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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 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.

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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.

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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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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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I love the pic


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oh damn!

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

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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.”>>

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Is the photographer black?
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With that last name? Im thinking Turkey or sumpn! 

LMAO her hubby is funny
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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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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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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.”>>

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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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