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Reading the Pictures: Obama's Wars (And That's Just at the Office)

09/23/2010 02:23 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Michael Shaw Publisher of the visual politics and media literacy site, Reading The Pictures.

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If Mike Allen thinks Woodward's book is a net positive for Obama, the cover surely isn't. Yes, the "team of rivals" is hopelessly divided. Much worse, however, is the implication that a frustrated Obama (see: tensed jaw and furrowed brow), far from leading or directing anybody, has become marginalized and penned in by a small-minded free-for-all.

Given that dynamic, the title takes on a different loading, the "WARS" relating more to Obama's battle with his advisers, and the advisers with each other, than to America's engagements overseas. The meta? Obama's larger profile is at risk because he can't keep his house in order.

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