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Reading The Pictures: TIME's Obama Already Bearing The Brunt?

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Does the TIME Inaugural cover make Obama look a little gaunt, a little aged (neck), not 100% pulled together (collar), with a dullness/tiredness in the (right) eye?

In priming the portrait with "Great Expectations," is the image necessarily a future projection, as if we're seeing an Obama not just looking ahead, but already years out and feeling it?

TIME Cover Story.

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