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Obama: a picture perfect President?

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Eamonn Walsh | 17:29 UK time, Thursday, 8 January 2009

Seems like the Barack Obama legacy campaign has begun early with news today that the Smithsonian Institution museum has purchased an iconic portrait of the US President-elect.

Time magazine actually used the image on its recent front cover when naming him its prestigious 'Person of the Year' for 2008.

No surprise in Time's decision I suppose given the very obvious impact the man has made - in fact a real no-brainer.

That image acts as a lead into a Time gallery of just some of the 100,000 or so images of Obama that have been posted on the image sharing website Flickr. Team Obama's skilful use of the web - and Facebook in particular - was also something the Panorama web team looked at last year.

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As for the Panorama programme, two films have been made on the man himself - Obama and the Pitbull as the race for the Presidency reached its climax and Is America Ready For A Black President? which looked at the problems Obama would have to overcome to even receive the Democratic Party's nomination, let alone win the Presidency. Overcome of course, he did.

With President-elect Obama's inauguration less than two weeks away, we're about to return to him again and what he might be able to deliver in the testing times ahead.


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