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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza // Click to embiggen


Yes, the image that spawned a world-conquering meme is getting new life thanks to a White House visit by the gold-winning U.S. women's gymnastic team. It's a fantastic, fun photo and one that now will surely spawn a new meme: "Obama is not impressed."

If you can come up with some great Obama-inspired "not impressed" images, let us know. Maybe we'll run one in this space.

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Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME / Original image by Alexander Gardner / Library of Congress

Abraham Lincoln is enjoying a renaissance these days. While he was often cited as an inspiration for President Barack Obama during his first campaign, specifically Doris Kearns Goodwin's book Team of Rivals, he's now getting even more interest as that book has been adapted into a movie. Starring Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis, the Steven Spielberg-directed Lincoln opens nationwide next week. So it goes to follow there are a lot of think pieces out there on the former president, including one in TIME. But there's something else fascinating going on with TIME's piece: specifically, Abe Lincoln in full color.

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Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway / Original image from the Library of Congress

The magazine commissioned Sanna Dullaway to work some digital magic on photos of Lincoln for their feature, giving them vibrant color as if they were taken yesterday and not 150 years ago. Dullaway's done this before and TIME gave us a peek behind the process.

In each of these renderings, Dullaway's use of color is subtle and sophisticated--yielding images that maintain the photographic integrity of their originals, while presenting a look at how these photographs may have come out had color photography existed at the time. That nuanced ability to handle color runs in the family; Dullaway's father is painter.

The images take anywhere from 40 minutes to three hours to produce, and for the young artist, it's a way of bringing a contemporary perspective to older works. "History has always been black and white to me, from the World War I soldiers to the 1800s, when ladies wore grand but colorless dresses," Dullaway says. "By colorizing, I watch the photos come alive, and suddenly the people feel more real and history becomes more tangible."


This kind of approach isn't new, though, as another project by Bryan Eaton whose Color of Lincoln project has done similar colorizing of Lincoln photos over the last several years.

With the third and final debate in the rearview mirror, here are some memorable moments from Boca Raton, Florida, the site of the final presidential showdown.

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US President Barack Obama (R) greets Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (L) following the third and final presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, October 22, 2012. The showdown focusing on foreign policy is being held in the crucial toss-up state of Florida just 15 days before the election and promises to be among the most watched 90 minutes of the entire 2012 campaign.
AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

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President Obama chats with patrons at Bob Roe's Point After sports bar in Sioux City, Iowa, during a stop for pizza while on the campaign trail Saturday. Getty Images

While stumping in Iowa, President Obama took a few minutes to duck into Bob Roe's Point After, Sioux City sports bar, to grab a pizza and chat.

The Sioux City Journal reports that the president's motorcade decamped for about 45 minutes as the Iowa-Northern Illinois game was underway. According to the report, Obama got some attention, but the hardcore Hawkeye fans had trouble peeling their attention away from the game:

Many televisions were carrying college football games, with most tuned to the Iowa Hawkeye contest with Northern Illinois. The president moved from table to table, posing for photos, but many people kept taking in their favorite game.

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A few seconds later, a man yelled, "Oh, come on!" On a screen, a play unfolded in which Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois scored on a 73-yard play. Obama finally looked up at the screen to see him complete the final 10 yards of the play, and NIU moved ahead 17-9.

As a replay aired, the president said, "Sorry about that play. I don't want to be associated with that play."

Obama probably hopes the election turns out like the game. The favored Hawkeyes - think incumbents if you will - were forced to pull a last-minute comeback over the upstart Huskies in Iowa's 18-17 win at Soldier Field on Saturday.

Obama was on a tour of battleground states on his way to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., which kicks off this week.

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In this photo provided by NASA, Tropical Storm Isaac travels through the Gulf of Mexico on an apparent course for New Orleans.

To hear Republicans talking and media coverage summaries, it may have been better had Tropical Storm Isaac slammed into Tampa instead of taking aim - and strengthening into a likely hurricane - for New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

Politico has put together a quote roundup of GOP supporters worried about those to be affected by the storm, but also concerned that the Republican National Convention will have pictures of partying going out to the world while President Obama visits those in Isaac's path.

Republican strategist Steve Schmidt summed up the "optics" concern in the Sunday New York Times:

"Images of revelry by Republicans at a time of suffering by other Americans -- no party wants those optics."

As it is, Isaac is forecast to hit near New Orleans on or near the 7th anniversary of the brutal landfall of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Katrina was a much stronger Category 5 storm with winds over 157 miles per hour. Isaac is expected to have top winds of around 90 mph when it hits land.



Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got in the groove while on a diplomatic mission to South Africa on Tuesday. Lynn Sweet has the details on Clinton's festive visit.