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April 29, 2009

Obama in 3D: White House photos on Flickr

Posted: 10:45 AM ET

For President Obama's 100th day in office, the White House rolled out a stream of photos on Flickr, the photo-sharing site.

My personal favorite is the one at right, which shows the president and first lady watching the Super Bowl in 3D glasses. Thanks to a co-worker at iReport for passing that along.

As Wonkette notes, Obama used a Flickr account during his campaign, but his photographer hadn't posted any photos of his time in the White House until today. (check out CNN's special coverage of Obama's first 100 days).

Such fun, back in the day, when you could look at “Barack Obama’s Photostream” on the Flickr. But then, he became President, and suddenly no more fun pictures. Well, rejoice! White House photographer Pete Souza uploaded a whole bunch of great White House Official Pix, and you can look at them, because you OWN them (if you paid taxes).

The stream seems to reinforce the message that Obama is hip to social media. Instead of pushing out photos and information only through official sites - like WhiteHouse.gov - the administration has become known for using social media like Twitter and Facebook to get its message across.

I find it interesting that celebrities and politicians seem to use these mediums to get closer to their fans and constituents. Never before could so many people talk so directly with famous people as they can now online. The Flickr photos also are a technological follow-up to Obama's national address where he took Internet questions and streamed the answers online in video format.

As a counterpoint, the UK's Telegraph writes about how today's milestone is merely another opportunity for the American media to gush about the president:

... the American media have already put Mr Obama on a pedestal. The sometimes cranky Washington Post columnist David Broder described the president's 100 day sprint as "a bravura opening". For Time Magazine (where Mr Obama is once again on the cover) the columnist Joe Klein described Mr Obama's legislative achievements to date as "stupendous" – listing the $789 billion stimulus bill, a budget plan that is still being hammered out and progress on a landmark safety-net programme aimed at providing universal health insurance.

What do you think? Which photos are your favorites? Do you find politicians on social media to be genuine? Is it more than a PR stunt? Feel free to weigh in on this post with comments.

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Sue   April 29th, 2009 3:21 pm ET

This guy sure has a LOT OF PLAY TIME. It's more like he won the lottery than a JOB>


Bret   April 30th, 2009 12:05 pm ET

I'm very disappointed in Pete Souza.
The photo of President Obama and Vice-President Biden putting on the White House lawn is obviously a stitched photo made from two separate pics. And a poorly done stitch at that!
I knew I should have applied for that gig!


Alex   April 30th, 2009 12:37 pm ET

who? the photographer?... if you don't enjoy you're job why are you doing it?


Gayle   April 2nd, 2010 12:34 am ET

Hack...hack...stupid is as stupid does. Idiots. And, we are paying for this crap?!


Kimberly Bell   October 1st, 2010 9:25 am ET

the thing that i like most about flicker is the resize feature'`~


Pedestal Table    October 18th, 2010 3:07 pm ET

i also like the resizing tool of Flickr aside from the easy upload and download interface it provides;:~


Carpet Shampooer ·   November 8th, 2010 1:19 pm ET

Flickr is the best photosharing tool that can resize my pictures so well ""


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