I’m learning that Barack Obama and I have a lot more in common than I thought: we both have great hair, and we both have adorable marriages.
This is such a great moment, and it’s three years old! Jacob, the little boy, is the son of a former White House staffer, and as Jacob’s family was leaving the Oval Office he had a question:
“I want to know if my hair is just like yours,” he told Mr. Obama, so quietly that the president asked him to speak again.
Jacob did, and Mr. Obama replied, “Why don’t you touch it and see for yourself?” He lowered his head, level with Jacob, who hesitated.
“Touch it, dude!” Mr. Obama said.
As Jacob patted the presidential crown, Mr. Souza snapped.
“So, what do you think?” Mr. Obama asked.
“Yes, it does feel the same,” Jacob said.
From what I’ve heard, it’s a common experience of black kids to be asked by white kids if they can touch the black kids’ hair, which is kind of weird. That’s part of what gives this moment significance. Hair can be a symbol of difference or sameness, and Jacob’s hair is the same as the president’s. Full story here.
I love everything about this picture. Their shoes are off. They’re lying back. They look utterly content. I wish Z and I had a photo like this. We have never had a more adorable presidential couple. Did you know Barack tucks Michelle into bed every night? They are such a great couple. They warm my heart. More cute pictures of them here.