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Upvoting Obama is an advice animal image macro series featuring President Barack Obama with a beer giving a thumbs up while making a frown sturgeon face, which bears resemblance to one he wears in the Not Bad rage face. The images are primarily used on Reddit to express one’s approval of a post.
The original photograph of Barack Obama was taken by a Reuters photographer on March 17th, 2012 at the Irish pub Dubliner in Washington D.C. The President had gone there to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Henry Healy, Obama’s distant cousin from Ireland and his friend.
The photograph was syndicated through news outlets like International Business Times and Irish newspaper the Independent and posted on political discussion forums including Democratic Underground. The next day, an image macro about Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies featuring Obama’s thumbs-up photo was posted to the Advice Animals subreddit, receiving 6679 upvotes and 1139 points overall.
As of May 2012, there are more than 100 instances of Upvoting Obama on Reddit and just short of 1000 submissions on Quickmeme. A similar page with more than 100 examples can be found on the image macro generator site ZipMeme, where it has spawned dozens of instances featuring non-English captions. While Upvoting Obama images have been generally well-received within the Reddit community, its usage elsewhere has been sparse as of May 2012, in part due to its specific reference to Reddit’s “upvote” function.
International Business Times – St Patrick’s Day: Obama Marks The Day With Beer At Local Irish Pub