Annie Leibovitz, President Maker

The photographs that Annie Leibovitz took for the Vanity Fair article on Beto O’Rourke make him look like such a quintessential American that they bring to mind a president as authentic as Abraham Lincoln. They are archetypal, especially the one of Beto with his family and the photo in his vehicle tooling around dusty roads in Texas. And he cooks. We can just see a new informal vibe, emblematic of the style of most Americans, inhabiting the oval office and the halls of Congress. We can feel ourselves sort of longing for that young family to occupy the White House and play on those lawns with their pets. Perhaps they will play their music for guests of state. His policies are not at the outer edges of the party, but are not too moderate either. Is he too young and too quirky with his journeys of self-discovery? I must admit I had not taken him seriously until I saw Annie Leibovitz’s photographs, better than but reminiscent of Life magazine and Norman Rockwell. One more word: iconic.

Annie Leibovitz