President Barack Obama leans back in his chair as he listens to the discussion at a Long-Term Fiscal meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, May 29, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


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  • Adriano Bitencourt 6y

    Excelente! Bela captura! Fave!
  • G Louis 6y

    great capture
  • Susanne, Photography 6y

    Great photograph!
  • WinaVD 6y

    Tired.....Thinker.....but I still thought ....Instant fav !!!!!!
  • beyond.interactive 6y

    Beautiful bohek, I love it.
    Definitely one of my favs.
  • Russ Barnes [ www.russbarnes.co.uk ] 6y

    Looks like he is glazing over and losing interest to me :)
  • yaoayao55 6y

    Great shot.so lovely.
  • shepherd.johnson 6y

    Apparently Yahoo and the Obama Administration Don't Believe in Free Speech
    Submitted by davidswanson on Sat, 2009-06-06 05:49. Media
    [Editor's note: Photos of torture and war crimes can always be found here, so there's really no need to get corporate sites to host them, although posting them on a White House site could be useful.]

    By Shepherd Johnson

    I was on flickr, a service of Yahoo.com, making comments on several
    photos of the Official Whitehouse Photostream with the following text and image:

    "The Obama White House is supporting a new bill (sponsored by Sens.
    Lindsey Graham & Joe Lieberman) whose sole purpose is allowing the government to suppress any 'photograph taken between September 11, 2001 and January 22, 2009' relating to the treatment of detainees in the 'War on Terror.' In other words, Obama wants Congress to change the FOIA so that the courts can't compel release of any more torture photos."


    Here is the same photo from another website:

    I had posted it on several of the "official Whitehouse photos" in the comments section. At about 11:00pm on June 05, 2009 my flickr account was terminated. No explanation or anything. One second I was on and then I could not access my account. When I got back onto flickr using another account I went back to the Whitehouse site and all of my postings had been scrubbed. They were gone. I had about a years worth of work on that account and they just terminated my account with no warning. Some of the photos I had on the account had no back ups so they are now gone forever.


    Apparently, flickr is OK with censorship and apparently so is the
    Whitehouse staff and the Obama administration. I find it rather ironic that I was making a comment on the Obama administration's support for a censorship bill when I find myself being censored by both Yahoo and the Obama administration. It is also apparent that the Obama administration wishes to hide the criminal acts of the Bush administration by supporting the Graham/Lieberman bill.

    This is unfortunate, so many people voted for Barack Obama because of his platform of Hope & Change, however many are now waking up to the fact that words like "hope" and "change" are really nothing more than campaign rhetoric used to solicit votes from an ill-informed and lazy populace. Where is the change? Barack Obama is looking more and more like George Bush every day.
  • ... 6y

    That man, must need to talk to some of the wisest people.

    Props. Great shot.
  • Rizki Balki 6y

    Well, I too hope he could bring the real change he promises Mr. Sheperd. Cheers!
  • Laura Tirle 6y

  • Joseph Petrella 6y

    Been there & done that, & got up with a throbbing headache.
  • jdog1063 6y

    Gentlemen, I know we came to talk about long-term fiscal sustainability, but I'm more interested in how we're going to keep the whole economic thing from collapsing further before the Presidential election 2012!
  • lat454205 / Lisa 6y

    You've got the world on your shoulders.

    A very poignant image...and you're trying to make us all happy.
  • Ottocentoiso 6y

    good night
  • ... 6y

  • José Chareyron 6y

    Vivement les photos du président de passage à Paris avec sa famille. Au restaurant, La fontaine de Mars, un petit repas d'un grand Président par sa simplicité. A bientôt.
  • Vincent Wang Yean-Perng 6y

    Haha looks like he fell asleep during the discussion.
  • the_brownfox 6y

    Great instant !! Working hard i see
  • Gman5769 6y

    So great to see a moment like this. One wonders if he's trying to visualize
    all those numbers and opinions presented (the big picture problem) or the politics of selling the ideas he want to go with (the solution) . Not only does he have to be the decider, but then he's got to go out and sell his solution to both the congress and the people taking on the role of Head
    of Sales.
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