President Barack Obama kisses a baby while greeting military families at the White House on July 4, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)


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  • genitalben 6y

    looks like he's sucking the brains out of that thing.

    is this some new form of embryonic stem cell research?
  • Suzan Trocke 6y

    I think they must be looking at Michelle coming up behind him. It may be cliche but I imagine the mother thrust it at him yelling "kiss my baby" - anyone know the origin of that anyway??? Is it supposed to bring good luck to the baby??
  • epSos .de 6y

    He is my Husband, He Just Don't Know it Yet
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  • turgidson 6y

    I thought politicians only kissed babies when they were trying to get elected. He can leave this cliché behind until he's running for his second term.
  • Beth Wales 6y

    I'd have been tempted to crop out the crowd to the left for a better composition. Having said that, their interest elsewhere does make the shot inherently more interesting reportage -wise.
  • LacieSoule 6y

    Thats my baby! :) And I truely believe he just loves Children in general.. Not in a bad way. He was so proud talking about his daughter. You could tell it in his face.
  • Unalienable Rights by GOD- not Executive Order 6y

    Kiss your inheritance good-bye kid. Cause it's MINE MINE alllll MINE

    We have a Daffy Duck President hehehe
  • LadyDee's 6y

    I agree with h.fry. The lady on the left with all of the handbags on her wrist looks so horrified for some reason and kind of brings down the shot.

    There's something so sweet about young presidents holding babies! That baby looks super cute too with those tiny hands and little arms. I love this shot.
  • shoreke 6y

    "Obama is a radical terrorist baby-kisser" - Psycho Sean Hannity
  • Unalienable Rights by GOD- not Executive Order 6y

    Never mind your inheritance kid: Daffy Duck Obama: Consequences, shmonsequences, as long as I'm rich.
  • Beth Wales 6y

    Of course ,a politician never kissed a baby before this...
    Wonder why they do it ?;-)
  • ReadyAimClick 6y

    Clinton once kissed a baby this pic is reminiscent of that.
  • superbooks7 6y

    I will never get why ANY politicians kiss strange babies. Strangers, even famous strangers, should not be kissing our babies, period.

    Sorry, that's an opinion, even if an unpopular opinion.

    If you kiss a baby, you should KNOW that baby or be related to that baby.

    If a stranger walked down the block and kissed any baby or child, people would be looking weird at that. But make that person famous, and all of a sudden this is okay? Don't read anything into this post, it is exactly what is says, "strangers should not kiss babies, even if the strangers are politicians or celebrities". that's all, nothing more , nothing less
  • Beth Wales 6y

  • Heather Lundquist 6y

    Oh, reminds me of POPE JOHN PAUL II :-)

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • whynottoday1 6y

    Hey, it's the only chance he has to show his affection...All other times he's just promoting abortion. Hypocrite.
  • jdog1063 6y

    "hope this baby ends up with decent health care. it seems this administration isn't going to do the job though." - Thomas Boblett

    Maybe he's kissing the booboo to make it allllllllll better?
    About the same thing socialized Obamacare would do.
  • Aleena Khasanshina 6y

    if any other country leader was on Obama's place I would hate such shot, but this one looks ok to me)
  • Mona Loldwoman 6y

    I suppose every president has to have at least one 'baby kissing' photo. This is cute.
  • Donald Maffly 6y

    "Now kid, if you end up getting swine flu, you can tell everyone you got it from the President of the United States!"
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