Posted by: mutantpoodle | October 24, 2008

Images from the Campaign

Callie Shell has been photographing Barack Obama since before he announced his run for President. There’s some remarkable stuff in this collection; I’m posting three of my favorites with Shell’s captions below.
obama-stairwell

Waiting: Obama listens from a back stairwell as he is introduced in Muscatine, Iowa. It was his second or third speech of the day. Unlike many of the politicians I have photographed in the past, I find it is easy to get a photograph of Obama alone. He lets his staff do their jobs and not fuss over him. Nov. 7, 2007.

obama-counter

I loved that he cleaned up after himself before leaving an ice cream shop in Wapello, Iowa. He didn’t have to. The event was over and the press had left. He is used to taking care of things himself and I think this is one of the qualities that makes Obama different from so many other political candidates I’ve encountered. Nov. 7, 2007.

family-4th

The Obama family on their campaign bus before a Fourth of July picnic in Butte, Mont., 7/4/2008. They are watching a Fourth of July celebration while the crowd arrives at their own event.

In other news, Barack Obama said this morning that he’s not sure whether his grandmother “makes it to election day.”

Here’s one prayer, at least, that she does.

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