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IMPORTANT PSA: this is Joe Biden’s favorite meme

“When former Vice President Joe Biden first learned of the viral memes featuring him and Barack Obama, he “sat there for an hour and laughed,” his daughter Ashley Biden tells Moneyish. She would know – she’s the one who broke the news to her dad. His favorite one? An image of him and Obama hugging, above a caption celebrating their eight years of partnership.” (Source: Moneyish)

Pictures from the Obama Presidency

I love this picture of restaurant owner Scott Van Duzer giving Obama a bear hug in Florida. While not technically brilliant or beautiful, the photo shows a genuine moment of exuberance, and the look of shock on the face of the man on the far right is fantastic

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Obama fist-bumps custodian Lawrence Lipscomb in the White House. Captured by official photographer Pete Souza, this was a moment of courtesy and camaraderie - informal and unscripted, trademarks of his presidency

Photograph: Pete Souza/The White House

Obama talks with his daughter Malia on the swing set outside the Oval Office. Obama has always found time for his family despite the demands on his time, and this is a real ‘dad moment’, symbolising the importance of their relationship

Photograph: Pete Souza/The White House

After meeting with Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney, Obama mimics her ‘not impressed’ look. His jokey nature and willingness to make a fool of himself has been a large part of his appeal

Photograph: Pete Souza/The White House

Liberalism is the dominant ideology of the capitalist system, encompassing ideas like classical liberalism, social liberalism, and neoliberalism. Modern conservatism melds old school concern for tradition with classical liberal and neoliberal economics (so in many ways conservatives are still liberal), and modern “Democrat Party style liberals” fall into social liberalism. It’s confusing because there’s a lot of overlap, but what’s important to realize is that everyone acquires varying levels of liberal ideology by default through living in capitalist society, regardless of whether or not they’re Democrats or Republicans, Tory or Labor, etc.

By dominant ideology, here’s a few examples of what that might mean in real-world context:
-Liberal representative democratic capitalism is seen as the “end of history”, an unspoken dogma that social organization cannot advance beyond what we find ourselves in right now
-A vague notion that “all views” ought to be accepted at the “marketplace of ideas”, with zero concern for power dynamics (which merely reinforces the imbalanced status quo)
-A belief that the system can be worked with and reformed to eventual perfection, even if there’s disagreement on what those reforms entail
-A reverence for the concept of private property and a belief that hierarchical market transactions are economic freedom in its purest form, even if they believe that that “economic freedom” needs to be curbed a bit for the betterment of society (as social liberals argue)
-Believes in some degree of horseshoe theory, where politics is seen as a “circle” (militant ideologies are all seen as inherently the same thing) rather than as historical struggle over the modes of production and the accompanying ideologies
-Will ultimately admit that the economy’s #1 priority is to meet the needs of capital when the chips are down (indeed, that is capitalism’s primary function).

With regard to the above examples, it doesn’t generally matter what a person labels themself – if they subscribe to a mainstream political position, they very likely believe in most of the above. When politicians accept “bipartisan” actions; when crisis afflicts the capitalist system and people need to “come together” to find solutions; when Michelle Obama hugs George W Bush and they act like best pals; when Democrats peacefully hand power over to Donald Trump after months of labeling him dangerous and on-par with proto-fascism – that’s when the idealistic bubble of political liberalism tears and you’re able to see the unified interests of the ruling classes, realized in the maintenance of capitalist society.

Obama's Post-White House Photo Album Suggests He's Already Gotten The Best Birthday Present of All: Freedom

Photos: Barack and Michelle Obama’s Life After the White House

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JUNE 30

Barack Obama and his family are in the middle of an adventure-filled, nine-day vacation to Indonesia, where the former president lived for several years as a child. Their latest stop is Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java, where the former president and his family were invited to stay by Indonesian President Joko Widodo. In this photo, President Widodo is seen taking Obama on a golf-cart tour of the palace’s grounds.

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The two men also explored the 200-acre palace on foot.

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As president, Obama met with Widodo several times, forging an international friendship.

