Statuesque Obama

In the posturing and deliberations over Obama’s comment about the comforts of guns ‘n religion during his last trip to California, a pocket of politicians happily descend with hair-trigger atavism into the cozy ruts of medieval thought…


I found my notes from Obama’s recent talk in Silicon Valley, at the home of Sara & Sohaib Abbasi, CEO of Informatica:


Q&A about the “third war” – young people killing each other on the urban streets:


We need sensible gun laws. I just got back from Montana where just about everyone has guns. In that culture, fathers and sons bond over hunting. You can’t take that away from rural America. But the inner city is different, and we should tighten the laws on gun purchases and close the loopholes in gun show sales to unscrupulous buyers. The gun control people and the right to bear arms people are talking past each other about disconnected topics.


The other problem is that many 10-year old brown and black kids are not relevant to the economy. They know they are irrelevant, and they don’t react well to it. They turn to the drug trade and violence.


  • Steven Hegarty 7y

    is he a stand up
  • Nathan Rupert 7y

    congrats on explore...perfect portrait
  • Amanda 7y

    very nice one, thanks for posting.
  • msamaclean © 7y

    My hopes are high.
    I'm rather disgusted at the phony "shock" of Hillary & John Mc. from Mr. Obama's statements of late! He spoke a simple truth & they know it, (though maybe not expressed the best way he could have)
    Excellent shot of the next President of the United States!
  • Jeff Babbitt 7y

    I used your picture for my weekly photoshop contest creation. Thanks.

    Operation: White House by FrodoBabbs
  • firepit16 7y

    I hope he take's all 57 states in the election.
  • Marisa Allegra Williams 7y

    You really took some iconic images, Steve.

    Kudos. And thanks. Again.

  • P/\UL 6y

    Great photo. My variation:

    Le Prez

    Thanks for sharing (cc).
  • Belinda 6y

    yes, a stately portrait.
    yes, we did. !
  • Ellen 6y

    I just remembered I saw this photo in the Feb. issue of a Dutch library magazine. I recognized your flickr name.
  • agenziami 6y

    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.
  • John Martinez Pavliga 6y

    Why should city dwellers not have the same Constitutional rights as country folks? This nuanced thought is what you'd expect from a totalitarian -- it's exactly what Hitler did in Germany. Banned guns in cities, where communists and socialists (who opposed his Brown Shirts) were concentrated, while leaving the country volk in possession of their arms. Let's see if we can follow the nuanced logic here -- in Montana, everyone has a gun and there's hardly any violent crime, while in cities it's already much harder for law-abiding citizens to get guns and the bad guys run wild with their already illegal, undergound weapons. And the lesson from this is... wait for it... push even harder and faster for more of the same. Disagree though me may, I support you lefty urbanists in your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms without ANY government regulation. I've already got my guns. And the criminals have theirs. Why shouldn't you have yours, too? Can't we trust liberals with the means to defend themselves?
  • josep 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Against Rights, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Ross Tucknott 6y

    Great moment captured there - he looks really statesman-like.

    I've just used the image for an article about Obama targeting fossil fuel subsidies at my company's blog at Energy-Saving News.

    Keep up the fantastic photos - I love 'Icarus at Night'!
  • jgury 4y

    Why the atheist tags? Hmmmm.
  • jegaskin 3y

  • jgury 3y

    IM1~USN~RET That is his Indonesian made ring and they put that inscription on everything from coconuts to the spa Julia Roberts visits in "Eat Pray Love"
  • jgury 3y

    "The other problem is that many 10-year old brown and black kids are not relevant to the economy. They know they are irrelevant, and they don’t react well to it. They turn to the drug trade and violence." As opposed to having them take a big step up Obama's sociological economic ladder so they can bitterly cling to religion and to guns, which they do get to keep.
  • raja sembiring 10mo

    We make Obama as an idol in the decision to live in different social strata, religions and cultures. I worked as digital agency indonesia and Obama was giving me inspiration.
  • jgury 10mo

    I was feeling some sympathy for Obama today with him candidly admitting that he has no strategy, then I quickly snapped out of it. If you look at this photo and compare him today without knowing the timestamp how many years would you guess he aged? 12? 15? Why the US never adopted a more parliamentary style of orderly no confidence and recall is beyond me.
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