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Newsweek's Michele Bachmann Cover: The Eyes Have It

Aug 8, 2011

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Photos of political personalities can often seem like Rorschach tests; what the viewer sees in them often says more about him or her, than the photo itself.

That could be what's occurring with the Newsweek cover photo of Rep. Michelle Bachmann. Some people, and not just conservatives, view it as an intentional slap by Newsweek's editors at Bachmann. The eyes don't have it, as far as they're concerned. Or maybe they have too much. They look vacant or crazed. Either way, the photo isn't flattering, they say.

Which is exactly some liberals like the photo because they see the photo depicting her with "crazy eyes" which corresponds to their negative view of the Republican presidential candidate

The photo, with Bachmann's eyes riveted on the camera, is meant to be arresting. Those are the kind of pictures photographer Chris Buck takes.

Considering some of his photos of political personalities, this is likely one of Buck's more straight-ahead portraits.

Instead of wild-eyed, she could just as easily be described as wide-eyed, excited by the magic carpet ride her campaign has become in recent weeks.

And as far as the "rage" in the headline, some have criticized that word because they don't see her as angry.

From the accompanying article, the word applies less to her than some of the feelings she's tapped into.

It's indisputable that many people across the country are angry and frustrated with President Obama, with Washington, with how the economy has already failed them or threatens to. She's unquestionably tapping into that vein, surfing that dissatisfaction.

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