Friday, April 17, 2009

Speaking as a President

"Refreshment" Brooks Kraft / Corbis for TIME at White House Photo Blog Time/CNN

It appears that as a public we are fascinated by the apparatus of presidential communication and image making. This seems not to be simply an impulse to demystify, but also, simultaneously and contrarily, to raise fandom to a higher level. We fetishize the instruments of our seduction. There are other fascinating "backstage" glimpses of the preparations for and conduct of a presidential press conference and town hall on the Time/CNN White House Photo Blog.

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