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Obama isn’t a Republican

July 28, 2010

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President Barack Obama (R) takes his seat after an awards ceremony at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, May 1, 2010 Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

When I hovered over the image of the President, it showed his name, and then (R), signifying he is a Republican. I think you may need to correct this.

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The (R) means he is the person on the right, not that he is a Republican. You’re not the first reader to be confused by this, so maybe it isn’t as obvious as we like to think: GBU Editor

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Isn’t it common practice to indicate position of the subject in an image by using a lowercase letter (r) (l) (c) and political affiliation indicated by an uppercase R, D or I followed by the state the individual represents??? i.e. Barack Obama (D-IL)

Posted by michael-M | Report as abusive
 

No, it’s plenty obvious. Identifying someone’s position in a photo by an “(R)” or an “(L)” is commonplace.

Posted by Bookman | Report as abusive
 

The confusion probably came from designating him as “on the right” in a photo that didn’t need it. The others in the photo are obviously in the background.

Posted by drewbie | Report as abusive
 

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