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If Rudy Giuliani is going to put forth Mitt as someone who has “been a leader in the effort to make certain that America remains safe,” consider the photo by Getty’s John Moore as something of a reality check on this photo-op marking the 1 year anniversary of bin Laden’s killing. If you’re going to exploit the terrorism issue and the 9/11 attack by posing alongside a fire vehicle emblazoned with names of deceased “first responders,” then it only makes sense to present “another side,” that — through the car window — being the skeptical faces of citizen onlookers.

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(photo: John Moore/Getty Images caption: Pedestrians watch as Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to the media after visiting a firehouse on May 1, 2012 in New York City. Romney and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani visited Engine 24 Ladder 5, a firehouse which lost many of its firemen during the 9/11 attacks.)

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If Rudy Giuliani is going to put forth Mitt as someone who has “been a leader in the effort to make certain that America remains safe,” consider the photo by Getty’s John Moore as something of a reality check on this photo-op marking the 1 year anniversary of bin Laden’s killing. If you’re going to exploit the terrorism issue and the 9/11 attack by posing alongside a fire vehicle emblazoned with names of deceased “first responders,” then it only makes sense to present “another side,” that — through the car window — being the skeptical faces of citizen onlookers.

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(photo: John Moore/Getty Images caption: Pedestrians watch as Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to the media after visiting a firehouse on May 1, 2012 in New York City. Romney and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani visited Engine 24 Ladder 5, a firehouse which lost many of its firemen during the 9/11 attacks.)

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Tags #Romney    #9/11    #exploiting 9/11    #terrorism    #photo op    #news    #politics    #Getty Images    #John Moore   

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Not sure where to even start with this one. Besides all the chemistry between Mitt and Poppa, pooch must have heard about Seamus.

via: Detroit News. h/t: Lauren.

(photo: Pat Sullivan / Associated Press caption: n this Dec. 1, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney meets with former President George H.W. Bush in Houston.)

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Not sure where to even start with this one. Besides all the chemistry between Mitt and Poppa, pooch must have heard about Seamus.

via: Detroit News. h/t: Lauren.

(photo: Pat Sullivan / Associated Press caption: n this Dec. 1, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney meets with former President George H.W. Bush in Houston.)

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A good time was had by all, yes. But the underlying symbolism has to do with an electorate still trying to sketch a picture for itself of who this guy is.
via:
(photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images caption: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds up a sketch drawn by Jessica Fluegel (foreground) during a campaign stop at the Machine Shed Restaurant March 18, 2012 in Rockford, IL. Romney is campaigning in Illinois three days before that state’s primary elections , when 54 GOP delegates are up for grabs. With Romney in the lead on delegates, fellow candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum continues to compete for the 1,444 necessary to secure the nomination before the last primary, in Utah on June 26)
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A good time was had by all, yes. But the underlying symbolism has to do with an electorate still trying to sketch a picture for itself of who this guy is.

via:

(photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images caption: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds up a sketch drawn by Jessica Fluegel (foreground) during a campaign stop at the Machine Shed Restaurant March 18, 2012 in Rockford, IL. Romney is campaigning in Illinois three days before that state’s primary elections , when 54 GOP delegates are up for grabs. With Romney in the lead on delegates, fellow candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum continues to compete for the 1,444 necessary to secure the nomination before the last primary, in Utah on June 26)

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Soldier. Soldier. Soldier. Soldier. Soldier. Soldier. Never been a soldier. (Romney war-baiting over Iran at AIPAC.)

via: Daylife

(photo: Reuters caption: U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney appears on a monitor as he speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, March 6, 2012.)

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Soldier. Soldier. Soldier. Soldier. Soldier. Soldier. Never been a soldier. (Romney war-baiting over Iran at AIPAC.)

via: Daylife

(photo: Reuters caption: U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney appears on a monitor as he speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, March 6, 2012.)

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For tarmac fans, a clever metaphor for Romney campaign, but which one?
• Too much baggage.
• The 99% treatment.
• They just can’t land it.
• He’s in charge of the dog.
via: Zimbio
(photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images caption: A worker’s legs hang from the belly of the campaign plane of Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as members of the press board at Luken Airport on March 4, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mitt Romney is campaigning in Georgia and Tennessee ahead of Super Tuesday.)
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For tarmac fans, a clever metaphor for Romney campaign, but which one?

• Too much baggage.

• The 99% treatment.

• They just can’t land it.

• He’s in charge of the dog.

via: Zimbio

(photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images caption: A worker’s legs hang from the belly of the campaign plane of Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as members of the press board at Luken Airport on March 4, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mitt Romney is campaigning in Georgia and Tennessee ahead of Super Tuesday.)

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 Call us when you get the tattoo. 
via Guardian News Gallery
(photo credit:  Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA caption: Snellville, US: Ruth Malhotra shows off her henna-dyed hands in support of Mitt Romney at a pancake brunch at Brookwood high school.) 
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Call us when you get the tattoo.

via Guardian News Gallery

(photo credit: Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA caption: Snellville, US: Ruth Malhotra shows off her henna-dyed hands in support of Mitt Romney at a pancake brunch at Brookwood high school.)

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Tags #Campaign '12    #Georgia Primary    #News    #Romney    #Super Tuesday    #henna    #photojournalism    #politics    #India   

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The New Yorker Romney/Ricky car roof cover - why it matters right now:

Of course, the cover is damning for two meta-reasons. 1) it cements “pooch on the roof” as a central flaw in the Romney persona. 2) It mocks all those ads showing Romney behind the wheel and claiming some kind of connection with Detroit, the auto industry and, especially, America’s working class.

