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Gilbert Stuart
Visual presidents
Visual presidents

George Washington would have been jealous. When painter Gilbert Stuart painted his portrait, the General spent 15 hours posing, hating every self-conscious moment. In contrast, just a week before Inauguration Day, Barack Obama gave White House photographer Pete Souza five minutes to record his easy smile. Shepard Fairey went Souza one better. Fairey required none of Obama's time to produce his now-ubiquitous red, white and blue illustration. Fairey Googled an Associated Press photograph taken by Mannie Garcia and manipulated it to make Obama-as-hope. The resulting image has been reproduced endlessly, on T-shirts, yard signs and stickers, and has even appeared in various guises on the...

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