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Topic: Real Story of the Most-Liked Photo of All Time
Posted By: PurplePhase
Subject: Real Story of the Most-Liked Photo of All Time
Date Posted: Nov 09 2012 at 6:57pm
barackmichelle

Scout Tufankjian for Obama for America

Photojournalist Scout Tufankjian has been chronicling the political career of Barack Obama on and off since 2007. During the 2008 campaign, she worked as a journalist for various outlets and shot http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1576875040/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1576875040&linkCode=as2&tag=slatmaga-20" rel="nofollow - a book’s worth of photographs . This time around, she was hired by the campaign itself, coming on board in August 2012 as one of two photojournalists on Obama's campaign team. Her image of the president hugging his wife went viral on Tuesday night when the campaign https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/266031293945503744" rel="nofollow - tweeted it —along with the phrase “Four more years”—after news came that he’d won re-election. The post went on to become the most retweeted in Twitter history, and the image quickly became http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2012/11/07/facebook_photo_of_barack_obama_hugging_michelle_is_most_liked_most_retweeted.html" rel="nofollow - Facebook’s most-liked ever.

Tufankjian spoke with Behold about the photograph, how and when she snapped it, and what she’s enjoyed most about covering the campaign. The interview has been edited and condensed.

Slate: How’d you get that shot?
S.T.: It was taken back in August, on the third day of an Iowa bus tour. So super old-school. It was a 2007- 2008-style Iowa bus tour, and I think it was nostalgic for the president. It was the first day that the first lady had joined us so he hadn’t seen her in a couple of days. She came in on a bus that morning—it was the first event of the day—and they embraced on stage.

Slate: That was his first time seeing her?
S.T.: 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 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.

Slate: Did you know the campaign was planning to use the image in its victory tweet?
S.T.: No, I had no idea. I found out when a friend of mine e-mailed me to let me know that they had used it.

Slate: How did you feel when you heard?
S.T.: I was extremely excited. I don’t kid myself that the popularity is about the image itself. It’s about the message and how people feel about the Obamas and especially how people feel about the Obamas in that moment. It’s not the composition or anything.

Slate: It’s interesting that the campaign chose an image of the two of them in such a private moment to celebrate such a public thing.
S.T.: I actually quite like it. It reflects on the way that people feel about the Obamas as people, rather than as public figures. The wonderful thing about working for the campaign is not being with the president or on Air Force One or any of the things that would happen covering any president’s campaign. Spending time with that family is the thing that’s so wonderful. What the family is and represents to the country is as much a part of the president’s appeal as his policies.
I don’t know why they chose it, but that’s why I like the choice. As opposed to him waving in front of a flag or something more traditionally presidential.



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Posted By: SoutherNtellect
Date Posted: Nov 09 2012 at 6:58pm
of all the photos i've seen of them, i don't understand why this one is so loved 


Posted By: Addicted19034
Date Posted: Nov 09 2012 at 7:02pm
I would have thought they would choose a photo from election night


Posted By: laceyfront
Date Posted: Nov 09 2012 at 7:02pm
Girl you don't have to apologize, we hate those jumbo threads anyways.


Posted By: *Belle*Femme*
Date Posted: Nov 09 2012 at 7:04pm
Originally posted by SoutherNtellect SoutherNtellect wrote:

of all the photos i've seen of them, i don't understand why this one is so loved 
yeah I would have to agree with you. 
But I guess considering it was right after he won. It was almost like he was embracing her and without saying a word saying Thank you my love. And she was embracing him with I'm proud of you and we did this together. 

Thats how I read into the photo. 


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Posted By: FarraFace
Date Posted: Nov 09 2012 at 7:05pm
Interesting....

ETA: Whatever photo he posted that night would have been the most liked/retweeted photo of all time. That's a great photo, but it ain't even all that.

IMHO, IMJ, TBH, KWIM? LOL


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Posted By: smaison
Date Posted: Nov 09 2012 at 7:07pm
They are just so adorable.

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Posted By: khivey
Date Posted: Nov 09 2012 at 7:20pm
That embrace and his face says a whole lot. You don't see too many of those going around among couples these days.

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Posted By: Az~Maverick
Date Posted: Nov 09 2012 at 7:26pm
I like it! Thumbs UpHeart


Posted By: EPITOME
Date Posted: Nov 09 2012 at 7:28pm
his arm resting on that bootay 

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Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: Nov 09 2012 at 7:29pm
oops.. didn't realize I cut the rest off. If anyone is interested..


