January 14th, 2009
12:19 PM ET
6 years ago

Official Obama portrait released

The Obama transition office has released the official presidential portrait.
The Obama transition office has released the official presidential portrait.

(CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama's transition office has released the new official portrait of the incoming president.

The photograph was taken by newly-announced White House photographer Pete Souza, and is the first presidential portrait to be taken with a digital camera, according to the transition office.

Full portrait after the jump

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soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. Al

    hey obama supporter...you said "this picture should be presented on everybody's fridge to remind us of what a great president we have."

    you're right, we do have a great president. and his name is george w bush

    January 14, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. Uncle S.A.M.

    @ Oh! The Irony

    Yes he did say that

    January 14, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. karen-Phoenix

    Look at it carefully! The shading shows his white side and his black side!!! A man for ALL Americans and I'm a white republican who voted and donated to Obama!!!!

    January 14, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. Debby, NJ

    Now there is a handsome man...Won't mind seeing and hearing from this President!!!

    January 14, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. cherrystrawberry

    Awesome. I love everything about my President....even those EARS. lol

    January 14, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. AnaB

    mrtree

    It is a nice picture, but is anyone else bothered by the ears?
    _______________________________________

    Why would anyone be?

    January 14, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. boered1

    not his best pic but it will do I suppose

    January 14, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Clinton Voter

    You Obama cultists make me sick. Gushing over a mere picture of your messiah. He looks like a liar to me. I'm glad he'll only be president for 4 years.

    **Palin/Plumber 2012!**

    January 14, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Robert

    I hope he looks the same in 4 years!!

    January 14, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. themexcellentone

    What a dignified looking portrait.

    I am excited about Obama's upcoming inauguration, and I hope he is able to help our nation come through this miserable economy and war to be better and stronger than we were before.

    January 14, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. Simpliticus

    What-you-see-is-what-you-get photo rather than the noble looking to the sky scene. How appropriate in light of the crap he has to deal with left over form George W. Bush. I-feel-sorry-for-him photo!

    January 14, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. Michael M. - Austin, TX

    I'm surprised that nobody has commented on the flag pin!

    January 14, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. Dean in Florida

    Had to be digital...his image won't appear on film.

    January 14, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Confused

    Hello, Mr. President.

    January 14, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. Angel

    Looks like an angel, better than Ronald Reagan, John Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln or George Washington, actually better than any human beings ever lived. The White House and the world are created just for the Obamas.

    January 14, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. Trevor in VA

    I'm surprised he had the flag pin on his lapel.

    January 14, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. Uncle S.A.M.

    @ Al

    You must be part of the 25% of Americans that approve of George Bushs' presidency. If I had to look at his picture on my fridge every morning I think I'd have morning sickness.

    January 14, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. Matt

    [Insert irrationally hateful or happy comment here]

    January 14, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. Jack

    What's with the flag pin? Thought he didn't wear one.

    January 14, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. German,Irish American

    Impressive airbrushing, you can hardly tell that he is America's first half-white President.

    January 14, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. NJObama08+

    to clinton voter:

    give it up. your name alone proves that the direction you want the country is the same as the direction that PRESIDENT Obama (come Tuesday) plans to take us. You just want to stay angry that Clinton didn't win. Appreciate what this election has done – and not on a racial note. it has made people beleive in their country once again like never before, it's made people – of all ages, races and economic status believe they have a voice in this nation and they believed enough to use it – no matter who they voted for. As a whole, the country is very hopeful for our future and what can lay ahead for us. Just rejoice in all the positives this election has shown us and let go of the anger. Clinton did good. She did her very best. She is a valuable, respectful woman in the nation and in history. Move on and give him a chance.

    January 14, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. Lisa

    "Pin his ears down" (Sweetie); "It is a nice picture, but is anyone else bothered by the ears" (AnaB)? Such ignorant and uneducated comments.

    Only in America is looks more important than character, education, honesty, morals, and repect for self and others.

    January 14, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. torn up

    It is alright. There wasn't much to work with.

    January 14, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Derrick

    CLINTON VOTER, get over it. They left the White House a long time ago. Why don't you let them come to your racist and "White Supremacist House"?

    January 14, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. Dylan from MN

    Very dignified! Best of luck to you President Obama! We're behind you!

    January 14, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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