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Obama moved to Indonesia in 1967 at age six after his divorced mother remarried an Indonesian man. He returned to his native Hawaii when he was 10 to live with his grandparents.

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Obama also met with Widodo’s wife, Iriana, at the palace. She is the former governor of Jakarta, where Obama grew up.

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JUNE 29

One day earlier, the former president and daughters Sasha and Malia visited Prambanan Temple in Central Java, where they were given a tour by a team of archaeologists. Obama is pictured here bowing in greeting to a staff member outside the temple.

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The former president and his daughters also took a walk through Becici Pine Forest in the ancient city of Yogyakarta, on Java Island.

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama walks during his visit to Prambanan Temple in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, June 29, 2017. Obama and his family are currently on vacation in the country where he lived for several years as a child. (AP Photo)

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JUNE 28

The Obamas stayed in Yogyakarta, where the former president’s mother, Ann Dunham, spent years doing anthropological research.

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The Obamas flew into Yogyakarta on a private jet before driving to their luxury hotel in the historic city’s downtown area. After settling in, they visited the ninth-century Borobudur Temple in Magelang, where they snapped photos and the former president waved to locals. Borobudur Temple, one of the largest Buddhist temples in the world, overlooks the green hills of Java and the active volcano Gunung Merapi.

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JUNE 27

One day earlier, the Obamas visited Tirta Empul temple in Bali, where former First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia all wore matching yellow sarongs.

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A popular tourist attraction, Tirta Empul is one of the island’s ancient water temples, and is dedicated to Vishnu, the Hindu god of water.

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While his family (and his Secret Service detail!) sported local garb during the outing, Obama wore a simple, short-sleeved white polo shirt with jeans.

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Obama shook hands with locals as he made his way inside the temple.

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JUNE 26

Earlier in the trip, the Obamas went rafting on the Ayung River in Bali.

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The family was invited to vacation in Indonesia by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who also asked the Obamas to visit the presidential Bogor Palace in West Java during their trip.

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epa06050815 Former US president Barack Obama © and his family raft at the Ayung River during a family holiday in Bali, Indonesia, 26 June 2017. Obama is in Bali as part of his ten-day family holiday in Indonesia. EPA/MADE NAGI EPA INDONESIA OBAMA

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Sasha Obama (right, front) catches the eye of the photographer.

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JUNE 19

Michelle Obama took to Instagram to share photos from a recent bootcamp weekend that she hosted for her “crew” at a friend’s house outside Washington, D.C. The bootcamps are a tradition carried over from the former first lady’s White House years. “Our bootcamp weekends were a reminder that if we want to keep taking care of others, we need to take care of ourselves first,” Obama said.

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MAY 26

Barack Obama was all smiles as he played a round of golf at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland.

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MAY 22

Michelle and Barack Obama took a stroll in Siena, Tuscany during their six-day vacation to Italy. The couple were greeted by crowds of cheering fans as they left the Duomo di Siena. And the former first lady turned heads in an of-the-moment, off-the-shoulder top.

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MAY 12

Michelle Obama gave remarks at the Partnership for a Healthier America Summit in Washington, D.C., where she spoke out against the Trump administration’s decision to scale back school meal nutritional requirements. "Every elected official on this planet should understand,” Obama said. “Don’t play with our children. Don’t do it.”

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May 8

Barack Obama looked relaxed and casual in sunglasses and a white button-down shirt without a tie during his two-day trip to Milan in May. Obama mixed business and pleasure on the trip, meeting with former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and discussing climate change at a conference, while also squeezing in some sightseeing.

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MAY 7

Before heading to the Profile in Courage Awards ceremony in Boston, the Obamas attended a reception with members of the Kennedy family, including John F. Kennedy’s grandson, Jack Schlossberg, who later presented the former president with the annual award.

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May 7

At the same event, Obama showed off his golf swing — sans golf course — backstage in the green room.

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Michelle and Barack Obama shared a smile at the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s dinner gala, where the former president was honored with the annual Profile in Courage Award.

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On stage with Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama accepted the Profile in Courage Award for “his enduring commitment to democratic ideals and elevating the standard of political courage in a new century.”

