Barack Obama is on the cover of the new Vanity Fair as part of the magazine’s photo portfolio of his team and supporters taken by Annie Leibovitz. (Not to be confused with The New York Times Magazine‘s photo portfolio by Nadav Kander from earlier this month.)
If President Obama’s sideways position and stern expression look a little familiar, they should: It’s the same photo that ran on the cover in July 2007 as part of a 20-part celebrity-filled spread devoted to Africa, albeit with some small differences.
A call to the magazine’s spokesperson confirmed that the two covers use the same photo and that the credit inside the new issue acknowledges that Ms. Leibovitz took the portrait of then-Senator Obama in 2007.
We’re just excited to play “Check… and Double Check,” which we hadn’t done since our subscription to Highlights ran out in the fourth grade.