The Obama Awarding Obama meme originates from 22nd November 2016 The Presidential Medals of Freedom ceremony in which the 44th U.S. President Barack Obama presents 21 individuals the highest civilian honor. The Obama awarding himself meme is a photoshop image of the president awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen. The image is obtained from one of the ceremonial images clicked by Chip Somodevilla, a Getty Images Photographer based in Washington, DC. The first-ever meme was posted in a blog titled “Obama Awards Himself ‘Greatest President Ever’ Medal during Farewell” by a satirical magazine Barbed Wire. Since then various versions of the meme has been circulated on social media platforms like Reddit and Twitter. The popular use of Obama Awarding Obama meme is to mock something/someone which is trying to show praise or approval for ownself.