Slate: What’s it like to shoot Obama with his family?
S.T.: He’s so much happier and more relaxed. I mean, I don’t know any of this for sure. But when he’s around his family, he seems the happiest that you ever see him. 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.”

Slate: How is their relationship aspirational?
S.T.: Well, I’m young and I’m in a new marriage. 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.

Slate: How did you feel when you saw the http://www.economist.com/printedition/covers/2012-11-08/ap-e-eu-la-me-na-uk" rel="nofollow - Economist cover using a similar image, along with the headline “Now, Hug a Republican”?
S.T.: I haven’t seen it! I have not had a chance to leave this office.

Slate: When you shot the hug, back in August, did you have any sense that you had gotten something special?
S.T.: Any interaction between the two of them is always going to be the best stuff that I shoot in any given day, almost without exception. So yes, I guess.

Slate: What is the process like, shooting for the campaign? Do you give them everything? Do an edit?
S.T.: I do an edit for the campaign, and they push some of it out and keep some for later. We use the pictures on Facebook, on Twitter, but everything gets kept. But I did the initial edit, probably sitting in the back of a van on the way to or from an airport, trying to get an Internet signal in Iowa, which is near impossible. There were a couple of similars to that image, but that was the one I chose.

Slate: This will probably become the most iconic image you shot during this campaign. Before it was released on Tuesday night, were there other shots you thought would be your lasting images from 2012?
S.T.: There was the bear hug in Florida [taken when Obama was embraced and lifted off the floor by pizza shop owner Scott Van Duzer]. The bear hug, that was like one of these perfect moments: You’re standing in the right place, you have exactly the right lens, and you frame it perfectly. Everything just worked out.

bear hug

Scout Tufankjian for Obama for America

It was so shocking that I gasped out loud—I think you can hear me on the video—when he picked up the president. Afterwards we were all walking around in a daze, just like “He picked up the president.” The president’s response was kind of amazing. If someone had picked me up I would have made a shocked face. He just shrugged his shoulders and looked at the head of his secret service detail.
And there is also a picture from Florida, of the president speaking with school children, and two in the back row are kissing.

kiss kiss

Scout Tufankjian for Obama for America

Slate: I’ve seen that. Did you know when you shot it that you’d captured the kissing kids?
S.T.: Not until afterward. I showed [presidential adviser] Valerie Jarrett, and she made me show the president. Everyone on the campaign was like, “That’s hilarious, he’s going for it!” “Kid’s got game!”

Updated with a disclosure: Julia Turner and Scout Tufankjian are old friends.




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Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: Nov 09 2012 at 7:30pm
this cracked me up:

<< 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.”>>

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Posted By: rickysrose
Date Posted: Nov 09 2012 at 7:30pm
I love the pic




Posted By: EPITOME
Date Posted: Nov 09 2012 at 7:31pm
oh damn!

Do you love me as much as Barack loves Michelle?” and he’d be like, “Probably not, no.”

Unhappy
Unhappy


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Posted By: FarraFace
Date Posted: Nov 09 2012 at 7:32pm
Originally posted by PurpleHaze PurpleHaze wrote:

this cracked me up:

<< 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.”>>

Dead



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Posted By: Sang Froid
Date Posted: Nov 09 2012 at 7:36pm
Is the photographer black?


Posted By: Anah
Date Posted: Nov 09 2012 at 9:05pm
With that last name? Im thinking Turkey or sumpn! 

LMAO her hubby is funny


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Posted By: afrokock
Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 2:04am
Originally posted by SoutherNtellect SoutherNtellect wrote:

of all the photos i've seen of them, i don't understand why this one is so loved 
yeah me too



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Posted By: afrokock
Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 2:06am
so the pres thought the kid kissing the other kid was cute and he got game ..



well we did want to know what the pres thought innit

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Posted By: carolina cutie
Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 2:18am
Originally posted by FarraFace FarraFace wrote:

Originally posted by PurpleHaze PurpleHaze wrote:

this cracked me up:

<< 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.”>>

Dead

At least he's honest?Big smile



lol I'm just playin'. That's not something you want to hear from your SO eva.Ouch


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Posted By: Alias_Avi
Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 2:18am
The photo in the OP is incredibly soulful... like listening to your favorite song for the first time


I stopped and starred at it for a few mins (longer than usual) when I first saw it
It's beautiful


Posted By: Alias_Avi
Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 2:19am
And I totally forgot it's my avi LOL

Glad Im not the only one who loved it that much Smile


Posted By: Faithfully2002
Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 2:29am
Originally posted by khivey khivey wrote:

That embrace and his face says a whole lot. You don't see too many of those going around among couples these days.



