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March 5, 2008

Our Man In Ohio #5: Taking It To The Bank

This is the last in a 48 hour series of Ohio primary dispatches from photojournalist and BNN Contributer Alan Chin.

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In Hillary’s triumph, this old hall gives the moment an historical feel, the confetti conjuring a ticker tape parade, or even a convention balloon drop.

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In a bold, if largely overlooked statement, Bill Clinton — though thanked by name — was, for the first time, completely erased from a primary evening.

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The spotlight on this TV producer — stoic amidst the emotion — speaks to the stark contrast between two beasts feeding off of (and, on) each other, one being big media, and the other, the contemporary presidential juggernaut.

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In spite of the celebratory mood, the victory speech was tough and mocking.  At one point, Clinton parroted her opponent’s "narrative of hope" by talking in near-rhyme.  At the conclusion, the Obama call-and-response "yes we can" was refashioned into "yes we will."  Or, was it: "yes she will?"

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The intensity of emotion and the release of energy was apparently nothing that could be gleaned through television.

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Clinton was awe inspiring — perhaps, with an emphasis on the awe.

(image: ©Alan Chin. Columbus, Ohio. March 4, 2008.  Used by permission)

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