Most have seen the cute photo of President Obama bending down to allow a small black child to touch his hair..
Most recently the New York Times republished the back story causing the photograph to heavily circulate on the net.. Currently it’s the most shared story on the site.
Although the photo showing a 5-year-old touching Obama’s hair has been seen dozens of times many do not know the story that accompanies the photo that been proudly sitting on showcase in the West Wing of the White House for the past 3 years.
In May 2009, the child, Jacob Philadelphia, was visiting the White House with his father, a former Marine who was leaving his 2-year stint working for the National Security Council as part of the White House staff. The father asked to take a family photo with the president. Jacob said he had a question for Obama, who was then in his fifth month in office.
The Times recounts the rest:
“I want to know if my hair is just like yours,” he told Mr. Obama, so quietly that the president asked him to speak again.
Jacob did, and Mr. Obama replied, “Why don’t you touch it and see for yourself?” He lowered his head, level with Jacob, who hesitated.
“Touch it, dude!” Mr. Obama said.
As Jacob patted the presidential crown, … [White House photographer Pete] Souza snapped.
“So, what do you think?” Mr. Obama asked.
“Yes, it does feel the same,” Jacob said.
As the paper noted, President Obama has largely avoided discussing race during his first term. But the photo “is tangible evidence” that the president “remains a potent symbol for blacks, with a deep reservoir of support.”
“As a photographer, you know when you have a unique moment,” Souza told the paper. “But I didn’t realize the extent to which this one would take on a life of its own. That one became an instant favorite of the staff. I think people are struck by the fact that the president of the United States was willing to bend down and let a little boy feel his head.”
OBAMA LOVES THE KIDS!!
President Obama and his first lady Michelle are really some good kind hearted people who really care about others.