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Ticket Photo mystery: Obama's secret stairway to somewhere

Democrat president Barack Obama watches TV atop Stairway to somewhere

During the holiday season, as in years past, The Ticket is republishing some of our favorite items from the previous political year. This story was originally published on Aug. 16, 2010:

This is an official White House photo from the Obama administration's Flickr page.

Before you read the actual caption on the jump below, tell us what you think this surreal picture might show:

The loneliness of high office in a modern democracy?

MSNBC's viewer trying to help its ratings?

Obama receiving instructions from his homeland?

A Democrat looking for someone to build a new government entitlement program around?

Obama watching Fox News to get amped before a speech?

A scene outside the secret crypt from a presidential video game?

A Harvard grad waiting for someone to unlock the unlocked door?

The most powerful man on Earth, who lives with four women including his mother-in-law, not watching "Army Wives" in a secret place with his own remote?

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Not nearly as much fun but here's the actual White House photo caption:

"President Barack Obama waits to be introduced at a critical infrastructure CEOs meeting on cyber security in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, July 14, 2010."

Photo credit: Pete Souza / White House. H/T: Althouse

 
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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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