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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Monday, January 12, 2009

Picture of the Day - 2

(Military personnel act as stand-ins for President-elect Barack Obama and family on the West Front of the Capitol during a rehearsal for the Inauguration Ceremony in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds))

(NYTimes: "When he was announced as the president of the United States for the first time, Mr. Faux-Bama was given an ovation from clusters of people who looked on from the Capitol grounds and the mall.")


  • You know I have this "thing," sometimes, of seeing racial bias where there may or may not actually be any bias. But it made me go "Hmm" that they felt it necessary for the stand-ins to be Black.

    Really. I know this isn't a big deal (or any deal at all) but it still hints our -- not obsession actually, but preoccupation -- with racial identity as the chief identifier of an individual.

    By Blogger -epm, at 8:58 AM  

  • I think it was to test lighting/cameras. They also tried to match height and weight except for the youngest Obama.

    The people were supposedly picked by the military.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 10:44 AM  

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