The election is tomorrow and, believe it or not, celebrity chefs have played an enormous role in the campaign this year, with perhaps the most visibility the restaurant industry’s ever had in an election cycle. While Barack and Michelle Obama have driven most of that coverage, particularly with their glamorous fundraisers catered by some of the industry’s biggest names, the Romneys have been known to occasionally throw a bash or two involving culinary stars. Let’s take a journey back in time, from the primaries to today…
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There are three key elements to a classic Hero Shot: 1. a stoic expression of courage on the candidate's face; 2. a brilliant cascade of sunlight piercing through the sky, eagerly grasping for the candidate; 3. a camera angle that makes the candidate look super tall. Here, Gingrich has all three. Congrats!
In this photo, Johnson has also gathered all the elements to a successful hero shot, but tilted his photo slightly in an attempt to appear "edgy" and eliminate any doubt that he is a "different" candidate. Look out, youngsters! Here's the hero for
Unlike our previous two candidates, Michele Bachmann has not deified herself with the glorious gamma rays of our solar system, instead courting the more modern-feeling glare radiating from dozens of TV cameras. She also looks very thoughtful. Heroes have to think too, sometimes.
Tim Pawlenty obviously got the memo on the profile, but his audience seems to have missed the "courage" part. Next time, bring coffee to your rallies, or perhaps interject a totally shocking nonsequitur into your speech and have the cameraman take a photo at that exact moment for the desired "awe" effect. Seriously, try dissecting the plot of
Green Lantern next time-- the camera can't tell the difference between sheer awe and plain bewilderment.
Here, Herman Cain has forsaken all the rules of conventional Hero Shots, instead opting for a more
Patton-esque aesthetic. Herman Cain: he's like a five-star general, but with pizza.
Hero Shot Tip #6: Copying an old Marlboro ad always works. Every. Single. Time.
If you're looking for a good Hero Shot, always schedule your photo shoot during days of high wind. America wants that flag waving, candidates! Warning: this strategy requires Mitt Romney-levels of hair gel.
Speaking of Mitt Romney, unfortunately the esteemed gentleman from Massachusetts has only uploaded this one photo to his Facebook page. Fortunately for this category, it's awesome.
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