Mr. Popularity

KIM HAUGHTON for TIME

Imagine a world leader — not just any leader, but a veteran forced to make tough choices about big questions on the economy and Iraq, and to spend close to a decade in office living with the consequences of those choices. Then picture that leader strolling, unannounced and without a visible security detail, into a suburban supermarket in the dying hours of a Friday afternoon, as shoppers, carts piled high, push toward the checkout with the determination of candidates converging on undecided voters. He stands between them and their escape to the weekend, hand outstretched.

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