Obama just comes alive in the interactive discussions and Q&A.


He has the uncanny ability to represent both sides of seemingly intractable impasses – from gun control to racism to criminal justice– thereby evoking a depolarizing empathy and newfound hope for change.


I wondered if my perception was somehow limited to those who affiliate with Obama’s personal perspective on the issues. I recognized a couple lifelong Republicans at this Silicon Valley gathering, and was surprised that through this encounter, they are going to vote for a Democrat for the first time.


(more Obama photos & quotes)


  • nels1 7y

    some more...this time with a star wars slant:)
    The Empire Strikes Barack!

    the huge internet phenomenon surrounding Obama compared to the other two candidates is very interesting.
  • Blue States 7y

    Your remarks are right on. Someone smart in the white house, what a concept.
  • Marisa Allegra Williams 7y

    ★ People love this image and what you've allowed me to do with it, Steve. I can't thank you enough. What a genuine, generous, and infectious smile. Eternal kudos!

  • Marisa Allegra Williams 7y

    ★ Hi Steve, I thought you'd enjoy seeing this:
  • Steve Jurvetson 7y


  • Regina 7y

    A+++ Grade Photo
  • j.anne4 ( Janne ) 7y

    This photo is a certified...

    You can now post it to an open contest and Super A+++ Group
  • Spencer Deane 7y

  • Ashley Zakem 7y


    >>>seen on
    1-2-3 group
  • Дилара Гюнеш Kурташ 7y

    Hi can I use this image on my flickr site? thanks :)
  • Steve Jurvetson 6y

    Sure. All my photos are free to use if they link back to the original page.

    The people I met at this event have followed through – libertarian Republicans voting for Obama. For the folks I know, it's their first time to break from the GOP.
  • Marisa Allegra Williams 6y

    ★ Thanks again, Steve, for allowing me to alter and sell this image. Now that the campaigning is over and Obama is our president elect, I am rethinking what to do with funds raised from my sale of items with this image. In the spirit of change and Obama and making a difference, it'll be something good. Maybe to raise money for camera equipment for underprivileged children? Or a political action fund of some sort? I don't know yet. I'll keep you posted. And many thanks, again! We did it! All of us. Yes We Did !

  • nels1 6y

    steve, thought you might appreciate this nanobama goodness:)

    it'll be interesting to see who he chooses as his CTO.
  • Steve Jurvetson 6y

    cool. And there's a a whole flickr set of nanobamas.... each made of 150 million carbon nanotubes... one for each voter...

  • PhOtOnQuAnTiQuE 6y

    That ' s a cool afronano hairstyle =P
    Thanks for the link =)
  • Marisa Allegra Williams 6y

    That's pretty cool, Steve.
  • bmlilly67 6y

    Great picture and an awesome smile.
  • Haley Hyatt 6y

    Just discovered your wonderful Obama-set. This one also could be titled "charisma." His intelligence shows, through, too -- and I sense a laser-like intensity. What a great portrait!

    It is a shame he is going to publish photos and information that will ruin the cia.......Which will ruin our defense dept. Otherwise, he is so wonderful.
  • vennettaj 6y

    Obama's cool
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