Photographer who took iconic Obama image surprised by response

The "Four more years" picture shot by Scout Tufankjian (via Twitter)
The "Four more years" picture shot by Scout Tufankjian (via Twitter)

Scout Tufankjian had been a photographer with President Obama’s reelection campaign from the beginning, but when the Scituate native’s shot of the commander in chief hugging first lady Michelle Obama was posted on the campaign’s Facebook and Twitter accounts with the caption “Four more years,” she suddenly became a big deal. Within hours, the image was Facebook’s most “liked” photo and Twitter’s most re-tweeted tweet. “I had no idea the response was going to be like this. My friend e-mailed me on election night to tell me and I didn’t believe her. I said, ‘No way, that’s crazy,’ and I looked it up and was like, ‘Wow.’ I had no idea about the Facebook thing until the next day,” said Tufankjian. “The whole thing is incredible.” She said she took the photo in Dubuque, Iowa, in August. The president hadn’t seen his wife in several days, and when the pair met at an event onstage, their embrace was heartfelt. Tufankjian doesn’t take credit for the popularity of the image. “I don’t think it has to do with the image, or my photography or the lens I chose,” she said. “It’s all about how people feel about the Obama family and how they feel about them in that moment.”

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