The President and Michelle Obama: The Story Behind the Most-Liked Photo of All Time

 

It was an intimate snapshot of a sweet celebration: Minutes after the networks called the 2012 presidential election for Barack Obama on Tuesday night, the Obama for America campaign posted a picture of him hugging his wife along with a simple message: “Four more years.” Within minutes, it became the most popular post in the history of Twitter and the most-liked image in the history of Facebook, shared more than 804,000 times, marked as a favorite by more than 289,500 Twitter users, and “liked” by more than 3.2 million Facebook friends.

The simple shot of a happy husband and wife was a surprise to people who may have been expecting a grand portrait of a newly re-elected president and his people. But no one was more surprised than the woman who took the photo back in August.

Scout Tufankjian, a photojournalist who has been focusing her lens on Obama’s political career since 2007, told Slate’s Julia Turner that she snapped the picture on the third day of an Iowa bus tour.

“It was the first day that the first lady had joined us so he hadn’t seen her in a couple of days,” she explained. “She came in on a bus that morning—it was the first event of the day—and they embraced on stage. Onstage in front of all those people.”

“I decided to focus on them rather than taking a wider shot, because I think I’m not alone in finding their relationship to be totally aspirational,” the newly married photojournalist said. “The obvious love and respect that they have for each other, and that the relationship is clearly one of equals, despite the fact that he’s the president, is remarkable. So I wanted to focus on them as a couple rather than on them and the crowd, or them and their position.”

Tufankjian didn’t know that the campaign had used the picture as their Election Night victory image until a friend emailed her about it. It’s unusual that such a personal shot would be used in such a high-profile way, but Tufankjian says it makes sense to her. “It reflects on the way that people feel about the Obamas as people, rather than as public figures,” she said. “What the family is and represents to the country is as much a part of the president’s appeal as his policies.”

After she chronicled Obama’s 2008 campaign, his campaign team hired her in August 2012 as one of their two official photojournalists. It’s given her an opportunity to travel with the president and witness scenes that few ever get to see—like the moment a pizza shop owner in Florida gave the President a bear hug that lifted him off his feet.

The President is “so much happier and more relaxed” when he’s with his family, Tufankjian confided. “He and the first lady are so focused on each other. The way that they play off each other and get energy from each other… when I was shooting the president during the 2008 campaign I would watch them greet each other on stage and I used to text-message my boyfriend, now my husband: ‘Do you love me as much as Barack loves Michelle?’ and he’d be like, ‘Probably not, no’.”

Still, she has hope. “The way that they relate to each other—they just celebrated their 20th anniversary—the way they enjoy each other and listen to each other, and the real respect that they have for each other is something I would like to see in my relationship twenty years from now,” she said.

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The new Global Super Power…….China ! …..and The Land Of Sandy??

In North America, it’s become almost a cliché in science fiction to turn Japan and Korea into superpowers of the future. From William Gibson’s first cyberpunk novel Neuromancer, to David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas (now a movie), we are bombarded with images of a hyper-futuristic world dominated culturally and economically by these Asian countries. And yet, despite intense political debates (and fearmongering) over China’s growing hold over the U.S., we rarely see science fiction stories that depict it becoming a superpower. It’s like we’re afraid to imagine in fiction what the U.S. presidential candidates argued over repeatedly in their debates. Even the remake of Red Dawn shies away from a Chinese future; the movie was about a Chinese invasion, but that detail was changed in post-production to North Korea.

Still, there are stories like Looper and Maureen McHugh’s novel China Mountain Zhang that are set in a future where China has eclipsed the West. A few themes emerge from stories like these, where most U.S. and Canadian fiction fears to go. Continue reading

Presidential Elections….NYC Residents Can Vote at any New York State Polling Place Tomorrow

The Latest News About Elections Is

“If you’re a resident of NYC or Westchester, Long Island and Rockland counties, you can submit an affadavit ballot for the presidential and US Senatorial elections at any polling place in the state of New York you like tomorrow. You can’t vote in local elections, but it’s still useful for those who’s living and transportations situations we’re affected by Hurricane Sandy.”

But how many residents care more about going and voting tomorrow than finding their family and loved ones, cleaning up their house, dealing with their insurance companies and getting their life back to normal.

“NASA Astronauts, who are true American heroes, aboard the ISS can vote in the presidential election tomorrow too.”

So if you’re already on our planet, you pretty much have no excuse not to vote now and

Can we be sure they are actually Americans voting though? Are we positive it’s not some Russian cosmonaut trying to sway the election? 😀

*I VOTED !*

Google has customized results for Obama, but not Romney…Not Fair !

“Once Web users search for “Obama,” they find modified results tailored to that search when they look up information about topics such as Iran or Medicare.”

Google isn’t treating searches related to presidential candidates fairly, a new report charges.
The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that it commissioned a study on the way in which search results related to President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are displayed on Google. The study found that when users search for “Obama” or “Romney,” Google displays standard results. Other related searches, however, are treated differently.

For example, the Journal tried to search for topics ranging from Iran to Medicare. Those who had already searched for “Obama” found that their results were customized to relate in some way to the president. Searches on those topics yielded no such customizations for Romney seekers.

Google has, of course, used personalization in its search results for a long time. And although it personalizes results for Obama searchers, the results did not necessarily show a political leaning toward one candidate or another. Indeed, those who searched for “Iran” would see results that contained mention of both Obama and Iran displaying both laudatory and negative pages.
Still, in a race that is incredibly close with one day until the election, such differences have caught the attention of folks on both sides.

For its part, Google told the Journal that its sole desire to is to “get users the best answers as fast as possible.” The company added that the Obama customization is the result of more people searching for “Obama” and then one of the political topics.

Some Hilarious Factors That Predict Every Presidential Election….!!

Despite what the pundits, talking heads and NPR tell you, the presidential election is still a crapshoot. You think you know what’s going to happen, then BAM! The president of the United States takes a Xanax/Thanksgiving turkey cocktail before a debate. Wouldn’t it be great if you could shut out that political noise and predict the outcome of every presidential election based on completely ridiculous and arbitrary factors?

Guess what? You totally can. Just go by …

#6. The Redskins Rule


The Washington Redskins enjoy one of the most remarkable reputations in political history due to a little correlation called the “Redskins rule.” It’s as simple as it is spooky: If the Redskins win their last home game before election day, then the party in power gets to hold on to the White House. If the Redskins lose, no matter how close the game, the opposition party takes over. Continue reading

President Obama and Bill Clinton Unite On 2012 Trail For First Time….

 

 

The Barack Obama-Bill Clinton “bromance” was on full display tonight in battleground Virginia as both men united in public for the first time on the 2012 campaign trail.

Clinton, who has been for Obama and audibly hoarse, appeared to captivate the Democratic crowd with his vigorous endorsement of President 44 while making a hard final pitch to undecided or wavering voters.

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Why do one-in-five American voters now believe Osama bin Laden is still alive?

President Obama reported on national television that an American commando team in four military helicopters had killed Osama bin Laden in his Pakistan bedroom. Within literally minutes, word of the terrorist’s death by gunshot prompted seemingly spontaneous street celebrations outside the White House and elsewhere.

Now comes word from noted pollster John Zogby that while an overwhelming majority buys the administration’s account, a surprising almost one-in-five likely American voters believes the Al Qaeda founder is not dead at all, nor buried at sea, as Obama officials have stated. Continue reading