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May 3, 2010

Obama Right in the Thick of Things


Call it a variation on the Neo shot, but with an environmental CIC twist.

With the media building some buzz as recently as Saturday about the pace and quality of the Administration’s response to the oil spill in the Gulf, the President’s appearance on the scene on Sunday was almost inevitable.

If Obama’s commanding manner wasn’t enough, however, the “sheen” of this photo made his presence that much more resonant. What I’m talking about is that, in the rain — as he discusses the environmental crisis — Obama’s jacket takes on the sensory quality of a slicker with an almost oily-black surface.  Besides conveying that Obama is clearly in “the thick of things,” the quality of the jacket suggest that he’s actually wearing the catastrophe.

(caption: U.S. President Barack Obama talks after touring the Coast Guard Venice Center in the Gulf of Mexico region to view environmental damage caused by the sinking of BP’s oil and gas Deepwater Horizontal drilling rig while in Venice, Louisiana, May 2, 2010.)

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