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Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

Leaders take the stage after horror

On Tuesday, a small platoon of politicians and law-enforcement officials squeezed around a podium at the Westin Copley Place and faced the post-disaster media horde.

It was a show of civic unity, after two explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line blew up bodies and a city’s sense of security. But the large cast of press conference participants — numbering at least 17 — also showcased a natural political instinct to seize the moment and present the optics of tragedy as positively as possible.

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