In some prior election year, the behind-the-scenes footage of a president-elect's first moments might have been captured by a photographer for, say, Life, or at least distributed through a glossy magazine like that. It must have been some small comfort to Barack Obama to be able to rely instead on a longtime photographer of his own, David Katz, at such an intimate moment, and at such a tender one, a day after the death of his grandmother. As for distribution? Photography's bridge to the 21st century, Flickr. The campaign's remarkable set of 82 behind-the-scenes pictures includes the one above, of Obama watching McCain concede, and our other favorites, after the jump.

(via Daring Fireball)

Uncle Joe came to visit!

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Obama with campaign manager David Plouffe:

Headed to his speech:

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Before the speech. Could they look any more proud of their father?

After the speech:

All photos by David Katz, Obama Campaign — click to view full album (you may well end up crying, like a baby, again)