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Mon Oct 8, 2012, 11:48 AM

Portrait of a Presidency: 115 Of White House Photographer Pete Souza's Best Shots



Through adversity and triumph, public victories and private setbacks, Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza and his team of photographers have relentlessly documented the actions of the President, First Lady and Vice President since entering office in early 2009.

As the President bids for a second term, LightBox asked Souza to reflect on his time photographing President Obama and share an edit of his favorite images that he and his staff made during the President’s first term in office; the photographs not only offer fascinatingly candid insight into the life of the President, but also paint a portrait of Barack Obama the man, husband and father.


photos: http://lightbox.time.com/2012/10/08/pete-souza-portrait-of-a-presidency/#12

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Reply Portrait of a Presidency: 115 Of White House Photographer Pete Souza's Best Shots (Original post)
bigtree Oct 2012 OP
fleur-de-lisa Oct 2012 #1
EasyGirl Oct 2012 #2
littlemissmartypants Oct 2012 #15
EasyGirl Oct 2012 #35
VespertineIconoclast Oct 2012 #3
Historic NY Oct 2012 #4
lamp_shade Oct 2012 #5
bamacrat Oct 2012 #6
Tennessee Gal Oct 2012 #7
jillan Oct 2012 #8
mfcorey1 Oct 2012 #9
AtomicKitten Oct 2012 #10
GoCubsGo Oct 2012 #11
progressoid Oct 2012 #13
Ninga Oct 2012 #12
Auntie Bush Oct 2012 #14
geardaddy Oct 2012 #16
sarge43 Oct 2012 #33
geardaddy Oct 2012 #17
Rose Siding Oct 2012 #18
Indykatie Oct 2012 #19
PatSeg Oct 2012 #20
xxqqqzme Oct 2012 #21
reformist2 Oct 2012 #22
reformist2 Oct 2012 #24
renate Oct 2012 #42
sarge43 Oct 2012 #23
ErikJ Oct 2012 #25
UrbScotty Oct 2012 #29
ErikJ Oct 2012 #40
renate Oct 2012 #41
LittleGirl Oct 2012 #26
OldHippieChick Oct 2012 #27
Auggie Oct 2012 #28
whathehell Oct 2012 #30
JNelson6563 Oct 2012 #31
lillypaddle Oct 2012 #32
MiniMe Oct 2012 #34
MiniMe Oct 2012 #36
irisblue Oct 2012 #44
sarge43 Oct 2012 #50
Whisp Oct 2012 #37
rsweets Oct 2012 #38
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bigtree Oct 2012 #39
MadrasT Oct 2012 #43
Botany Oct 2012 #45
skeewee08 Oct 2012 #46
CALANN Oct 2012 #47
blaze Oct 2012 #48
burrowowl Oct 2012 #49

Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 11:59 AM

1. Photos are amazing . . .

especially the ones with his daughters. I have to admit, though, that in every photo of POTUS with boehner or cantor, I wanted him to kick them in the balls!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 12:02 PM

2. He is SOOOO HOT !!!!!

 

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Response to EasyGirl (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 01:28 PM

15. Welcome to the DU!

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #15)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 04:40 PM

35. Why thank you Ms. Smartypants...glad to be here.

 

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 12:11 PM

3. Thanks for the link.

All of the photos are beautifully shot.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 12:21 PM

4. Wow some great stuff....I am struck with how much he has aged working for us.(US)

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 12:21 PM

5. Thanks. I looked at every single of them. Really Great Stuff.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 12:36 PM

6. So amazing that this is our president.

Aside from anything political or partisan, what a great man and awesome family. I feel like one of us is the prez. We need another 4 years of this badass.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 12:54 PM

7. Stunning!

I am speechless......

