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Welcome, President Obama

I came across these awesome pictures yesterday taken by Time Magazine photographer Callie Shell, who had been following Barack Obama on the campaign trail. Today, they seem that much better.

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Obama rides a freight elevator up to his victory rally the night of the last primary. He had just secured enough votes and delegates to win the nomination. St. Paul, Minn., 8/7/2008.

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On the eve of the Indiana primary and a day that began at 4:30 a.m., cellphones and cameras caught images of Obama as he made a late-night stop to greet auto factory workers during a shift change in Indianapolis, Ind., 5/5/2008.

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Waiting: Obama listens from a back stairwell as he is introduced in Muscatine, Iowa. It was his second or third speech of the day. Unlike many of the politicians I have photographed in the past, I find it is easy to get a photograph of Obama alone. He lets his staff do their jobs and not fuss over him. Nov. 7, 2007.

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Two staffers had just passed this site and done two pull-ups. Not to be outdone, Obama did three with ease, dropped and walked out to make a speech. Missoula, Mont., 4/5/2008.

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Senator Obama was doing press interviews by telephone in a holding room between events. Sometime later as he was getting ready to begin his event, he asked me if I was photographing his shoes. When I said yes, he told me that he had already had them resoled once since he entered the race a year earlier. Providence, R.I., 3/1/2008.

You can see more photos for this series at The Digital Journalist.

Responses to "Welcome, President Obama"

Heather says:

He just looks like a president to me. Like what a president should look like.

Geanie says:

Our family also welcomes President Obama as the leader of our nation. What a historical and moving night it was to follow the numbers and watch him speak. I was going to say “hear” him speak, but to get the full affect, you need to also “see” him speak.

The photos above brought a smile to my face. We look forward to the next four years with renewed faith and a realistic understanding that magic will not happen over night or within a set amount of time, but that the Nation will someday be able to holds its head up in the eyes of the world and be the UNITED States of America. Thank you for voting. Thank you President Obama for taking on the greatest office of our country.

Plain Ole Me says:

I can’t lie I feel totally re-energized and so proud of the people and country of America.

dave says:

Is there any way he can start now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! why wait

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Travis Sheridan says:

Great photos. Great day in America.

blake says:

My wife and I popped the cork on the bottle of champagne after we found Obama had taken Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Even our 14 year old son (wrapped up in myspace at the time) took time off to hear his speech.
A grand night of hope.

Michael says:

I missed most of the night as I had a class, but I was lucky enough to get home to hear Obama’s speech. For the first time in a long while I actually had hope for this country, that mistakes made in the last decade can be rectified and things put right. But Obama has a huge task ahead of him, but I have faith he can handle it.

Travis Sheridan says:

Dumb status update so far: “Shellie is trying to except the truth…that we have a president with the middle name HUSSEIN!!!” (posted by a very conservative, right-winger)

My response: “Is it easier to have a gardener with the first name JESUS???”

Racism = Dumbism

MsJoey says:

I rushed home from work last night to watch the election coverage. Me and my daughter were glued to the T.V. She’s only 13 years old but when Obama gave his speech she was crying.
I am so grateful that she is aware and appreciative of the opportunities that we have.
I am so eager to see what the next few years will be like.

Mike Oz says:

For anyone who’s interested, I saw this on MySpace:

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TONIGHT!

ALL RACES INVITED! ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE!!

O B A M A PARTY! @ Veni Vidi Vicci’s TOWER DISTRICT
1116 N. Fulton Ave.

/ Olive

10PM F R E E ! w/ DJ mrleonard & The Soul FREEDOM Lounge!

OLD SCHOOL SOUL, FUNK, JAZZ & RARE GROOVES All Night!

Let’s Celebrate C H A N G E Together!

SEE YOU THERE!

Peace & Blessings!

Callie Shell is a great photographer. She also has some great stuff of Al Gore during his days as V.P.

Maybe press restrictions will be loosened a bit and moments like these will be more prevalent during this administration.