What Politicians' Family Portraits Say About Them

The Obama family is featured on the September cover of Essence. The family portrait is an important part of a politician's campaign—it's where they can send subliminal messages while showing you, the voter, what an all-American guy they really are. (And what's more all-American than color-coordinating your family's outfits red, white, and blue?) What do recent presidential candidates' family photos say about them?

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From Essence. Note the similar setting and pose in comparison with the Kennedy photo below. Intentional?

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"We're so iconic and windswept, we don't even have to try."

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"We're from an area of the country that sees matching flag t-shirts as perfectly acceptable. Just like you. Well, give or take a few million in oil money."

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"We're a modern, career-driven power couple—only one child, please!"

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"As you can see from the matching, old-timey shirts, the men in the Huckabee family come from a long line of carnival barkers."

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"I'm John McCain, and I'm not afraid to adopt. Also, my seed is still fertile. Just so you know."