Picture of the Day: Barack Obama—Politician or Conjurer?

Who needs solar-power companies like Solyndra when the president can grasp the sun with his bare hands?

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One topic of conversation among political scientists and observers has been President Obama's strange defiance of gravity. Despite many indications that he ought to be doing worse in the polls, from the unpopularity of his proposals to bad economic data, his favorability remains high.

Perhaps the answer is that he is a wizard.

This picture, taken by Carolyn Kaster in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Monday, certainly makes it look like he has mysterious powers. Whether you think that's white or black magic surely depends on whether you are of the blue or red political persuasion.

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David A. Graham is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Politics Channel. He previously reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.

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