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 Shows how much the White House rides on popular culture.
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(credit: Sonya N. Hebert/Official White House Photo caption:  First Lady Michelle Obama is picked up by U.S. Olympic wrestler Elena Pirozhkova during a greet with Team USA Olympic athletes competing in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, at the U.S. Olympic Training Facility at the University of East London in London, England, July 27, 2012.)
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Shows how much the White House rides on popular culture.

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(credit: Sonya N. Hebert/Official White House Photo caption: First Lady Michelle Obama is picked up by U.S. Olympic wrestler Elena Pirozhkova during a greet with Team USA Olympic athletes competing in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, at the U.S. Olympic Training Facility at the University of East London in London, England, July 27, 2012.)

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Michelle Obama in London not not getting along with the locals. Far cry from Mitt’s tug-o-war.

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(photo: Getty Images caption: US First Lady Michelle Obama (C) plays tug-of-war during ‘Let’s Move-London’ event at the Winfield House in London on July 27, 2012, hours before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.)

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Michelle Obama in London not not getting along with the locals. Far cry from Mitt’s tug-o-war.

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(photo: Getty Images caption: US First Lady Michelle Obama (C) plays tug-of-war during ‘Let’s Move-London’ event at the Winfield House in London on July 27, 2012, hours before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.)

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 It’s a lovely photo playing on the gesture, the quote and the Hokie Stone. With tragedy on the Virginia Tech campus in mind, think Michelle Obama as angel of redemption.
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(credit: Lawrence Jackson/Official White House Photo caption:  First Lady Michelle Obama touches the Hokie Stone before walking onto the field at Lane Stadium to give the Virginia Tech commencement address in Blacksburg, Va., May 11, 2012.)
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It’s a lovely photo playing on the gesture, the quote and the Hokie Stone. With tragedy on the Virginia Tech campus in mind, think Michelle Obama as angel of redemption.

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(credit: Lawrence Jackson/Official White House Photo caption: First Lady Michelle Obama touches the Hokie Stone before walking onto the field at Lane Stadium to give the Virginia Tech commencement address in Blacksburg, Va., May 11, 2012.)

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Bush Advisor Karl Rove and former Bush Press Secretary Dana Perino on their way out of the Bush portrait unveiling at the White House yesterday. Is the best caption “I’ll be back!” or “Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.” Besides Perino captured as mad woman, it’s a flashback to the Bush bacchanal.
via India Times
(credit:AP Photo caption:  Former White House advisor Karl Rove, left, and former White House press secretary Dana Perino, right, are seen leaving the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 31, 2012, after attending the portrait unveiling ceremony for former President George W. Bush.)
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Bush Advisor Karl Rove and former Bush Press Secretary Dana Perino on their way out of the Bush portrait unveiling at the White House yesterday. Is the best caption “I’ll be back!” or “Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.” Besides Perino captured as mad woman, it’s a flashback to the Bush bacchanal.

via India Times

(credit:AP Photo caption: Former White House advisor Karl Rove, left, and former White House press secretary Dana Perino, right, are seen leaving the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 31, 2012, after attending the portrait unveiling ceremony for former President George W. Bush.)

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One of my favorites of the great photos of the presidential portrait unveiling yesterday. Getty photographer Mandel Ngan manages to capture each actor as we have always known them: the “pause for laughs” expression on George Bush’s face and Laura Bush’s trademarked camera beam in the wrong direction. Ah, the Bush Administration…sigh.

via The Denver Post

(credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Photos caption: US President Barack Obama (L) and First Lady Michelle Obama (R) pose with former US president George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush during the unveiling of their portraits May31, 2012 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.)

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From the latest White House Flickr upload.
Obama and Cameron as Cary Grants. The odd thing about this atmospheric photo is the presence of the leader of the free world out of focus with his back to the camera but still cool. How does he do that? 
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(credit: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo  caption: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visit with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom and Samantha Cameron during a State Dinner reception on the Truman Balcony of the White House, March 14, 2012.)
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From the latest White House Flickr upload.

Obama and Cameron as Cary Grants. The odd thing about this atmospheric photo is the presence of the leader of the free world out of focus with his back to the camera but still cool. How does he do that?

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(credit: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo caption: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visit with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom and Samantha Cameron during a State Dinner reception on the Truman Balcony of the White House, March 14, 2012.)

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I don’t know what to say, if anything, about these shots of young Sasha except that they are sweet and boy, is she growing up. I think she gets less notice when she’s with her sister whose height, resemblance to her father, and more obvious growth spurt takes all the attention.

via DayLife

(photo credit: Pool/Getty Images News caption: Top photo: President Barack Obama, daughter Sasha Obama and first lady Michelle Obama leave after services at St. John’s Church, March 18, 2012 in Washington, DC. The historic church is steps away from the White House. Bottom Photo: President Barack Obama, daughter Sasha Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk across Lafayette Park on their way to services at St. John’s Church, March 18, 2012 in Washington, DC. The historic church is steps away from the White House.)

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The politics of captions (see below): if you are going to mention Cameron’s marriage (and Obama’s), why not Andrew Sullivan’s?
(That’s more like it.)
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(photo credit: Charles Dharapak/AP Images caption:  Andrew Sullivan of Newsweek/Daily Beast, left, and Aaron Tone arrive at the Booksellers area of the White House in Washington for the State Dinner hosted by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha, Wednesday, March 14, 2012.)
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The politics of captions (see below): if you are going to mention Cameron’s marriage (and Obama’s), why not Andrew Sullivan’s?

(That’s more like it.)

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(photo credit: Charles Dharapak/AP Images caption: Andrew Sullivan of Newsweek/Daily Beast, left, and Aaron Tone arrive at the Booksellers area of the White House in Washington for the State Dinner hosted by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha, Wednesday, March 14, 2012.)

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A fascinating look at Michelle from the the latest White House batch. 
Speaks to: 1. How much she can command the center even in the background or off to the side. 2. On one level, yes, like any first lady, she’s also an ornament. But she’s also radiant, shimmering. The epitome of the holiday. 3. Then, picking up on the crossed legs, there are some relationship dynamics. As the caption below reveals, it’s not lost on the White House when Barack — admittedly, a little tied up as leader of the free world, but also a known wonk — keeps Michelle waiting.
via: Washington Post. White House 2011: The Year in Photos
(photo credit: Pete Souza/White House  caption:  Interrupting a Christmas holiday photo line, the president confers with Rob Nabors, assistant to the president for legislative affairs, about the latest developments in the payroll tax cut extension as the first lady waits in the background.) 
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A fascinating look at Michelle from the the latest White House batch.

Speaks to: 1. How much she can command the center even in the background or off to the side. 2. On one level, yes, like any first lady, she’s also an ornament. But she’s also radiant, shimmering. The epitome of the holiday. 3. Then, picking up on the crossed legs, there are some relationship dynamics. As the caption below reveals, it’s not lost on the White House when Barack — admittedly, a little tied up as leader of the free world, but also a known wonk — keeps Michelle waiting.

via: Washington Post. White House 2011: The Year in Photos

(photo credit: Pete Souza/White House caption: Interrupting a Christmas holiday photo line, the president confers with Rob Nabors, assistant to the president for legislative affairs, about the latest developments in the payroll tax cut extension as the first lady waits in the background.)

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