The Other Side Of Obama's Victory Hug

Photograph © David Burnett - Contact Press Images
Photograph © David Burnett - Contact Press Images

By Julia Turner for Slate


When David Burnett saw Scout Tufankjian's picture of President Obama hugging First Lady Michelle Obama that went viral in the hours after Election Day, the image rang a bell. He remembered it was from last August at a rally in Iowa, an event Burnett covered on assignment for People magazine. Checking his images, he found he'd shot the same moment - but from the exact opposite side. Burnett's image shows the First Lady's face and emotions, the flip-side to Tufankjian's picture. Julia Turner writes about what Burnett has to say about that day in an article in Slate here.