 2011

Sarkozy Buzzes and Poses While Karzai's Brother Crashes and Burns

In a brilliant stroke of bad timing, Sarkozy buzzes around in a French helicopter at the same time Karzai's powerful brother is killed by a likely Taliban-sympathizing body guard.

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Notes Photo June 30, 2011

White House Flickr Snapshot – Late June '11 Edition (#2): Beware the Bubble

I'm wondering why Souza posted that shot of Obama above, and whether it communicates more than the duty and engagement the White House imagines it does.

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Notes Photo June 29, 2011

White House Flickr Snapshot – Late June '11 Edition (#1): War and Economy

The lack of focus on the war or the economy in the last group of photos uploaded to the White House Flickr stream is a real mystery.

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Notes Photo June 22, 2011

Huntsman, Asha and Gracie Mei

Please tell me Huntsman, the presidential product, wasn't simultaneously using these two children as a brand endorsement.

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Notes Photo June 20, 2011

The Golf Summit

As the first African-American president, one with the foreign name who rode into Washington with the supposedly liberal pedigree, Obama's fascination with golf, and particularly, golf photo ops (yeah, what happened to those bball games?) can be seen to reassure conservatives and and the establishment.

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Notes Photo June 16, 2011

Boehner's Ciggy

If we already know Washington is a lot more like Hollywood than real life, this photo is a profoundly rare everyday visual example of it, helping us to actually see with our own eyes how little correlation there is between personality and behavior, and the communications and scenes were...

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