As Barack Obama avoids onions because he has to 'kiss babies and stuff', candid images show the President in action
22:41 GMT, 15 August 2012
It seems kissing babies is part and parcel of being the U.S. President.
Days after Barack Obama was filmed avoiding onions because he said he was going to be 'kissing babies and stuff,' the President was spotted kissing the forehead of a three-week-old during a campaign stop in Marshalltown.
Kissing babies has been a staple of political campaigning for decades, and never missing an
opportunity to bond with the children of America's future, these
pictures show just how popular Mr Obama is with youngsters.
Devoted family man: The President was spotted kissing the forehead of three-week-old Ethan Muhire during a campaign stop in Marshalltown yesterday
Mr Obama has spent as much time
campaigning for the righting of childhood education, as he
has hanging out with them in the classroom; stopping to hug them in crowds and talking to them while their proud parents look on.
For years at the White House,
photographs of the president at work and at play have hung throughout
the West Wing, and one picture of Mr Obama remains after three years.
In the photo, Mr Obama is seen bowing down to a five-year-old boy, who stands straight beside the Oval Office desk, with his arm raised to touch the President’s hair – to see if it feels like his.
Kissing campaign: Babies have been a staple of political campaigning for decades. Here, the then Senator Barack Obama kisses a baby as he greets supporters
Holding America's future: Mr Obama has spent much of his presidency campaigning for the righting of childhood education, as much as he has stopping to hug them in crowds
High hopes: The President holds a baby while greeting guests during an Independence Day at the White House earlier this year
He may be the President of the United
States, but Barack Obama is also a father, and a devoted family man; and
he doesn't want Americans to forget it.
Committed to providing every child access to a complete and competitive education, from cradle through career, he wrote a letter to his daughters, Malia and Sasha, after he was sworn in as the 44th President, exactly what he wants for America's children.
'I want all our children to go to schools
worthy of their potential – schools that challenge them, inspire them,
and instill in them a sense of wonder about the world around them', he wrote.
Big hug: President Obama embraces a baby in the crowd after giving a policy speech about jobs and managing student debt in Denver, Colorado
Funny faces: Mr Obama holds a baby while greeting guests during an Independence Day celebration on the South Lawn of the White House earlier this year
Presidential hopeful: Then Senator Barack Obama holds up a baby as he greets supporters during a town hall meeting in 2008
want them to have the chance to go to college – even if their parents
aren't rich. And I want them to get good jobs: jobs that pay well and
give them benefits like health care, jobs that let them spend time with
their own kids and retire with dignity.
'I want every child to have the same chances to learn and dream and grow and thrive that you girls have. In the end, girls, that's why I ran for President.'
President Barack Obama plays with Katia Wolfsthal, daughter of departing staffer Jon Wolfsthal, Special Advisor to the Vice President for Nonproliferation, in the Oval Office
President Barack Obama plays with Sarah Froman, daughter of Nancy Goodman and Mike Froman, Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics, in the Oval Office
President Barack Obama blows a kiss to Oren Baer, son of Ken Baer, the departing Associate Director for Communications and Strategic Planning
Mr Obama's most powerful and controversial immigration initiative, providing a mechanism by which nearly 1.7million young illegal immigrants could be eligible for a two-year reprieve from deportation, also came into effect today.
The reform targets a particular portion of the undocumented immigrant population, including those younger than 31; who have not been convicted of a serious crime; are in school, or have a high school diploma.