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April 13, 2010

Arms (Legs and Plain Whole Body) Reduction

Obama Medvedev summit.jpg

I’m surprised how many of the opening summit portraits show Obama so small.

It wasn’t completely because of the vantage, because the pictures on the newswires — of world leaders meeting Obama before the opening banquet — show a mix of scales. Could the shrinkage be due, at least in part, to the fact the Administration never really sold the significance of the summit, and Obama’s anti-nuke diplomacy, to the American public and the domestic media? (These poll numbers seem telling along those lines.)

The photo offers the two otherwise heavyweights of the summit, a mini-Obama with the mini-Medvedev, if you could even tell.

Update: Now here’s an explanation. The media is up-in-arms about being “sidelined.”

(photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images, Nuclear Security Summit at the Washington Convention Center. Washington, DC, April 12, 2010.)

  • mcmama

    Erm – or maybe you’re reading too much into this?

  • Cyranetta

    My interpretation would be that the issue is so much bigger than any individual involved, which argues for the importance of the summit.

  • Gasho

    The whole idea that Obama isn’t playing up his successes enough, in my opinion, is going to seem strategic come election time. Imagine Obama in a debate explaining some of the things he’s been able to accomplish. He may very well be soft pedaling now, but just wait till it’s time to bring out the trumpet.

  • betty adams

    just what in the helllllll are you talking about?

  • Megan

    Well, they’re giants relative to the size of the world in the background. They’re clearly the only two relevant people in the world. And, refreshingly, they’re set in the whole world, Asia at the center.
    I’ll ask, because I seem to have adopted this role, where are women? I have come to expect that my political pictures have women in them.

  • futurebird

    Megan I’m used to not seeing any women– how did you get the idea that you’d see women here? I’m glad you mention it its worth saying– every time.

  • Megan

    Because during the presidential campaign, I started noticing how much of the field men and women took up.
    McCain pics: virtually no women.
    Clinton pics: lots of women, maybe 80-90% of the human part of the shot.
    Obama pics: women often at 30-40% of the human part of the shot. They usually aren’t entirely missing. Even if it is a tiny proportion, you can often find Pelosi somewhere.
    After a year of his presidency, I’ve gotten used to seeing at least some women somewhere. I like it. I’m ready for it to be at slightly more than 50% of the human parts of the picture all the time.

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