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Posted By: starflower7
Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 2:36am
It's my favorite pic of them that I can remember.

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Posted By: afrokock
Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 3:16am
Originally posted by Alias_Avi Alias_Avi wrote:

The photo in the OP is incredibly soulful...
lol

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Posted By: JoliePoufiasse
Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 7:07am
It's a beautiful, tender moment that they captured. I understand why she says it's aspirational. Doesn't everyone want their relationship to look like this?


Posted By: RoxieDream
Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 7:35am
Originally posted by SoutherNtellect SoutherNtellect wrote:

of all the photos i've seen of them, i don't understand why this one is so loved 



LoL right


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Posted By: Random Thoughts
Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 7:50am
Simple but eloquent composition.

Reminds me of when I'd try to get the perfect shot in my photo classes. Never worked out.


Posted By: zsazsa
Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 9:18am
Love love the pic. 

Great article on it. 


Obamas in love: the most retweeted moment in history

When Barack Obama tweeted an emotional image of him embracing his wife, Michelle, it offered proof that the US of Steve Jobs and the future had defeated that of Donald Trump " rel="nofollow -

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    Barack Obama hugs his wife Michelle
    Emotional intelligence … The popularity on Twitter of the Obamas' victory embrace indicates his support among younger people

    The story of  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/barack-obama" rel="nofollow - Barack Obama 's re-election is the story of how real people, real voters, have expressed a relationship with this man that defies the cynicism, bias and outright prejudice of the official media, who either wrote him off or saw him as the best of a bad choice. This photograph tells the true story, for it goes to the deep admiration and affection Obama inspires in so many of us – around the world as well as in the US.

    Obama celebrated his election victory this week by immediately tweeting an emotional photograph of him and his wife, Michelle, embracing, and it has become  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/07/how-barack-obama-celebrated-twitter" rel="nofollow - the most re-tweeted picture  in history. That's partly because it captures his humanity and the sincerity of his love for his family, his wife and daughters, to whom he paid lavish tribute in his eloquent  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/07/barack-obama-speech-full-text" rel="nofollow - victor's speech .

    It also indicates the nature of his support: younger people who tweet, as opposed to  http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/National_News_2/article_9336.shtml" rel="nofollow - older folk who go hunting . Obama is on the right side of history, and that includes the technological future. In this election,  http://www.ted.com/talks/steve_jobs_how_to_live_before_you_die.html" rel="nofollow - the America of Steve Jobs  defeated that of  http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/09/donald-trump-twitter-rant" rel="nofollow - Donald Trump .

    Above all, the enthusiastic re-tweeting of this photograph indicates how deeply most television and newspaper reports and commentaries got the 2012 presidential election wrong. They became blind to the authenticity of Obama, and the faith such a quality can still inspire. It's an intimate picture: in sharing it with the world, he expressed a trust in people. This is what the moment means for him – it means Michelle continuing as first lady for, as he said emotionally in  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20234164" rel="nofollow - his winner's speech  in Chicago, the nation has come to share his love for his wife. Wow. This man has emotional intelligence. And instead of mocking it, his voters understand. This is the Obamas' moment and everyone wants to share it. The Obamas in love: most retweeted moment in history.

    Did he win by default, was he grimly given a second chance by a sullen electorate? (Many commentators said so, except the genius  http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/" rel="nofollow - Nate Silver , with his unerring mathematics of the American soul.) Not in the slightest. This picture's popularity says it all: Obama has won a renewed bond with the American people, a true mandate, a second birth for Hope.

    Historians may wonder, and perhaps journalists should wonder right now, why his deep support among women, younger voters, Ohio workers he has helped, gay voters, black people and Latin Americans, even  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/arts-post/post/bob-dylan-predicts-an-obama-win-a-landslide/2012/11/06/5cdbfd40-283c-11e2-b4e0-346287b7e56c_blog.html" rel="nofollow - Bob Dylan , was not the defining story of the 2012 election all along. Perhaps it's because older white men edit the news. One in particular,  http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/rupert-murdoch" rel="nofollow - Rupert Murdoch , exerts a startling grip on American television through  http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danhodges/100188510/fox-news-is-killing-the-republican-party/" rel="nofollow - Fox News . Does the sheer volume of right-wing interpretations pumped out by Fox fatally distort the entire spectrum of reporting, dragging the centre rightward? Yet the liberal press seemed to succumb to its own overwrought view that Obama was a damaged president, lucky if he got re-elected.

