01/08/2013 07:59 am ET Updated Mar 10, 2013

Backdrop Backstory: Mitt-Romney's-Official-Portrait Edition

1. Colleague Bruce Handy e-mails: "Inadvertently or not, the portraitist did a nice job of capturing Romney's discomfort in his own skin." That's true. In this way, Mitt Romney is just a regular American: like everyone else, he finds Mitt Romney a little off-putting but he can't quite put his finger on why. Is it the smile? Could be the smile. Or something with the shoulders ...

2. We did not realize Mitt Romney was married to 80s-era Tina Brown. Cute couple.

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