January 14th, 2009
12:19 PM ET
9 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. Jacqueline in FL

    Very strong picture. God Bless you President Obama!

    January 14, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. tonya


    January 14, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. Patricia in Las Vegas

    Lori ~~
    Because Ed is an idiot. He thinks his sarcasm is clever, but it only shows his intolerance and absolute obliviousness to the fact that we finally will have an honest, intelligent President that truly wants to serve our country.

    I will be in DC on the 20th and am excited and proud to be witnessing history in the making.

    Oh, and yup, it is a GREAT picture!!

    January 14, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Patriot from ATL GA

    You gotta love our President, a super intelligent guy. I'm so proud you would have thought I personally gave birth to him. He needs all of our support to help get us out of this mess.

    January 14, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Jorgor Barrie

    What a HANDSOME Guy? What an ELEGANT Shot?

    I am deeply POSITIVELY Jealous and Admiring of the Humility, Intellect, Intelligence, Character, Charisma, Candour, Competence, Coolness, Colour and Comfort that Exuberate from that Face.

    May God continue to Bless and Guide Him in the Challenges He Faces in Bringing Us All Together as a Human Family! AMEN!

    January 14, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. noemi in los angeles

    love it!

    January 14, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. donna

    @MRTREE...if no one is bothered by your ignorance, why would they be bothered by his ears?? fair is fair....

    @Centrist...no one is dumb or starry-eyed..everyone is FULLY AWARE of what he is about to take on...I'm sure he KNEW full well during the primary season and he still wanted the job...AND GOT IT!!!!

    January 14, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. mary, colorado

    Beautiful well-done portrait that portrays the face of a man who will contribute much to this country he loves/

    The minute I heard him speak, I knew this man was destined for greater things, and he is well on his way.

    History books will be full of his accomplishments.

    Thank God for President Obama

    January 14, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. sarcasm

    Whew... as long as he has a lapel pin on... We can all breathe now.

    January 14, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    @ Tina ... Canada doesn't want any racists from the US ... Americans need to clean-up their own house and not dump their rejects on others.

    January 14, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. Shay

    President Barack Obama

    Hope and Change for America is coming.

    God Bless You and Keep You Safe

    January 14, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Lauren the Designer

    Dig it! The President is very photogenic.

    January 14, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. Brian

    Excellent Photo !!

    January 14, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. phen

    I think for the president this is not the best photograph. He is usually much more relaxed and has a lot more emotion in his eye. This looks very stiff and posed. The photographer could have done a better job in lighting and posing for sure. Try and make the Big Guy feel comfortable. Seriously. Then again I think it would be great if all the president portraits were painted instead, but that's me. In any case it's good to see a change I suppose.


    January 14, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. Jester

    Just like JFK, all looks, no substance.

    January 14, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. The Patriot

    We love you Mr. President! See you at inauguration!

    Isnt it nice to feel good about our future again?

    January 14, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. TPotts

    Great photo. As for whether or not he'll succeed: GOD led him to it, so he will definitely bring him through it. This battle is not Obama's, it's the Lord's!

    January 14, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. arc, Lugano CH

    Ed January 14th, 2009 3:14 pm ET
    Thanks. I'm gonna print that poster size and put it right next to my posters of Osama Bin Laden and Sadam Hussein.
    Edward – you are the truest definition of 'Country First'.
    Is there anything more pathetic than you?

    Eddie, Please enter 'uneducated coward' into wikipedia, and low and behold, there is a picture of you!

    January 14, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. d-man


    January 14, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. richard

    Could be put up in any Post Office

    January 14, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. Luna - Los Angeles

    Yes, it is President Barack Obama.
    God Bless You.

    January 14, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  22. bernie

    People in our country are in trouble, people in the world have it so much harder. Why are we dissing one another? It's a known fact that George W. Bush failed us as a president and not matter how much some would like to not believe it – it's there. Let's give this new leader support so we can all have better jobs, pay, and our standing as a world leader is renewed. And let's all give thanks we live in a country with freedom of speech – otherwise some of you would be in prison.

    January 14, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. m4rk

    Same old dumb looking face we saw during the races.

    January 14, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. Caen, Medford MA

    Hey this guy's black!! how'd did that happen? Oh I see, people actually voted for him. The dude looks sharp smart and ready.
    Never, ever, thought this would happen in my lifetime. All you backward people have to have a black CIC ha ha ha. It's wonderful wonderful.
    If i could i'd throw a shoe at bush, SOB, IDIOT that he is...

    January 14, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  25. Will

    May God bless our country come Jan 20th at 12:01pm... it's gonna need it. Is it 2012 yet?

    January 14, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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