obama the cowboy

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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Taken on February 23, 2007