May 16th, 2009
09:15 AM ET
14 years ago

Scenes from the White House


President Barack Obama bends over so the son of a White House staff member can pat his head during a family visit to the Oval Office May 8, 2009. The youngster wanted to see if the President's haircut felt like his own. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).

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soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Judy


    May 16, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Don

    This guy is simply unbelievable!! What a great role model for young Americans.

    May 16, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Jacob

    Ten bucks says the Republicans will soon be out with an ad saying "Obama bows to children."

    May 16, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Bryan

    Oh no, another bow! Rush will be all over this one...

    May 16, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Ex-republican

    Congratulation, Mr. President!
    And, you boy: save this photo so one day you can say that you have touched the Greatest President!

    May 16, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. donttreadonme

    That is wonderfull Obama has a good heart. He is just taking us in a bad direction.

    May 16, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. The Marginalizer

    The Human Touch. Something OUR White House has been missing for a long, long time. Maybe our country is at a turning point for the good....finally.

    May 16, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. Alan

    Oh, my goodness! There he goes again - BOWING DOWN to someone. This time it's a mere CHILD!

    Just thought I'd get that out of the way for the right-wing radicals who post here so often, anticipating their response to this warm story about our truly human and endearing President.

    May 16, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. jude

    i can just see shaun hannity w/ all his insanity making a big deal about BOWING to the young and old. he'll find some way to twist this into a negative. i bet you. he just don't get it. case in point when greeting the king of saudi arabi. our president is a tall person. he is a basketball player, and the king is a frail and aging ruler who they have to prop up so he can make appearances, OBAMA DID NOT BOW. he simly bent down to speak words of respect to a aging ruler. capeesh hannity. now we got the young whom w/ respect he granted a young childs request. i'll say it again mrs hannity is got to be bouncing off the walls. while you playa hate on the commander in chief.

    May 16, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. Cain

    How Cool. Prez. is very good with Children.

    May 16, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    If it were Cheney that child will be warerboarded.

    May 16, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. Kendall

    Obama is trying to appease to younger voters, by bowing. lol

    May 16, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Ruty

    I am so pleased that we finally have a human being in the white house instead of a redneck cowboy. Obama has class–a welcome change to the oval office.

    May 16, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Salas

    Hah,Nah nah,abomination,holy sh,,t,what, he also bows to a prince from saudi arabia,impish,impish,impish this traitor.Its a typical response i expect from Gopers.Watch out!

    May 16, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. tjaman

    That's adorable!

    May 16, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. Jugy

    Nice guy, but why is it that more than half of the photos you see of him or Michelle are with African Americans? Less than 20% of the population is black, yet almost every photo of the Obamas is with black individuals. We are a country heading toward reverse discrimination.

    May 16, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Fola, IN

    Oh my gawd now he bows for a little kid!! What is he, President Bow-Wow? (Yeah whatever – nice photo, CNN. Thanks for sharing).

    May 16, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Joy nc

    I can see the GOP headlines now. Obama bowing to an African!

    May 16, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Emma, San Jose

    Cool gesture!

    May 16, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Kay

    President OBAMA is an inspirational to soo many..even little kids are fascinated with him. What a guy!!!

    May 16, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. Lauren

    cute picture

    May 16, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. BJs

    LOL! Now that is the cutest thing! I really like how Obama is so down-to-earth. I can't imagine ol' Shrub being like that. Even McCain...::shudder::

    May 16, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Joanna

    Too cute! I love our president!!!

    May 16, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. georgia

    This is priceless! I love this photo. My son would of asked the same thing.

    May 16, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. BC

    I was very touched by the moment of 'recognition and familiarity' in this refreshing picture.

    During the last presidential election, for the first time in their lives many Americans had an opportunity to vote for a President who they not only agreed with, but someone who also looked and sounded a lot like them.

    I think the little boy in this picture had that same feeling, after his first time seeing our President in the Oval office.

    May 16, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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