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After accepting the award, Barack Obama appeared to give his wife an approving once-over on stage.

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MAY 5

Michelle Obama spoke during MTV’s 2017 College Signing Day, promising to continue her efforts to promote higher education. “I might not live in the White House anymore, but Barack and I are going to keep on celebrating you all,” she told students as she took the stage, “and supporting you and lifting you up no matter what house we live in.”

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May 5

College Signing Day was always cause for celebration in the Obama White House, a tradition they’ve continued while out of office. During the event, held at the Public Theater in New York City, Obama gave hugs to college-bound students in the STEP dance group. The all-girls dance squad from Baltimore will be featured in an upcoming documentary, Step.

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After the hugs were given out, Mrs. Obama joined some soon-to-be-graduates in a mid-jump photo opp.

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MAY 3

Barack Obama and his former chief of staff and current mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, visited the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago — where both men married their wives.

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MARCH 20

Michelle Obama celebrated the first day of spring by going for a walk with dogs Sunny and Bo. “Look who has a spring in their step,“ she said in an Instagram photo of the outing. "Celebrate the #FirstDayofSpring by grabbing a friend, heading outside, and getting moving.”

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MARCH 15

Barack Obama enjoyed an afternoon round of golf at a local country club in Oahu, Hawaii. Mid Pacific Country Club General Manager Jim Swieter told PEOPLE at the time that Obama seemed more relaxed in his post-presidency. “He was much more approachable and accessible to members and guests around the club,” Swieter said.

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MARCH 8

Michelle Obama marked International Women’s Day with a surprise visit to 12 female students at Cardozo Education Campus, a combined middle and high school in Washington, D.C.

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March 8

After a round of hugs, Obama and the young students sat down to talk about education and their goals for the future.

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MARCH 5

The American people are here for Barack Obama’s post-presidency style, especially this sleek leather jacket he wore on a visit with wife Michelle to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

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March 5

Barack Obama’s chief of staff Anita Decker Breckenridge told PEOPLE in May: “He’s had that jacket for quite some time … I just don’t think he’s had the opportunity to wear it. When does the president ever get to go out in his leather jacket? It’s not something we see.”

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FEBRUARY 27

At Ballou STAY (School to Aid Youth) in Washington, D.C., Michelle Obama spent two and a half hours talking with adult students working to finish their high school degrees.

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Later during the school visit, Michelle Obama offered a hug to a student who was very happy to see her.

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FEBRUARY 14

Michelle Obama took to Twitter on Valentine’s Day to send her husband a sweet message. “Happy Valentine’s Day to the love of my life and favorite island mate, @BarackObama. #valentines,” she captioned a picture of two pairs of feet (presumably belonging to the Obamas) on a sandy beach. The photo may very well have been snapped during their recent 10-day vacation to the British Virgin Islands.

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JANUARY 29

After a quick post-presidency getaway to Palm Springs with daughters Sasha and Malia, Barack and Michelle Obama set off for a 10-day vacation to the British Virgin Islands. They stayed at Richard Branson’s luxurious Necker Island retreat, where Obama tried his hand at kitesurfing.

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Princess Diana shakes hands with an AIDS patient without gloves. This was a profound gesture at the time and dispelled myths and worry about the chronic illness.
England, 1991

President Obama hugs an Ebola survivor. This was a profound gesture at the time and dispelled myths and worry about the illness.
USA, 2014 

President Obama hugged his half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, at her December 2003 wedding to Konrad Ng, third from right, in Hawaii. From left, his daughters, Sasha and Malia; his grandmother Madelyne Dunham, seated; Konrad’s parents, Joan and Howard Ng, and brother Perry Ng; and Michelle Obama. - NYT

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“When something like this happens, a young girl shouldn’t have to go to Washington to be heard. I thought her President should come to Flint to meet with her.” —President Obama on 8-year-old Mari Copeny. Mari, AKA “Little Miss Flint”, wrote to the President about how she’s working to bring attention to the public health crisis in her community, and yesterday she met the President in Michigan.