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Baby rubs elbows with politicos

Jan. 11, 2008 at 7:34 PM   |   Comments

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MANCHESTER, N.H., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- A freelance writer put a staple of the U.S. political scene to the test when he tried to get his daughter photographed with each presidential candidate.

A resident of New Hampshire, Darren Garnick said his state's party presidential primaries offer a fringe benefit.

"It's easy to enshrine the next president in your family scrapbook," he wrote for Slate.

His mission, Garnick said, was to get a photograph of his 5-month-old daughter, Dahlia, "in the arms of every candidate with a prayer of making it to the White House."

While finding candidates on the stump was easy, getting a picture was another story.

"It takes tremendous patience and parental magic to make a child sit through a two-hour presentation on healthcare reform," he said. "It also takes a paparazzi photographer's instincts to get that winning shot."

As of Jan. 7, Dahlia had been photographed with every candidate except former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn.

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