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Reading the Pictures: Midterms: Where Tuesday's Whole Debacle Got Started

11/03/2010 01:50 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Michael Shaw Publisher of the visual politics and media literacy site, Reading The Pictures.

The photo ran fifteen days after the 2008 election. Read the caption:

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama (R) applauds Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the Republican presidential nominee, at bi-partisan dinner honoring McCain in Washington on January 19, 2009. (UPI Photo/Joshua Roberts/Pool)

In reaching out, and reaching out, and reaching out again, it was obvious Tuesday night -- as the Republican's made clear from the beginning -- the President was wasting his applause.

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