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Rick Santorum

I got pretty close to Rick Santorum at the Saint Patrick's Day parade in Pittsburgh. Just after taking this photo I got his attention by saying, "Hey Rick!" I was only standing about seven feet away, so it was easy for him to hear me above the simultaneous cheers and boos he was receiving from the crowd around us.


After getting his attention I asked, "How does it feel to be a lame duck?" He smiled to acknowledge that he heard me, and then kept on walking.


I'm sure Rick thinks I'm a very unprofessional photojournalist for taking his photo and then following it with an insult, but what he probably doesn't realize is that I'm an unprofessional non-professional, and a constituent to boot.


I understand that the right way to get involved with politics is to vote, share your ideas with others and even volunteer your time. That said, nothing beats the pleasure of heckling your elected officials in the street. :-)

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Taken on March 11, 2006