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October 23rd, 2009
07:10 AM ET

White House releases portrait of first family

The White House unveiled this portrait of the first family this morning. It's the first official White House portrait of the Obamas. The picture was taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz.

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, sit for a family portrait in the Green Room of the White House, Sept. 1, 2009. (Official White House Photo)
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, sit for a family portrait in the Green Room of the White House, Sept. 1, 2009. (Official White House Photo)

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  1. Peter from Alexandria VA

    This is a nice family photo. But it amazes me is the number of people who go out the way to make a comment on what they believe other people are thinking. Comments like that keep the issue alive and provoke a response.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  2. taib all the way from mombasa kenya

    very beautiful picture may allah bless you with your family make peace with the world Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. We are all one family from Adam and Hawaa, amin.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  3. Reggie in Austin

    It cracks me up on how much some people will depict and and argue about a picture or what Betty said. Thanks for the comedy.

    It would take any President more than 9 months to clean up an 8 year mess.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  4. josie hood

    by far one of the worst laid out pictures i have ever seen... absolutely no reason to be perched on the arm of a chair, and definitely the dress is hiked up way to far on the leg to be appropriate. if we were striving to look natural, the boat was missed. the president should have had his suit coat on...

    the room was way too busy which detracted from the subjects being photographed, and the urn on the fireplace looks like someones ashes. everything looked disjointed and plastic.

    i also found it odd that there was an absence of the family pet as well as no american flag...

    maybe having annie leibovitz do the photography was part of the bailout since she is about to lose everything... /:

    October 23, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  5. Sol

    Instead of the president of the United states and his top advisors being worried about pitcures, the olympics, fox news, and a local issue with police he should be leading our country. Its like a bunch of thugs running the white house. If things continue down this path, our children will not grow up in the great america that we grew up in. We will be no diffrent then any other country in the world wich seems to be the goal of this current administration.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  6. Jeannie

    Thank you Sky for pointing out all the good and productive things President Obama has accomplished. I am embarrassed as an American at how hateful, rude and the the lack of respect many have shown (especially those holding offices representing our states) toward our President. Agree with him or not he is still the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES being RESPECTFUL toward him or any President is not an option. I voted for President Obama and stand behind him 100% in his decisions b/c he thinks things through and does not act on impulse or just b/c someone says we have to act NOW i.e. adding more troops in Afganistan. Of course those who are high up in the military want more troops. That is all they know and have that mentality. They have been fighting for hundreds of years over there what make them think WE can stop it?? I praise President Obama for thinking this out carefully and getting other opinions.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  7. AH

    May God continue to bless you and your entire family President Obama, whenever times get hard in the white house always remember to look to the hills from where all of your help come from "Lord". You all are an excellent picture of what our future holds. This is a wonderful portrait of joy and peace.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  8. marie cush

    Absolutely beautiful family and proud to have them as our first family.

    October 23, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  9. Florida

    O M G / Believe in Miracles / The best is yet to come !

    October 23, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
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