Friday, October 24, 2008

The Economist Cover

We've become used to seeing photos of Obama from a distance or, as with the Time covers, straight on and probably altered or airbrushed if ever so slightly.

This untouched image of Obama from the side is unusually intimate. It makes the viewer feel like she's about to whisper something in his ear ("Look, Karl Rove showed up without a tie!;" "salad fork is the little one;" Butthead is, in fact, the more highly evolved one").

The pursed lips and contemplative expression evoke both perplexity and determination, unlike the typical photos which read confidence and arrival.

In short, here, he looks more like us.

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