Notice the last quarter moon in the above photo.
However, according to the U. S. Naval Observatory, on August 25, 2012, we had a first quarter moon,
Phase of the Moon on 25 August: waxing gibbous with 62% of the Moon’s visible disk illuminated.
First quarter Moon on 24 August 2012 at 9:54 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Which looks like this,
Perhaps the photo of Obama looking at the last quarter moon is a metaphor for his administration.