Obamas’ Hug Becomes the Most “Liked” Facebook Photo of All Time

Barack Obama broke online photo-sharing records this week after winning Tuesday’s presidential election. When his victory became evident, Obama shared the above photograph on his Facebook timeline with the simple caption, “Four more years.” That photograph quickly attracted “likes” faster than any other image shared through the social networking service. When it hit more than 2.1 million likes shortly after midnight Wednesday morning, Facebook announced that it had become the most-liked Facebook photo of all time.

The furious “liking” is still ongoing, pushing the bar even higher for any photo that wants to break the record. As of this post, the photo stands at over 4.1 million likes:

The same photo and message made a huge splash on Twitter as well, garnering hundreds of thousands of retweets — the most his account has ever seen, and very likely the most ever on Twitter for any tweet.

It’s not the first time during Obama’s presidency that he has broken a photo-sharing record: in May of last year, a photo of him in the Situation Room during the bin Laden raid became the fastest viewed photo ever on Flickr.

Gizmodo has published an interview with the photographer behind the image, a woman named Scout Tufankjian. She reveals that the photo was captured at a campaign event in Iowa back on August 15th using a Nikon D3 and 85mm f/1.4 prime.

This was the first event the First Lady had been at and they hadn’t seen each other for a few days. Because I’m a total sap and am also relatively recently married, I find their relationship to be totally inspirational in terms of the respect they have for each other, so I always try to focus on them as a couple, rather than as public figures.

(via Facebook via Gizmodo via SLR Lounge)

Image credit: Photograph by Scout Tufankjian

  • Nathan Blaney

    By posting this, you’re setting up a situation that’ll invite a deluge of political commentary. Its all I can do to keep my anti-obama comments out of this, but I’m sure others will not bother. Might want to rethink posting this sort of thing lest you set yourself up for a marathon comment moderation session.

  • Kumaran Alagesan

    umm… I remember reading it as “85mm 1.4 prime”

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    they’re posting relevant information on the most liked and retweeted image in history. Just because it MIGHT spark a little political debate is no reason to not post it. We don’t live in China.

  • Michael Zhang

    :) Thanks Kumaran!

  • Nathan Blaney

    So then would you like me to go on and on about what I think of Obama? I doubt it. But I could sure write quite a bit – although I’m sure others might out do me. As for the most “liked” image info, thats a whole lot of so what. Puts it on par with a Thomas Kinkade painting – lots of people like that crap but it doesn’t mean its interesting or of any artistic value.

  • Michael Zhang

    We’ll certainly be moderating the comments to keep the discussion photography-related. There are plenty of other places online to debate politics. This blog isn’t one of them :) Thanks Nathan

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    thankfully something doesn’t have to be wholly interesting or of artistic value to be posted – since those are very subjective things. A lot of people like statistics – myself included, and a lot of people don’t. You can’t please everyone :)

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  • Michael Zhang

    Nathan: We appreciate that you’re a long-time reader and frequent commenter, but this comment has landed you on our commenting blacklist.

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    not very clever, Nathan. spreading racial hatred.

  • Eziz

    Everyone is entitled to their opinions and so are you. But I don’t get why some people complain about the posts here. If you want your personal pinterest page go and start one.

  • deborah970

    Why can we still see it? Can you please remove it?

  • Mark Wheadon

    Regardless of the politics, it’s a strong image.

  • Ryan Jensen

    I doubt it’s the photo people are Liking, but I may be wrong.

  • Erik Lauri Kulo

    The first time I saw the photo I basically read the byline as if their relationship is directly dependent on his presidency.

  • tiredofit123

    Politics will inevitably get into a commentary on a photo of a political figure. The number of likes is also due to politics (winning the election) than the photo itself. I see gray skies and a posed awkwardness–he really isn’t holding onto her–and as another commentator noted below the byline reads as if their relationship is dependent on the presidency. So now you also know where my politics lay.

  • eraserhead12

    .. you could say the same thing about the situation room pic. it’s just a picture of some people in a room, doesn’t have much artistic value. womp womp.

  • Anthony Burokas

    It’s about timing. The right image at the right time touches people. Virality is an emotional response.