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What they’re thinking about in Charlotte, North Carolina

“Recent Forum writers have criticized The Observer for publishing less-than-flattering photos of George W. Bush. Now comes ‘Picture didn’t show Cheney at his best.’ Clearly, this is a ‘Republican thing.’ May I suggest a solution? In future articles about Mr. Bush, substitute a photograph of a good-looking guy such as Mel Gibson or George Clooney. For Mr. Cheney you could use someone older, maybe Tom Selleck or Paul Newman. Or even Charlton Heston. This should please both those who don’t want to see unflattering poses of Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney and those who would rather not see them at all.”

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Grant Barrett