While political pundits discussed President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address and speculated about who would run for president in 2016, much of the Internet was preoccupied with photobombs from former President Bill Clinton, Sen. Charles Schumer and Malia Obama.

Former “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson was singing a rendition of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” when Clinton struck, popping his head out from behind while wearing a goofy facial expression. Social media instantly lit up with screenshots of the image and jokes attached with it.


The 42nd president obviously didn’t mean to inject himself into the background – watching the video of Clarkson’s performance shows that Clinton poked his head out before she started singing – but the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive.

For those unfamiliar with the new trend, Urban Dictionary defines photobombing as “anytime the background of a picture hijacks the original focus” and “an otherwise normal photo that has been ruined or spoiled by someone who was not supposed to be in the photograph.”

Clinton’s photobomb was the first to dominate social media but not the last image to gain traction online. Huffington Post social media editor Kerstin Shamberg tweeted a screenshot of Malia Obama looking at her sister mouth agape as the president and first lady snuck a kiss while seated next to them.


Schumer was then caught sporting a devilish grin as Obama was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts, while House Speaker John Boehner seemed to be on the verge of tears -- again.

Schumer Photobomb 1 Sen. Chuck Schumer smirks as President Obama is sworn in. Photo: Reuters