On Monday, President Obama took the public oath of office and delivered his second inaugural address. After the ceremony concluded, the President, his family and the rest of the dignitaries gathered on the inaugural platform at the steps of the U.S. Capital began leaving. While many appeared to be somewhat hurriedly leaving the stage, Obama paused for a moment, turned around and began gazing out upon the estimated
800,000 spectators gathered on the National Mall. He could be heard saying
“I want to take a look, one more time. I’m not going to see this again."
The moment seems to have resonated with many. Images of the President stopping as others continue to pass by has begun to go viral. This pictures has started to circulate on Facebook
, receiving 337 like and 751 shares in just 6 hours.
picture has received more than 116,000 views and 2,803 likes in 11 hours.
Some are saying the moment showed the President was not some robotic politician, but a human being that can get caught up in the moment like anyone else. Others are saying it is nice to see a "softer side" of the President. Carol Mueller commented
: "What a wonderful, down to earth person!" Sue Miller Hartlaub said
: "I thought this was a priceless moment in history today." While everyone will have their own opinion on the moment, what is clear is that the image is quickly spreading across the internet.