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The hand shake

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During the 2008 campaign for president, this little bit of art, spray-painted onto the walls of a viaduct under Lake Shore Drive, appeared as if it was saying “Hi, nice to meet you.” After Obama’s victory, it seemed to say “Thanks, looking forward to working with you.” Just after the first 100 days in office, it has the feeling of an amicable handshake between people who are working towards a similar goal (the economy being central both to the administration and to the country) though there may be some underlying differences about how to do so. I wonder how it will feel in the years to come.

Previous presidents whose terms I have experienced seemed not to be such a focus point for ordinary people. Whether right or wrong, good or bad, many people in this country associate this man with their dreams and aspirations or fears and apprehensions. Interestingly, Obama has created/inherited an extraordinary circumstance in American history and a chance to draw upon a wellspring of good will. His hopes and his promises of uniting many people in this country whose political alignments are so disparate has yet to be fulfilled, but perhaps if we can overcome some of the problems that face all Americans, he’ll have his shot.

Holly Ford Brown, JRGrSmith, ygchan, and 7 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. Dr. Ilia 71 months ago | reply

    nicely framed
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  2. -Faizal- 71 months ago | reply

    Hm. Agreed. I hope that some years down the line people will look at this image as a prophecy/hope/promise fulfilled...It's a very interesting time to be American (from a Canadian pov) - a period of great possibilities and the will to bring the best of them to fruition has come together...
    Great find Justin!

  3. FELIPE LOPEZ (aka TRIPITON35) 71 months ago | reply

    Fantastico trabajo compaÑEro

  4. Tony Worrall Foto 71 months ago | reply

    Yeah, nice find:0

  5. Brian Callahan (Luxgnos.com) 71 months ago | reply

    Justin, this is just great! Wonderful.

    You might want to join and post it to:
    www.flickr.com/groups/allgonetolookforamerica

    I think you wold like this group and that you would be a great member.

    Have a great day my friend.

  6. BurgTender 71 months ago | reply

    Great find and great picture :) Thanks for the description

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  7. Martin_Finlayson 71 months ago | reply

    Great bit a of framing Justin, if I'd taken that it would be slap bang in the middle and probably have nowhere near the impact :-)

  8. Holly Ford Brown 71 months ago | reply

    fantastic! amazing find!! an instant favorite

  9. goodbyebyesunday 71 months ago | reply

    This looks cool! i love the texture there !

  10. · lost · [deleted] 71 months ago | reply

    Interesting and cool shot my friend!!
    Have a nice weekend:)

  11. Akfirebug 71 months ago | reply

    WOW, great find!

  12. Edzone 71 months ago | reply

    A very peculiar sign of a very historical and extraordinary time for our nation- a provocative capture!

  13. ms2thdr 71 months ago | reply

    A very interesting and well done "graffiti", you've done a great job capturing it with the texture and thank you for the commentary. We are certainly at a crossroads and a handshake can go a long way, lets hope we can continue to put out our hands and try to work together.

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  14. Jon Glittenberg 71 months ago | reply

    It could also be a sign indicating that Obama will be the first president to openly acknowledge aliens ;o)

  15. kevin dooley 71 months ago | reply

    whoa that is a great find

  16. xmanphotography 71 months ago | reply

    nice find and well done

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