Secrets of the White House, Via Flickr

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I think the White House Flickr feed is a cool idea and staff photographer Pete Souza has taken some great shots since it launched. Sometimes, though, his images can be a little self-consciously tricky for no apparent reason, as Ana Marie Cox and Jason Links have hilariously documented over at The Awl. For instance, this rather arty shot symbolizes…that the cleaning staff does an awesome job of polishing the tables?

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