Why it’s deadly RIGHT THIS MINUTE however is because of “the new Romney” being rolled out this morning with the hopes of pitching a more warm and fuzzy Mitt. Talk about a hit-and-run through that intersection!
via: Coverjunkie via The New Yorker
(illustration: Bob Staake caption)
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The New Yorker Romney/Ricky car roof cover - why it matters right now:

Of course, the cover is damning for two meta-reasons. 1) it cements “pooch on the roof” as a central flaw in the Romney persona. 2) It mocks all those ads showing Romney behind the wheel and claiming some kind of connection with Detroit, the auto industry and, especially, America’s working class.

Why it’s deadly RIGHT THIS MINUTE however is because of “the new Romney” being rolled out this morning with the hopes of pitching a more warm and fuzzy Mitt. Talk about a hit-and-run through that intersection!

via: Coverjunkie via The New Yorker

(illustration: Bob Staake caption)

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A searing photo prior to Romney factory visit by photographer Yana Paskova. One of the strongest images I’ve seen this campaign season. People looking for real meaning. 

via:NYT Lens Blog

(photo: Yana Paskova for The New York Times caption: In Rockford, Mich., the audience was there, but the candidate had yet to arrive. A day before the Republican primary, Mitt Romney appeared at a rally at Byrne Electrical Specialists.)

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A searing photo prior to Romney factory visit by photographer Yana Paskova. One of the strongest images I’ve seen this campaign season. People looking for real meaning.

via:NYT Lens Blog

(photo: Yana Paskova for The New York Times caption: In Rockford, Mich., the audience was there, but the candidate had yet to arrive. A day before the Republican primary, Mitt Romney appeared at a rally at Byrne Electrical Specialists.)

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Visual media’s Romney treatment turns vicious: “Honey, I shrunk the GOP” meets “girly man in USA party dress”
via: Sacramento Bee
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Visual media’s Romney treatment turns vicious: “Honey, I shrunk the GOP” meets “girly man in USA party dress”

via: Sacramento Bee

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Re: the NYMag Romney “plastered-on-smile” post that’s making the rounds today: 
 Why people are (rightly) suspicious of Romney’s 20-megaton smile is because it’s a reflex, not the product of a more natural emotion. What’s the difference? Physical reflexes express themselves in a constant way almost every time whereas the facial expression of true emotion has more distinction and nuance to it, made up as it typically is of different combinations and degrees of feelings and thoughts. 
Unfortunately for Mitt, he has a very limited range of emotion which is why he’s always referred to, leading off the NY Mag piece, as a stiff or a robot. 
I know someone is going to say: but politicians put on faces all the time so what Romney is doing in all those photos is actually no different than the “happy face” Obama or Bush would put on. Well, yes and no. It’s true that Obama and Bush apply public faces but both those men have (much) more capacity for true geniality than Romney does — Bush, the good ole boy, that much more so than Obama. That being the case, you’re still going to see more “plasticity,” more genuineness, and less resort to a “slap-happy reflex” in Obama, and certainly, in the Bush public face than what you see when the rigid Romney simply pulls the slap-happy “hey, how are ‘ya!” lever. 
 Something else to note about Romney “emotional spectrum,” by the way. The one emotion Mitt has no trouble experiencing in it’s full range (from annoyance to frustration, from offendedness to defensive counter-attack) is anger. In light of the terms above, you can tell the difference because these types of expressions look quite natural and distinct. There being a lower bar for people to experience “negative” emotions than “positive” ones from emotional development standpoint, Romney is regularly getting annoyed or ticked off … and he wears it on his sleeve. 
(An, emphatic side message to NY Mag, by the way: “What, you guys never heard of a photo credit???”)
(photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images caption: Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney greets supporters after addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park February 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. A dozen potential Republican presidental hopefuls are set to address CPAC, the biggest gathering of conservative activists in the country.)
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Re: the NYMag Romney “plastered-on-smile” post that’s making the rounds today:

Why people are (rightly) suspicious of Romney’s 20-megaton smile is because it’s a reflex, not the product of a more natural emotion. What’s the difference? Physical reflexes express themselves in a constant way almost every time whereas the facial expression of true emotion has more distinction and nuance to it, made up as it typically is of different combinations and degrees of feelings and thoughts.

Unfortunately for Mitt, he has a very limited range of emotion which is why he’s always referred to, leading off the NY Mag piece, as a stiff or a robot.

I know someone is going to say: but politicians put on faces all the time so what Romney is doing in all those photos is actually no different than the “happy face” Obama or Bush would put on. Well, yes and no. It’s true that Obama and Bush apply public faces but both those men have (much) more capacity for true geniality than Romney does — Bush, the good ole boy, that much more so than Obama. That being the case, you’re still going to see more “plasticity,” more genuineness, and less resort to a “slap-happy reflex” in Obama, and certainly, in the Bush public face than what you see when the rigid Romney simply pulls the slap-happy “hey, how are ‘ya!” lever.

Something else to note about Romney “emotional spectrum,” by the way. The one emotion Mitt has no trouble experiencing in it’s full range (from annoyance to frustration, from offendedness to defensive counter-attack) is anger. In light of the terms above, you can tell the difference because these types of expressions look quite natural and distinct. There being a lower bar for people to experience “negative” emotions than “positive” ones from emotional development standpoint, Romney is regularly getting annoyed or ticked off … and he wears it on his sleeve.

(An, emphatic side message to NY Mag, by the way: “What, you guys never heard of a photo credit???”)

(photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images caption: Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney greets supporters after addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park February 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. A dozen potential Republican presidental hopefuls are set to address CPAC, the biggest gathering of conservative activists in the country.)

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