Washington, Aug. 9 (ANI): President Barack Obama's striking similarities with one of his most iconic predecessors, John F. Kennedy, helped him to get into the White House four years ago, a new research has suggested.
Highlighting the similarities between the imagery of Kennedy and Obama, researcher Greg Frame, from the University of Warwick's Film and Television department, in his new study claimed Obama shaped himself in Kennedy's image.
"The American president is often captured in a way that makes them more than just a human, and the two men that have achieved this perception more than the rest, are JFK and Obama. The image which Kennedy projected was one of perfection and would come to serve as the model for the popular conception of the president as leader, superhero, and, subsequently, father," Frame stated in his study.
Greg said Obama, who would turn 51 this month, might look to the political ideals of Lincoln, Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, but it is to the image ideals of Kennedy to which he turns in the presentation of himself.
"In terms of style, the Obama presidency is clearly indebted to the Kennedy legacy; elegant, stylish, disguising an enormous intellect beneath the veneer of relaxed sophistication," Frame said.
"It is these ideals which are of such continued significance to the cultural understanding of a vigorous, potent, and successful American presidency," he added.
Frame based his studies on four particular images; the first is the cover of Rolling Stone's March 2008 edition, which attempts to frame Obama as a superhero.
The second is a picture of Obama searching underneath his desk when Kennedy's daughter, Caroline, comes to visit, demonstrating Obama's attempt to recreate the third image, a famous Stanley Tretick photograph of Kennedy's young son John Jr, peering out from underneath the table. The final image is one of Obama gazing up at Aaron Shikler's posthumous portrait of Kennedy. (ANI)
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