8 Viral Obama Photos

Some of the most widely shared photos of the Obama presidency.

8 Viral Obama Photos

The Obama campaign set an internet record when it celebrated his reelection by posting a photo of the president and first lady hugging. Here are more of the most widely shared photos of the Obama presidency. 

Scout Tufankjian for Obama for America

The Most Viral Photo Ever

An exhausted campaign staffer plucked this photo from among the many taken on the trail. The work of a moment, it nevertheless expressed the sense of relief many Obama supporters felt as he won a second term in office. 

Pete Souza, The White House / Landov

Talk Like a Pirate Day

It seems unlikely that the commander in chief conducted all of the nation’s business in pirate speak on Sept. 19, International Talk Like a Pirate Day, but his campaign did post this picture of the president with a scallywag in full regalia.

Pete Souza, The White House / Getty Images

Not Impressed

She’s an Olympic gold medalist. He’s the leader of the free world. They’re not impressed.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Photo

Bear Hug

Florida pizza-shop owner Scott Van Duzer (a Republican and Obama supporter) gave the president this sign of his affection in September.

Pete Souza / The White House

I’m Just Like You

One of the most powerful reminders of Obama’s historical presidency, this photo is so popular among White House visitors that it has remained hanging in the West Wing for the last three years.

Pete Souza, The White House / Getty Images

Response to Clint Eastwood

After the grizzled movie star went on a bizarre, hallucinatory rant at the Republican National Convention, Obama’s campaign reminded the world that the president is not an inanimate object by tweeting this photo with the message, “This seat’s taken.”

Jonathan Ernst, Reuters / Landov

Barack O’Bama


Pete Souza, The White House / Corbis


The president fist-bumps Lawrence Lipscomb, a custodial worker in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, in December 2009.