If someone didn’t know who Obama was, he or she probably couldn’t tell that he was the president in the room, some scholars say.
“He’s not in the tallest chair,” says Brown, the sociology professor at Meredith College. “He’s not the center of attention. He’s not even in the middle of the room.”
Yet Obama’s willingness to be photographed without the typical Oval Office swagger gives birth to a new type of swagger, says Contee of Jack & Jill Politics.
She says that photo shows Obama’s self-assurance and leadership style. He seeks out the opinions of his advisers. He believes in collaboration — all while he’s taking down the baddest terrorist on the planet.
He doesn’t need to wear a “Top Gun” flight jacket to project strength, she says.
“You would almost expect the president to be standing in that position,” she says. “That shows his leadership style. He doesn’t need to thrust his leadership style forward.”
What ‘Situation Room Photo’ reveals about us by John Blake, CNN
May 5, 2011 6:24 p.m. EDT
True leaders need no swagger.
Jesus had no swagger.
Neither do pastors and church leaders need it.
P.S. Now this is for laughs. Notice what’s different in this photoshopped picture: