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August 17, 2011 / lindakcampos

A picture’s worth 40,000 posts

A picture was published online yesterday of an ordinary man at a Starbuck’s counter buying a coffee. He happened to be wearing a backpack on his back at the time. This picture of something that many of us see everyday, folks with backpacks and people buying coffee, made quite a stir half way around the world. It made news here as well. The man at the counter is former Governor Gary Locke who is now the US Ambassador to China. Ok, so maybe he’s not exactly ordinary, but people were sure encouraged by his normal actions. More than 40,000 people re-posted the picture. Apparently, this kind of normal isn’t something you see in China. Chinese bloggers have nick-named him “the backpacker”. He was on his way to China to take his new position when the photo was snapped. I think he’s made a good first impression.

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