Shortly after President Obama won re-election last night, a simple photo of the president embracing his wife was posted on his Facebook page. Just a few hours later, and with apologies to Gangnam Style, Justin Bieber and adorable kittens worldwide, that shot became the most liked photo ever on Facebook.
At the moment, it’s been “liked” over 3.2 million times, and and the number is still climbing.
“We were on a freight elevator headed to one of the Inaugural Balls on Jan. 20, 2009. It was quite chilly, so the President removed his tuxedo jacket and put it over the shoulders of his wife. Then they had a semi-private moment as staff member and Secret Service agents tried not to look.” —Pete Souza
In a TIME exclusive, Chief White House photographer Pete Souza offers his personal edit and recollections on President Obama’s first term.
See more photos here.
“everyone in the country to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we’re from, or what we look like, or who we love.”
THIS is why I am a feminist. She might have called it the American Dream, but it’s my personal dream, sponsored by feminism.
…she threw off the cloak of domesticity that she has been wearing for the past three and a half years and emerged as a major figure in her own right.
John Cassidy on First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention last night: http://nyr.kr/Oa5m9d
Everything is making me cry tonight.
Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it … and he wants everyone in this country to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we’re from, or what we look like, or who we love. And he believes that when you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity…you do not slam it shut behind you…. You reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.
So when people ask me whether being in the White House has changed my husband, I can honestly say that when it comes to his character, and his convictions, and his heart, Barack Obama is still the same man I fell in love with all those years ago. He’s the same man who started his career by turning down high paying jobs and instead working in struggling neighborhoods where a steel plant had shut down, fighting to rebuild those communities and get folks back to work…. Because for Barack, success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.
If that last line was an indirect jab at her husband’s opponent, it was about the only one in the speech. Rather than trying to tear down Romney and the G.O.P., she tried to elevate her husband and his works, assuring disappointed Democrats and independents that, she, for one, still had faith in him. […] She came to bolster Obama, and in doing so she demonstrated that effective speeches don’t have to be full of attack lines. Direct statements, sincere expressions of personal feeling, and a bit of poetry can do the job just as well.
Especially the First Lady and her beautiful approach to “politics.”