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.

  • Ilia Alshanetsky PRO 6y

    nicely framed
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  • Faizal Lalani 6y

    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!
  • felipe l.l 6y

    Fantastico trabajo compaÑEro
  • espressoDOM PRO 6y

    nice find....
    very cool

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  • Tony Worrall Foto PRO 6y

    Yeah, nice find:0
  • Brian Callahan PRO 6y

    Justin, this is just great! Wonderful.

    You might want to join and post it to:

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

    Have a great day my friend.
  • Pier-Luc Bergeron 6y

    Great find and great picture :) Thanks for the description

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  • Brad McGinley PRO 6y

    Very cool
  • Martin Finlayson 6y

    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 :-)
  • Holly Ford Brown 6y

    fantastic! amazing find!! an instant favorite
  • Fung 6y

    This looks cool! i love the texture there !
  • david 6y

    Interesting and cool shot my friend!!
    Have a nice weekend:)
  • Carol Falcetta 6y

    WOW, great find!
  • Edmond Low 6y

    A very peculiar sign of a very historical and extraordinary time for our nation- a provocative capture!
  • ms2thdr PRO 6y

    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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  • Felipe Rubia 6y

    very cool
  • Jim Watkins Street Photography Gallery PRO 6y

    Well said!
  • Jon Glittenberg PRO 6y

    It could also be a sign indicating that Obama will be the first president to openly acknowledge aliens ;o)
  • Kevin Dooley PRO 6y

    whoa that is a great find
  • c Rayner 6y

    nice find and well done
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Taken on February 15, 2009
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