NYT Jackie Calmes: Jacob Philadelphia Photo Touching Obama's Head, "Potent Symbol for Blacks" (Pete Souza/The White House)

JACOB PHILADELPHIA PHOTO TOUCHING OBAMA’S HEAD:  Jacob Philadelphia was snapped by White House photographer in a pretty awesome shot of him touching President Obama’s head. Okay, so that was really cute, but for New York Times reporter Jackie Calmes to gush over this by saying, the photo shows “Mr. Obama remains a potent symbol for blacks, with a deep reservoir of support” and it’s an “indelible image,” is just plain ignorant. Um, can you say “photo op?” Obama embraces race at the most awkward times — when his friend Dr. Louis Henry Gates had a dust-up with Sgt. Crowley and with the Trayvon Martin shooting in Sanford, FL, saying “my son would look like Trayvon.”

As skittish as White House aides often are in discussing race, they also clearly revel in the power of their boss’s example.


David Axelrod, Mr. Obama’s longtime adviser, has a copy framed in his Chicago office. He said of Jacob, “Really, what he was saying is, ‘Gee, you’re just like me.’ And it doesn’t take a big leap to think that child could be thinking, ‘Maybe I could be here someday.’ This can be such a cynical business, and then there are moments like that that just remind you that it’s worth it.”

A copy of the photo hangs in the Philadelphia family’s living room with several others taken that day. Mr. Philadelphia, now in Afghanistan for the State Department, said: “It’s important for black children to see a black man as president. You can believe that any position is possible to achieve if you see a black person in it.” Source:  NY Times

Sorry, I don’t mean to come across as cynical, but this smacks of convenient public relations, since Obama has largely ignored the black community, but still expects blacks to vote for him in droves. How ironic that this photograph is suddenly being made public at this juncture. A rallying cry for the black community, right?