President Obama Gets Portrait Taken on Oct. 3, During Government Shutdown

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
October 4, 2013 Updated: October 4, 2013

President Barack Obama got a portrait done on Oct. 3, during the government shutdown.

Obama sat down with photographer Tony Powell for the portrait. 

“So grateful for the opportunity to photograph Barack Obama one on one tomorrow!!” said Powell via Facebook on Oct. 2.

Today, Oct. 4, Powell posted a portrait of Obama around 11:15 a.m.

People commenting on his page were pleased with the photo, and wondering what took place during the shoot. 

“Awesome Tony – Great photo… Nicely done!” said Faith Baranowski.

“Did you talk with him while you took photos? I like the angle! Lots of power in it. Lovely,” said Deejay Polywog.

Some weren’t so pleased.

“Ew,” said Sarah Pallante.

Powell previously took portraits of the president and First Lady Michelle Obama in April 2013.

Obama on Friday made the news by walking to lunch with Vice President Joe Biden. 

The president used the opportunity to once again make a case for the Republican-controlled House to pass a short-term spending measure that would reopen the government without strings attached.

“This shutdown could be over today,” he said. “We know there are votes for it in the House.”

Obama reacted to a news report that quoted an anonymous senior administration official as saying that the White House was “winning” in the clash over the shutdown, and that the length of the shutdown “doesn’t really matter to us.”

“There’s no winning when families don’t have certainty about when they are going to get paid next,” he said in response to a reporter’s question.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.