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. echeweozo

    Good to be alife,the young shall grow,i love african americans like i love my life.God bless america

    May 16, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Cystem Phailure

    Oh no. Now the Repugs will throw themselves into a tizzy about the President bowing to someone.

    May 16, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Brent

    First the Saudi King, now THIS, haha just kidding I think it's a great picture

    May 16, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Ineves

    This is the kind of president the US and the rest of world deserves. Thanks Mr. Pres.

    May 16, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Felines for Freedom

    So cute! This is why the majority of American people love Barack Obama. Brilliant, insightful, cool and competent, yet also very very warm and human.

    May 16, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Simmy

    He just can't take a bad picture....Such a humble man....Love my Pres!

    Can't wait to see the blogs from the 'FOXES' saying he is 'bowing' again....They are so entertaining.....Annoying and sad, but still funny –in an oxymoronic sorta way......

    May 16, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. kathy from phoenix

    Maybe Obama was just leaning over in front of Saudi King Abdullah so the King could touch his hair! I think that was it ... !!!

    May 16, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. catherine briley

    it warms my heart to see the warmth of president obama as he inter mingles with people.president obama is called for this time in history and if we are not careful we willfind ourselves fighting against god.lets pray for the united states and our chosen leader

    May 16, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. Mer

    What a lovely gesture and photograph!

    May 16, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. Rosalyn Casson

    OMG that is so SWEET!!!!

    May 16, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. Eva, VA

    As a black mum...incredible. That's all I can say. Thank you 4 the pic.

    May 16, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Nancy

    It is great to see this man in the White House.

    May 16, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. Ken in NC

    WOW. By tomorrow the Right Wing Nuts will be circulating this picture claiming that President Obama is shown bowing to the Young King of an African nation.
    A good way to stimulate the economy and get rich would be to put money on the Wing Nuts LOL.

    May 16, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. elliott

    Obama is pracaticing for another visit from the Saudi king!! Spineless loser....

    May 16, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. elliott

    oops...make that "practicing".... ; p

    May 16, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. Karen

    I can't believe he's bowing to a CHILD.

    May 16, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    So Sweet

    May 16, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. marcus

    dang.! there's that president obama bowing down again. how on earth is the world going to respect us ??

    May 16, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. Lisa C

    Oh Barack, you and I understand exactly what this is about. But your haters are gonna have a field day with this one, LOL!

    May 16, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. Expat American

    Slack Jaw Red Sweatshirt Palin Supporters response:

    The President is bowing again. Who is that child? Is he a "Muslim King Sheik of Arabia person? UnAmuurican! UnAmuurican! Uum...time to grease up my ol' lady so she can fit in my truck because it's time to go to McDonalds....wait a minute...why am I so fat?"

    May 16, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. Independent


    May 16, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. Shell Hari

    What can I say! We have a real human being in the white house after a long time!

    May 16, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. amt, CA

    I love this scene ! This Pres Obama is just amazing. A wonderful human being.

    May 16, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. wish the repubs were interested in the good of the country

    I can't wait to see what Obama is accused of for this photograph.

    May 16, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. tpbco

    And the kid isn't even King of Saudi Arabia yet.

    May 16, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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