    This picture is worth more than all the words that have been spoken or written about an election that should scare newspapers and broadcasters, who could not see its simple truth.



  • Posted By: yaya24
    Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 10:14am
    Originally posted by SoutherNtellect SoutherNtellect wrote:

    of all the photos i've seen of them, i don't understand why this one is so loved 


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    Posted By: EPITOME
    Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 10:24am
    Originally posted by yaya24 yaya24 wrote:

    Originally posted by SoutherNtellect SoutherNtellect wrote:

    of all the photos i've seen of them, i don't understand why this one is so loved 


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    Posted By: Gia2009
    Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 10:41am
    Originally posted by carolina cutie carolina cutie wrote:

    Originally posted by FarraFace FarraFace wrote:

    Originally posted by PurpleHaze PurpleHaze wrote:

    this cracked me up:

    << 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.”>>

    Dead

    At least he's honest?Big smile



    lol I'm just playin'. That's not something you want to hear from your SO eva.Ouch


    True, but it was funny nonetheless!!LOL


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    Posted By: JoliePoufiasse
    Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 1:10pm


    Posted By: JoliePoufiasse
    Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 1:11pm
    Originally posted by JoliePoufiasse JoliePoufiasse wrote:

    Oh BHM... You have a tender moment between the president and his wife captured on film (and black love at that, which is seldom portrayed) when other presidents' marriages before him seemed so boring and contrived , but you can't understand why so many folks find this picture touching.
     
    On the other hand, you got another pic of a little boy kissing a little girl on the cheek in a classroom while Obama is visiting, and next thing you know, people are proclaiming the 6 or 7 year old boy to be a rapist in the making. TTT will make your head spin at times


    Posted By: Alias_Avi
    Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 1:16pm
    Why'd you quote yourself?!? LOL


    Posted By: JoliePoufiasse
    Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 1:19pm
    Originally posted by Alias_Avi Alias_Avi wrote:

    Why'd you quote yourself?!? LOL
     
    LOL That was a mistake, I was trying to edit my previous post. By then, it was too late, which is why I deleted the first one


    Posted By: Alias_Avi
    Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 1:21pm
    Oh Stern SmileLOL


    Posted By: JoliePoufiasse
    Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 1:31pm
    Originally posted by Alias_Avi Alias_Avi wrote:

    Oh Stern SmileLOL
     
    LOL LOLLOLwhy are you so surprised? Is it bad to try to edit yourself or bad to make a posting mistake?


    Posted By: EPITOME
    Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 2:34pm
    Originally posted by JoliePoufiasse JoliePoufiasse wrote:




    Originally posted by JoliePoufiasse JoliePoufiasse wrote:



    Oh BHM... You have a tender moment between the president and his wife captured on film (and black love at that, which is seldom portrayed) when other presidents' marriages before him seemed so boring and contrived , but you can't understand why so many folks find this picture touching.
     
    On the other hand, you got another pic of a little boy kissing a little girl on the cheek in a classroom while Obama is visiting, and next thing you know, people are proclaiming the 6 or 7 year old boy to be a rapist in the making. TTT will make your head spin at times






    Stop being pressed

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    Posted By: JoliePoufiasse
    Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 2:46pm
    Originally posted by EPITOME EPITOME wrote:

    Originally posted by JoliePoufiasse JoliePoufiasse wrote:




    Originally posted by JoliePoufiasse JoliePoufiasse wrote:



    Oh BHM... You have a tender moment between the president and his wife captured on film (and black love at that, which is seldom portrayed) when other presidents' marriages before him seemed so boring and contrived , but you can't understand why so many folks find this picture touching.
     
    On the other hand, you got another pic of a little boy kissing a little girl on the cheek in a classroom while Obama is visiting, and next thing you know, people are proclaiming the 6 or 7 year old boy to be a rapist in the making. TTT will make your head spin at times



    Stop being pressed
     
    Stop making cryptic statements that don't mean a damn thing


    Posted By: EPITOME
    Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 3:49pm
    Just because you do not comprehend them, doesn't make them not comprehensible or cryptic.

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    Posted By: JoliePoufiasse
    Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 3:52pm
    Originally posted by EPITOME EPITOME wrote:

    Just because you do not comprehend them, doesn't make them not comprehensible or cryptic.
     
    Just because you throw 3 words together and call it the day doesn't make you a scholar with a subtle delivery. Sometimes shyt is just shyt when you have nothing to say.


    Posted By: Flowing-Ice
    Date Posted: Nov 10 2012 at 3:53pm
    l.o.l. 

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