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 12:55 PM

8. Love these! Thank you sooo much for posting bt!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 12:56 PM

9. Can you imagine Mitt multitasking like this? Neither can I. nt

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 12:58 PM

10. Amazing photos.

thanks for posting

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 01:03 PM

11. For a guy who supposedly doesn't talk to republicans...

...there are sure an awful lot of photos of him talking, and trying to work with republcians.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #11)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 01:16 PM

13. I noticed that too. I wonder how cordial the meetings were.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 01:11 PM

12. Onward and Forward to my address book!!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 01:17 PM

14. I was busy but couldn't stop watching all those great photos. Thanks for sharing.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 01:47 PM

16. I love this one.

?w=735

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #16)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 03:56 PM

33. Indeed. Three American greats. n/t

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 01:57 PM

17. That is a fantastic collection.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 01:59 PM

18. "He doesn’t do anything that presidents do"

per gingrich just days ago:

“Obama really is like the substitute referees in the sense that he’s not a real president,” Gingrich told Greta Van Susteren on Fox News Tuesday night. “He doesn’t do anything that presidents do, he doesn’t worry about any of the things the presidents do, but he has the White House, he has enormous power, and he’ll go down in history as the president, and I suspect that he’s pretty contemptuous of the rest of us.”



http://thehill.com/video/campaign/258689-gingrich-obama-not-a-real-president


President Obama's critics really are SUCH fools.

Souza's work is amazing. Just beautiful.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 01:59 PM

19. Thanks for Posting Beautiful Photographs

I thought he would have included the one with Obama being lifted by the restaurant owner but perhaps that wasn't a Souza photograph. It is one of my favorites and one that the president got a lot of good press on I think.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 02:06 PM

20. Thanks for posting!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 02:16 PM

21. This collection deserves

to be seen by as many people as possible. I am impressed by the calm, dignified informality he seems to extend to all around him. The picture of the Euro-leaders at Camp David, he is sharing a bench seat on the patio.

I just love the picture of him playing in the snow w/ the girls.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 02:19 PM

22. Wonderful, gorgeous photos... and great PR, too! ;)

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Response to reformist2 (Reply #22)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 02:32 PM

24. My favorites:







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Response to reformist2 (Reply #24)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:28 PM

42. I wonder whether Romney's supporters get that same warm feeling inside when they see him

I love having a president who's strong and capable yet so sweet and loving with children. I genuinely admire him... "love" might be a little too strong a word, since I've never met him, but I am so proud that he is the leader of our country. Can Romney's supporters possibly feel the same way about him? Do they think he is a kind and compassionate person? Or is it all about money to them?

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 02:22 PM

23. Adding my thanks for posting these pictures.

What a remarkable man

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 02:33 PM

25. Best one

?w=735

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Response to ErikJ (Reply #25)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 03:07 PM

29. And everyone else was in on it except the guy on the scale!



Our president is almost as funny as he is smart!

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Response to UrbScotty (Reply #29)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:47 AM

40. Evil liberal Weight Redistributionist. nt

Last edited Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:38 AM - Edit history (1)

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Response to ErikJ (Reply #25)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:17 PM

41. I loved that one too!

So cute!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 02:36 PM

26. somes smiles, some tears

thank you for posting.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 02:45 PM

27. My favorite caption

Was where he referred to the President's "first term" when he visited a wounded soldier.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 02:52 PM

28. K&R

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 03:19 PM

30. Wow. These are great...Thanks so much for posting. n/t

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 03:51 PM

31. History on film

Great stuff! I laughed, I cried....

Julie

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 03:53 PM

32. We have GOT to elect this man

to a second term. We just have to.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 04:34 PM

34. Who was looking for a halo image of the Pres?

?w=735

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 04:47 PM

36. Can I just say that I love this pic

?w=735

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Response to MiniMe (Reply #36)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 03:54 PM

44. there are a surprising number of POTUS & the VEEP

close working relationship. a good thing I think

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Response to MiniMe (Reply #36)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 08:27 AM

50. "I liked the part when you made his head explode, Joe."

"Yeah. Me too."

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 04:58 PM

37. he is such an exceptional role model for us all

 

not many like him come our way.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 07:06 PM

38. outstanding n/t

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 08:10 PM

39. .

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:52 PM

43. These are awesome, so interesting to see.

Thanks for posting.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 07:33 PM

45. we have to re-elect this good man

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 07:38 PM

46. Wow!!!! Thanks for posting the link

These pictures put a smile on my face!!!! We have to get them re-elected by them I men President O & FL Michelle Sasha & Malai & VP Biden & Second Lady Dr Jill...

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 08:09 PM

47. Awesome

I will never ever tire of seeing these photos. He is a beautiful man.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 09:09 PM

48. K&R!! Never tire of Souza's photos!!! Thanks! nt

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 09:58 PM

49. K&R

Bookmarked site!

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