This piece has a lot of different names. When Obama started coming to the Vineyard in 2009 I created it in I created it in a white cement over foam and a steel rebar armature. Everyone called it the "Obama Sculpture" because they could see that it was the Obama family with their dog Bo.
But to me this sculpture was my family back when Chris and Jenny were still young. It was originally made in 1998 for Bill Clinton's visit to the Island in painted flat stock steel. It was inspired by the way families would wait by the roadside to see the Clinton entourage pass by in their fleet of black SUVs with motorcycle cops leading the way. In 1998 Chris and Jenny were 29 and way to big to stand on my shoulders, but I could imagine it. Because of Viet Nam I have had a problem with waving the American flag, but I decided it was time the "good side" took back the flag. And in 2009 I was feeling proud of America for electing a black man as President.