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July 28, 2011

The Picture from Iowa, 2012: Bachmann’s Inner Child

Brendan Hoffman reports that Michele Bachmann, proud and unabashedly self-referential when it comes to her role as a mother and foster-mom, gravitates most strongly to the children at her events, and vice-versa. Regarding the whiteboard, this is a standard presentation Bachmann gives to help the audience imagine how big a trillion is.

Not to be condescending, but do you sense a strong elementary quality here with a childlike feel to many of these faces and bodies?

PHOTOGRAPHS by Brendan Hoffman/Prime Collective. Campaign Tumblr Site.

Follow all the posts in this series at: The Picture from Iowa, 2012.

(photos 1 -3: Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann campaigns on Saturday, July 23, 2011 in Marshalltown, IA. photo 4: A boy listens to Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann speak during a campaign stop on Sunday, July 24, 2011 in Davenport, IA.)

About the Photographer

Brendan Hoffman

Brendan Hoffman (b. Albany, NY, 1980) is a photographer based in Washington, DC. He began his career in 2007 after working at a desk for several years in the non-profit sector. He divides his time between client and personal work. Assignments often involve covering news and politics for publications such as TIME magazine or the New York Times. His personal projects reflect his interest in the ways in which economic and political structures shape modern society. His ongoing project “Stand the Middle Ground” is an exploration of contemporary middle class America in the context of free trade and the decline of manufacturing in a small Iowa town. Brendan has received awards for his photography from Pictures of the Year International, the White House News Photographers Association, and other organizations. He has worked in a variety of countries for both editorial and NGO clients, and is a co-founder of Prime. See more of Brendan's work for BagNews here.

  • bks

    She make Mitt Romney look like Leo Buscaglia.

         –bks
     

  • marc sobel

    Sorry, you had me with the shoes.

    • psychohistorian

      Anyone too inept to wear comfortable shoes and is insecure of their height is too stupid to be in charge of our country.

  • Dwhite2762

    In the first picture, Michele looks like a first grader reciting in front of a poorly attended PTA (mostly grandparents).  Her feet look slightly pigeon-toed.  But maybe it is the shoes.
      Is it the angle of the camera that makes her appear like a very small person?
    Coming from another woman, those shoes are not very serious!

  • omen

    no wedding ring?

    • http://www.bagnewsnotes.com Michael Shaw

      Hmm, nice read.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t trust people who don’t seem to think they need to show the common courtesy of keeping their hands to themselves. Shake the people’s hands for crying out loud. Do not paw them.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t trust people who don’t seem to think they need to show the common courtesy of keeping their hands to themselves. Shake the people’s hands for crying out loud. Do not paw them.

  • Anonymous

    Brendan Hoffman’s commentary was not condescending but very childish. He should take off his Sigmund Freud beanie.

  • Anonymous

     The ad hominem attacks against Bachmann by the media jackals have boomeranged against the Left and hugely helped Bachmann.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/how-attacking-michele-bachmann-is-making-her-stronger/2011/07/27/gIQAWdz4cI_blog.html
    Whenever the press attacks Bachmann, she “gets a flood of support and money. She becomes ‘Every Woman,’ a misunderstood Tea Party mother of five facing down an elitist, arrogant, Obama-leaning press corps.” The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.
    Public Policy Polling 7/28/11 New Jersey: Romney22%; Bachmann at 21%. North Carolina: Romney nn 23%; Bachmann 22%

  • Hilwie
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sonny-Fellers/1453292793 Sonny Fellers

    Bachmann
    gave away 6,000 tickets (free) and received 4,800 votes. Ron Paul sold
    4,000 tickets ($10) and received 4,600+ votes. Just sayin’….

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