The Eric Holder Photo

No, this isn’t a picture of the former Attorney General but a photo of me taken by him. Read on.

Hi Eric,

We met by chance on an escalator at O’Hare airport. You were in front of me and an associate of yours was standing between us doing a very good job of protecting you from guys like me.

On the escalator, I asked if you would take my picture and you were gracious to stop off at the top of the escalator where I gave you my camera phone.

You may have thought that I wanted a picture with you; but in fact, I wanted you to take my picture. Huh? What?

As I explained, there are thousands of pictures of you, taken with strangers, hanging on walls all over the country. I then asked how many strangers have a picture of themselves taken by you? You smiled, held up your index finger and said “One”. You got the joke.

I’ve been doing this for several years as a concept piece on celebrity. By taking the picture of me, you turned celebrity upside down. You’re one of us.

I’ve asked a few of my “celebrity friends” to join in on the joke by sending me a photo of themselves with the photo that you took, in the background. The inscriptions are all the same; “Celebrity gets a bad rap when it is combined with stupidity or pretentiousness. Laugh at yourself; be self-defecating and humble.”

This little project is entirely about having fun and I have zero political intent. It could end up being very funny at a time when we need to laugh more.

Your friend,


Mayor Ron Rakowsky, Greenwood Village, Colorado

Judge Gary M Kramer, 18th Judicial District, Colorado