The real deal (* actual reality may vary).
John MacDougall of Agence France-Presse has put together a composition that captures the entire essence of the Obama presidency in this picture. Here we see a presidency that really wants to be loved by the world, the quintessential politician who aspires to be a rock star some day.
But alas, he's also someone who doesn't want to put the time into actually showing up for duty in person to win any such trust.
Throw in the somewhat disinterested and ironically un-surprised crowd (see inset), and you've got what I think is a truly iconic representation of the way things stand today.
(But enough about me—what do you think?)
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US President Barack Obama makes a surprise video address to celebrations in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on November 9, 2009 in Berlin marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. AFP PHOTO JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)