Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The new Mitt has a teasing smile
The Etch-a-Sketchers didn't make drastic changes, leaving his head locked into an all-too- familiar tilted position. But it did raise the corners of his lips a tiny bit to create the image of a friendly Dr. Welby.
This is hardly innovative for big shots and may be traced all the way back to the pre-TV Renaissance, when great artists were hired to paint idealized portraits - at a price. Costs were determined by how much of the King or Pope or any other VIP would appear in a pose in which the subject was always more fetching than he or she appeared in real life. (A portrait with arms cost more, arms and legs still more, which produced the term, "it cost an arm and a leg). Some generals wanted to be cast as powerful warriors, equestrians with swords and plumed hats to cast them as possessing supreme powers. With the decline of the Hollywood westerns, we don't see much of that today. )
But I digress. With Board Room Mitt, it was of great importance to have his smile teasingly relate to the common folks, even as he scrambled through his maze of non-facts. Like Goldilocks' preferred soup, it wasn't too hot or too cold - just right. Considering how much effort went into creating it, Mitt would appreciate it if you remembered the smile and not the deceptions when you go to the polls.