Best Barack Obama memes
Best Barack Obama memes. Image credit: WallDevil.

Barack Obama’s days as the President of the United States are almost over with either Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump to take over on January 20, 2017, after the 2016 presidential election on November 8.

After a tight primary campaign against Hillary Clinton, he became the nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2008 presidential election. Shortly after his inauguration as president on January 20, 2009, Obama received the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

In response to the Great Recession, he enacted the The Recovery Act in 2009 and the Tax Relief Act in 2010. Perhaps his most important domestic initiative was Obamacare, which intended to expand insurance coverage and reduce the costs of healthcare.

Not bad Obama Meme origin.
Not bad Obama Meme origin. Image credit: Reuters.

Regarding foreign policy, Obama ended US military involvement in the Iraq War, ordered the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden, and most recently normalized US relations with Cuba.

Regarded as one of the most charismatic presidents in US history, Obama’s charm has translated into an infinite number of funny Internet memes. Here are the best Obama memes currently on the web.

Obama Rage Face / Not Bad is perhaps Obama’s most famous meme

In 2011, President Barack Obama, along with First Lady Michelle Obama, visited the Queen of England at the Buckingham Palace. During their first state visit to the United Kingdom, a Reuters photojournalist took a photograph of the presidential couple looking surprised.

Named “Picture of the Day” by The Telegraph, the still quickly became an Internet meme. Redditor joeyjoejoe99 posted a rage comic called “Not Bad Obama” that went viral. People use the image as a positive response to something that has surpassed their expectation.

Meanwhile, the Upvoting Obama meme seems like a direct sequel to Not Bad Obama. In the image, Obama is holding a beer and giving a thumbs up with his other hand at the same time. 

upvote Obama Meme.
upvote Obama Meme. Image credit: KnowYourMeme.

Once again the work of a Reuters photographer, the original photograph feature Barack Obama at the Irish pub Dubliner in Washington D.C. in 2012. He was celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with distant Irish cousin and friend Henry Healy.

The next day, an image macro about Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies starring Obama’s thumbs-up photo appeared on the Advice Animals subreddit. The post received 6679 upvotes and 1139 points overall.

The Wizard Obama meme

Barack Obama Wizard Meme origin.
Barack Obama giving a speech as part of the re-election campaign. Image credit: Associated Press.

Another highly popular Obama meme is the image macro series Wizard Obama. In 2012, President Barack Obama was giving a speech at Bayliss Park in Council Bluffs, Iowa, as part of his re-election campaign.

Obama was making a hand gesture in front of a bright stage light when Associated Press photographer Carolyn Kaster captured the moment. In the resulting picture, Obama appears to be holding a crystal ball or conjuring an orb of energy.

The following day, New York Magazine writer Dan Amira made a humorous comparison of Kaster’s image to wizardry in his article titled “President Obama is a Wizard.” His comparison of the perfectly timed photograph inspired the subsequent meme.

Obama Wizard Meme. Image credit: KownYourMeme.
Obama Wizard Meme. Image credit: KownYourMeme.

An entry for “Wizard Obama” then appeared on the image macro generator site MemeGenerator. The page spawned nearly 150 captions portraying President Obama as having magical powers or wizardry skills.

The captions also make references to fantasy fiction franchises like Harry Potter, Street Fighter, Dragon Ball, and The Lord of the Rings.

Source: Know Your Meme

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