As a student of the visual, I could not help but be startled by this photograph on the front page of Sunday's Boston Globe. It reminds me of so many other incarnations of two-dimensional larger-than-life Leaders. Engrave his head in stone and he could be from the Soviet era rather than the 21st century digital revolution. Put his voice over a megaphone and blast him through the public squares, he could be from, well, just about any other fundamentalist or totalitarian regime that aches to get inside the head of the people, to control thought and action. That the caption of this photo is "Bush Brings Faith to Foreign Aid" only furthers the parallel. This is not an image of a leader who seeks to persuade through rational discourse or democratic dialogue. It is an image of a leader who lords over the crowd and says "follow me, because I say so." Like the discourse of religious fundamentalism, there is nothing about this image of the "leader of the free world" that implies "freedom."