On a tour of the State Floor of the White House, President Barack Obama looks at a portrait of John F. Kennedy by Aaron Shikler, Jan. 24, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


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  • Katie 6y

    I love, love, LOVE this photo. Excellent capture.
  • mwwhitesf 6y

  • Girlie Girl 6y

  • Antonio TwizShiz Edward 6y

    Obama is going to have a picture like that one day on the White Hall walls, along with all the great Presidents of our awesome history.
  • beatckorl 6y

    Hello I am very delighted by count to me among you Barrack OBAMA is a leader and a Mysterious destiny j' adore and all my life. I want to exchange words with everyone well.
    From Africa BENIN Cotonou
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  • cruiz4130 6y

    what a golden moment to capture.
  • lu_dan1988 6y

    What a serene back
  • John Atkins 6y

    I wonder what Obama is thinking?
  • Joe Cascio 6y

    Although Pres. Obama identifies with and emulates Pres. Lincoln, he is in so many ways like Pres. Kennedy. Young, vigorous and startlingly intelligent. We are very, very lucky to have him leading the country.
  • giggles6250947 6y

  • ~♥angel♥~ 6y

    Great capture. I would love to see more close ups of the portraits adorning the White House.

    Lucky Photographer. ; D
  • Gene 6y

    Define startlingly?
  • 0k 6y

    Amazing capture of a beautiful moment. Evokes a silent dialogue that is so human yet so sublime.
  • jdog1063 6y

    You are going to have to move over little man!
  • Jane 6y

    He is truly in awe and respect of a great man who's walked the corridors and floors he now has to pound every day for as long as he remains president of USA.

    I wish I could read his thoughts. But i imagine they must have been in the lines of, 'you sir were an inspiration and I will not disappoint you. You did not die in vain'.

    Yes, as one man commented, Obama would one day be on these walls as the first black president, and marvelled at by those who come 100 years after we have all gone, which in life, is really not long at all.
  • Tom Cadrin 6y

    Looking up at the man looking down...
  • jgullo 6y

    Great photo -- I like that you kept some details that others might have cropped out or removed: the light bulb in the upper right corner and the reflection of Obama's foot in the lower right corner. The angle of Obama's foot follows a line down from Kennedy's body -- almost as an extension. Even if this wasn't an intended piece of the composition, it adds another layer to a powerful image.
  • Bob Davidson 6y

    Fantastic moment.
  • smugbaldy 6y

    Just ... perfect.
  • Strong Man 6y

    We are all lucky to be alive now, with historical change and visionary people amongst us.
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