A picture of former President Barack Obama holding a baby has gone viral, with some social media users questioning why Obama isn’t wearing his wedding ring.
The photo was shared on July 3. It shows Mrt. Obama holding Alaska mother Jolene Jackinsky’s 6-month-old baby, Giselle, NBC News reported. The mother spotted the former president at Anchorage International Airport.
“As I got closer, I thought: Oh my God, it is Obama,” Jackinsky told NBC News.
“Who is this pretty girl?” Obama reportedly asked the family.
Jackinsky took photos of Mr. Obama holding her baby girl, and shared the pictures on Facebook.
“I think it’s unreal and pretty exciting that I get to have a picture with him and my baby,” Jackinsky continued. “Not a lot of people get to meet him.”
Giselle’s father then approached and Mr. Obama joked, “I’m taking your baby,” Jackinsky said.
“It was only five minutes but it was a moment that will last forever,” the mother said.
The photo quickly went viral. While many social media users liked the photo of Mr. Obama holding the baby girl securely in his arms, others couldn’t help but notice that the former president was not wearing his wedding ring, The Inquisitr reported.
This isn’t the first time he has been seen without his wedding ring. He’s been previously photographed not wearing his wedding band while taking a break during a golf outing at Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, on May 26, and once more while speaking in Baden-Baden, Germany, on May 25.
According to The Inquisitr, the former president has been photographed wearing his wedding ring from time to time.
But Glamour has previously made the argument that Mr. Obama does not wear his wedding ring to keep his most precious valuables safe. While observing a video shared by The Washington Post of Obama discreetly slipping off his wedding band and placing into his pocket as he approached a small crowd to shake hands, the media outlet came to the conclusion that he did so to keep the ring safe from any potential thieves or snatchers.
But Mr. Obama isn’t the only world leader who has been photographed without his wedding ring. President Donald Trump has also been seen without his wedding band, as well as first lady Melania Trump’s father, Viktor Knavs.
By contrast, both former first lady Michelle Obama and the current first lady have often been photographed wearing their wedding rings.