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Presidential candidate Barack Obama tips a cowboy hat given to him by a volunteer after a rally in Austin, TX, on Feb. 23, 2007. Between 15-20,000 people gathered at a concert venue and waited through drizzly weather to hear Obama speak.

This photo first appeared on the Texas Observer Blog and was quickly picked up by at least the following outlets:

UPDATE III: Finally made the print version of the Texas Observer.

UPDATE II: This photo and its back-story were featured in an article in the Austin American-Statesman, which ran on the front page of the Sunday Life & Arts section, August 10, 2008. See how it was laid out on the page here.

UPDATE: A version of this image is now available on T-shirts designed and for sale by Mario Prado. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Obama campaign.

The Autry Center's Museum of the American West, as part of its exhibit "Cowboys and Presidents." (More info.)


Matthew Yglesias

Radar Online (Twice)

"Viva Obama!" (at about the 1:33 mark)

"I Got Dumped for Obama" (at around 1:50)



Alex Balk

Texans for Obama

A Daily Kos comment thread, where it was cited as evidence that "the media" likes Obama.

Dimmy Karras


Brains and Eggs

The People's Republic of Seabrook

Dabroots of the Cosmos

Artists for Hillary

buffistas.org/showthread.php?thread_id=483&post_id=423 (that link cracks me up just 'cause it's so unexpected)

It was also forwarded to my boss at the Post by coincidence, so it apparently made the rounds. Please email me for any licensing requests.

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  1. ahtrini4u 50 months ago | reply

    That's MY president!

  2. ahtrini4u 50 months ago | reply

    It actually IS Obama's Nation!

  3. conqui5tador 50 months ago | reply

    Actually, it's NOT obama's nation any more than it was "Ted Kennedy's seat" in Massachussetts...and we all know how that one turned out. ;-) Later this year and again in 2012, you and your socialist brethren will get the same lesson again and learn that the nation belongs to ALL of us, and not one person.

  4. MonPriscilla 50 months ago | reply

    He's soooo cool.

  5. Media Hero 49 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Editorial Views, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  6. conimarie1961 46 months ago | reply

    Love this photo!!

  7. Sundials by Carmichael 45 months ago | reply

    An insult to cowboys.

  8. J Centavo 41 months ago | reply

    I may have to throw my cowboy hats away now :(

  9. Dan Stiver 39 months ago | reply

    Obama comes to Texas after the election:
    Texan #1: Hey! The president's a ni...
    [Clock bell chimes]
    Texan #2: What did he say?
    Texan #3: He said the president's near.
    Texan #1: No, gone blame it dang blammit! The president is a ni...
    [Clock bell chimes again]

    (Don't get offended, it's a reference to Blazing Saddles...)

  10. Dan Stiver 38 months ago | reply

    I just noticed that Obama has really long fingers!

  11. Edna Barney 36 months ago | reply

    THE MAN WHO SHOT OSAMA! Many a man would face his gun and many a man would fall, but the man who shot Osama Bin Laden, was the bravest of them all. ;)

  12. Allen Hayden 36 months ago | reply

    I'd just like to take this moment in history to thank those who actually DID shot Osama Bin Laden. Maybe Obama should change his game plan from "hope" to "Shot to Kill" and from "Change" to "Reload." I'd wear that shirt. War IS after all, THE ANSWER.

  13. Kryddor 33 months ago | reply


    Very nice photo.

    great pic!!!!!!

  14. conqui5tador 32 months ago | reply

    January 20, 2013...end of an ERROR

  15. Tetley T 26 months ago | reply

    Great shot!

  16. SS&SS 12 months ago | reply



  17. Beast 1 12 months ago | reply

    Barack le plus grand des CowBoy.

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