President Obama, happy to be inaugurated

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Bush did not smile throughout the ceremony (close-up example below).

Obama's smile comes through clearly in the full size.

I’ll mark W in the mouse-over notes above. But who are all these other people? =)

I was surprised to see Wes Clark sitting next to me, bringing my political curiosities full circle, and I had to wonder what former contenders for the prize think during a moment like this.

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  1. jurvetson 75 months ago | reply

    Looking through some of my other photos last night, I recognized two of the people in the “mystery section” of unidentified folks closest to Obama. They are Spinner and Gorenberg, my peeps from the Silicon ‘hood.

    There was a great article profiling them and their fundraising prowess in The Atlantic: “The Amazing Money Machine: How Silicon Valley made Barack Obama this year’s hottest start-up.”:

    “When Gorenberg joined Obama’s national finance committee, he was pleased to discover an institutional culture eager to embrace new ideas about building user-generated networks. The effects of this type of thinking are evident throughout the campaign, but nowhere are they more fully embodied than in the person of Steve Spinner…

    He established what Web denizens would call an affinity group, “Entrepreneurs for Obama,” to serve this untapped market. Obama appeared before the group by videoconference in May and was a smash hit. Almost overnight, a whole new network, which would yield its own spin-offs, had come into being and gone to work for the candidate. And in a period of weeks, Spinner, who had never raised a dime for a presidential campaign, had gone from neophyte to mid-six-figure Obama fund-raiser.”

    This momentum grew, leading to the record fundraising event: $7.8 million in a single night in San Francisco (photo & videos).

    Seeing them up there, and with Feinstein doing the introductions, it looks like California might be welcome again in the Capitol.

  2. msamaclean © 75 months ago | reply

    Glad California will get in the mix, now! Nice shot of this moment in our history. I'm once again fully engaged in the moment by moment 'doings' of our government.....isn't it great!?!

  3. NewCityOne 75 months ago | reply

    Neat! I see my governor (Michigan Governor Granholm) and Lansing's favorite son (Magic Johnson)!

  4. nhr 75 months ago | reply

    Steve, you might well be quite recognizable somewhere on this gigapixel picture ;-)

  5. Yelnoc 75 months ago | reply

    So can you find yourself in this picture?

    It's supposedly "a robotic camera ... with 1,474 megapixels". From the ability to zoom in, if you're anywhere out there you should be able to spot yourself.

  6. jurvetson 75 months ago | reply

    Ah, a rich discussion about that happened here...

    In the Gigapan, I just love the expressions of Bush and Cheney:

    Bush Cheney

    Cheney looks like a villain from central casting. Dr. Strangelove tryouts?

  7. mmkphoto 74 months ago | reply

    Jane Stetson - is the new DC finance chair - standing in front of Chelsea - not Jane Hinton - plus she;s a wonderful person!!

  8. jurvetson 74 months ago | reply

    fixed. thanks!

  9. agenziami 73 months ago | reply

    Great shot!
    We published to illustrate our news.
    Thanks so much for making this beautiful image available under the Creative Commons license.

    Bello scatto!
    Lo abbiamo pubblicato per illustrare la nostra notizia.
    Grazie molte per aver rilasciato questa bella foto con Creative Commons license.

  10. MMR Dad 72 months ago | reply

    This is great

  11. Ekz . 72 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Campañas Políticas / Political campaign, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  12. riffsyphon1024 71 months ago | reply

    I love all the little annotations. And that Bush/Cheney Evil Villain shot is classic!

  13. riffsyphon1024 67 months ago | reply

    Why do we even allow comments like this? ^

  14. f3000 67 months ago | reply


    Keel-ee calleya ku kah

    Dopa maskey schutta...

  15. Patrick Hoesly 62 months ago | reply

    Happy happy day.

    Finally the Bill of Rights and the Constitution are allowed to once again frame our nation. After getting trampled for 8 years... they needs to be dusted off and placed back into their proper places.

  16. Dixieman2010 [deleted] 57 months ago | reply

    A dark day in our history... how low can we go!

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