Behind the lens: Remembering the ’08 game faces of Clinton, Obama

July 6, 2012 | By Mario Tama | News, Photography, Photojournalism

This image was taken during the 2008 campaign, at the first joint rally by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton after Clinton ceded the Democratic nomination following a drawn out battle between the two stalwarts. The event was held in the symbolic town of Unity, New Hampshire.

The two had what appeared to be a rather icy discussion at the front of the campaign plane on the way to event; however, true to form, they put on their game faces as they approached the stage where I made this frame. 

 

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Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and former rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) wave to the crowd June 27, 2008 in Unity, New Hampshire. Obama and Clinton appeared together in a show of unity for Obama's presidential campaign. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Editors note: Mario Tama joined Getty Images as a staff photographer in 2001 and has since covered global events including September 11, the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, the earthquake in Haiti and Hurricane Katrina — before, during and after the storm. In 2008 he was nominated for an Emmy for his documentary work on Coney Island and won Cliff Edom’s New America Award for his work in New Orleans. His book, “Coming Back: New Orleans Resurgent” was published by Umbrage Editions in 2010. He studied photography at Rochester Institute of Technology and freelanced in Washington, DC for the Washington Post, New York Times and Agence France-Presse before joining Getty Images. He is based in New York City.

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