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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Time’s Obama Portfolio

posted by on October 23 at 8:48 AM


Time photographer Callie Shell has posted a series of candid campaign-trail shots of Barack Obama, who remains as freakishly photogenic as ever, but it’s the family shots that kill me.




See the whole series—complete with Callie Shell’s brief but illuminating captions—here.

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That was awesome, but I really wish Time wouldn't jinx it with that cover!

Posted by Blacksheep | October 23, 2008 8:54 AM

We will never support and not re-defeat terrorismist Yo Mama Slo-Mo-Bama in November and 2012! Burgle Bargle Burgle arf snarf fnarf barf!

Posted by dieboldsarmy | October 23, 2008 8:57 AM

is it just me or are there only a few photos and the link for more doesn't work? oh and DAMN that caption about the cab driver and is kid is really endearing.

Posted by whomsRU | October 23, 2008 8:58 AM

Obmama could take a piss on stage in front of everyone and the adoring media would never report it.

Posted by raindrop | October 23, 2008 8:59 AM

@4 Whereas John McCain has probably pissed himself many times on stage, but the media will never find out - Thanks, Depends!

Posted by Hernandez | October 23, 2008 9:01 AM

Can you please disable that Dan Savage cost the election thing? It plays every time I refresh the Slog page.

Thank you.

Posted by Scott Dow | October 23, 2008 9:01 AM

The cover is from last May

Posted by DC | October 23, 2008 9:05 AM

Oh these photos with their accompanying stories make me love Obama even more!

Especially the one where he cleaned up the counter after himself, and the two boys looking up at him at a rally.

Posted by Cindy | October 23, 2008 9:11 AM

I am extremely antsy about that cover. The last thing we need is to jinx this, lol. Other than that- wow. Those are some amazingly endearing photos. God he is such a photogenic person with such a photogenic family. I don't even know him personally and yet I I feel this warmth from these candid shots that I rarely ever feel with politicians.

Posted by Johnny Liverwerst | October 23, 2008 9:12 AM

i hope his grandmother makes it to jan. 4th. can't t. boone pickens or george soros or some other america-hating rich fuck send a jet to get her brittle bones to DC for the inaguration?

Posted by max solomon | October 23, 2008 9:12 AM

Awww, the 4th one is adorable.

Posted by CP | October 23, 2008 9:13 AM

This is absolutely amazing. I love him!
"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."

Posted by Mr Fuzzy | October 23, 2008 9:21 AM

Where did that guy that I'm attached to go? He's usually making a delusional comment by now.

Posted by John Bailo's miniscule cock | October 23, 2008 9:22 AM

Far from "jinxing" it, media coverage like this can give the impression that it's all sewn up, which could lead to a) depressing GOP turnout and b) creating bandwagon effects at the polls for Obama. This is no time for superstition; just get out there and darken the fuck out of those circles / incomplete lines.

Posted by shub-negrorath | October 23, 2008 9:27 AM

Those are some of the most amazing photographs ever. I love the one of him and Michelle. They look so right together.

Posted by Tamara | October 23, 2008 9:30 AM

they are gonna be the best-looking first family we've had in a looong time.

Posted by angelika | October 23, 2008 9:33 AM

Seriously. From last May. And I also can't get the first link on her sit to work. Just see the first few photos and then a big "website cannot be found" after the link.

Posted by DC | October 23, 2008 9:35 AM

thanks for sharing. That Time cover blows though.

Posted by kittenchops | October 23, 2008 9:35 AM

fantastic pictures

Posted by ZWBush | October 23, 2008 9:35 AM

@3 - Same here.

@12 - I clicked that link and am apparently forbidden from seeing the page.

Is this a subscription site or what?

Posted by Nick | October 23, 2008 9:37 AM

Anyone have a working link for the second page of pics? All I'm getting is the one page and the thumbnail page isn't coming up.

Maybe the site is overtaxed from the sudden interest? Any geek geniuses available to set up a mirror site somewhere?

Posted by flint | October 23, 2008 9:42 AM

this is what a president looks like! the link works fine for me. the photographs are amazing. i want this man for president! this man is inspiring the youth of america. there is something so deeply touching about the faces of those children looking up to him, watching him.

Posted by xina | October 23, 2008 9:43 AM

I was able to see all the pictures... not sure what the issue that others are having is. What a great collection. He really does seem warm and genuine in these photos, in a way that most politicians (R or D) do not.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | October 23, 2008 9:45 AM

@3, 12, 20, 21

The links work fine for me. They are done through javascript - the images appeared below the current photos... eventually the page becomes very, very long with photos.

some suggestions off the top of my head: Don't open in new tab/window, just left-click. (I got the error you saw when I tried opening in a new location.)

If not, try restarting your whole browser. Or make sure your Javascript is up-to-date.

Posted by Cindy | October 23, 2008 9:49 AM

If all else fails, download FireFox.

Posted by Mr Fuzzy | October 23, 2008 10:01 AM

The link isn't working for me either. I get the first three photos and then nothing.

Posted by Old_Mama_Chips | October 23, 2008 10:04 AM

that barbershop picture is great, i love the look on the kid's face. i'm truly finding it difficult not to view barack obama as a completely awesome person. not that i would deny it necessarily, but i want to maintain some skepticism about him since he is a politician and all, but it's proving to be very tough.

Posted by douglas | October 23, 2008 10:04 AM

mark me if i'm wrong, but i suspect this is the only time in history anyone has seen a first lady's--or prospective first lady's--feet. michelle obama feet!

Posted by adrian | October 23, 2008 10:15 AM

Nice photos.

He's up by 14 points in Ohio. Fourteen points!

Posted by LDP in Cincinnati | October 23, 2008 10:33 AM

There are some great photos in this set. It's hard to pick a favorite. I love so many of them.


I think I have a crush on our next president.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | October 23, 2008 10:38 AM

Wow. Norman Rockwell could have painted some of these. They're perfect.

Posted by David | October 23, 2008 10:42 AM

For everyone who can't view those photos, try Firefox. It wasn't working for me using IE 6, but firefox works without any issues.

Posted by Travis | October 23, 2008 10:54 AM

@32: An "HTTP 404 Not Found" error is a server error. It would happen no matter what browser you're using.

Posted by raindrop | October 23, 2008 11:35 AM

Cutest First Family EVUH!

The Kennedy's were too brittle, the Teddy Roosevelt's were too rambunctious and the Franklin Pierce's were wracked with melancholy...

Posted by michael strangeways | October 23, 2008 11:41 AM
Posted by D | October 23, 2008 12:10 PM

I'm tearing up a bit over here, this man is awesome. He's so obviously real. It's a gigantic relief.

Posted by Damien | October 23, 2008 12:12 PM

I love candid photos. The tenderness is a little painful to look at. How many days????

Posted by 4f...sake | October 23, 2008 12:38 PM

The pictures work fine for me. Honestly I am with number 30 here. He truly is amazing and is actually working his way into my cynical brain. Please Obama do not let me down.

Posted by Paul | October 23, 2008 1:33 PM

D, thanks for that link. Were those the same photos from the original link?

Posted by Lesley | October 23, 2008 5:26 PM

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