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Thu Jan 3, 2013, 11:42 AM

Year in Photographs 2012 by Pete Souza (White House Photographer)








Lots more from an amazing year

http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/sets/72157632418300447/

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Reply Year in Photographs 2012 by Pete Souza (White House Photographer) (Original post)
n2doc Jan 2013 OP
ProSense Jan 2013 #1
progressoid Jan 2013 #2
BVictor1 Jan 2013 #5
Cha Jan 2013 #14
renate Jan 2013 #34
Cha Jan 2013 #46
Cha Jan 2013 #47
rocktivity Jan 2013 #21
Tarheel_Dem Jan 2013 #3
October Jan 2013 #19
Spazito Jan 2013 #24
calimary Jan 2013 #42
Tarheel_Dem Jan 2013 #43
Botany Jan 2013 #4
Tarheel_Dem Jan 2013 #6
catbyte Jan 2013 #36
Tarheel_Dem Jan 2013 #39
Greybnk48 Jan 2013 #7
Third Doctor Jan 2013 #8
Volaris Jan 2013 #27
catbyte Jan 2013 #37
Volaris Jan 2013 #38
catbyte Jan 2013 #48
a kennedy Jan 2013 #9
hibbing Jan 2013 #10
juajen Jan 2013 #11
rtassi Jan 2013 #12
PATXgirl Jan 2013 #13
samsingh Jan 2013 #15
PennsylvaniaMatt Jan 2013 #16
rocktivity Jan 2013 #22
calimary Jan 2013 #44
renate Jan 2013 #17
ReRe Jan 2013 #18
justiceischeap Jan 2013 #20
Rose Siding Jan 2013 #29
Iwillnevergiveup Jan 2013 #31
renate Jan 2013 #33
TygrBright Jan 2013 #23
Hekate Jan 2013 #51
Scurrilous Jan 2013 #25
Little Star Jan 2013 #26
liberal N proud Jan 2013 #28
Iwillnevergiveup Jan 2013 #30
Earth_First Jan 2013 #32
Kahuna Jan 2013 #35
Boomerproud Jan 2013 #40
calimary Jan 2013 #45
lunatica Jan 2013 #41
The Green Manalishi Jan 2013 #49
Beacool Jan 2013 #50
Are_grits_groceries Jan 2013 #52

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 11:55 AM

1. Absolutely amazing.

I can't pick a favorite. I love the bottom photo in the OP, but the photos with the kids and some many others are wonderful.

Thanks for posting.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:36 PM

2. Hello. Is Vladamir there?

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Response to progressoid (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:17 PM

5. Love this.

 

Being an African-American male, seeing a young African American kid in the Oval Office playing, without a care or worry in the world is surreal.

Imagine, slaves help build the White House and now we have our first African-American president and well, the image above.

Priceless...

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Response to BVictor1 (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:07 PM

14. I love it too..

There's also this iconic pic of the President holding a small African American girl under a picture of Lincoln in the White House that is Beautiful. Sorry, I can't it find right now.

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Response to renate (Reply #34)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:13 PM

46. Thank you, renate!

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Response to BVictor1 (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:15 PM

47. But, thanks to renate.. here it is..

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Response to progressoid (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 07:15 PM

21. Vladamir: "RELEASE THE NUKES!"

"The Americans have released theirs -- operation code name 'Poopy head'!"


rocktivity

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:44 PM

3. I love that bottom pic. So classy. Thanks for sharing.

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Response to Tarheel_Dem (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 07:03 PM

19. Me, too!

I'd love to know the story behind that photo. I love it!

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Response to October (Reply #19)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 07:35 PM

24. It was taken at Laura Jarrett's wedding, Valerie Jarrett's daughter...

Here is the caption from under the photo on flickr:

June 18, 2012
"The First Lady reacts as she watches Laura Jarrett and Tony Balkissoon take their vows during their wedding at Valerie Jarrett's home in Chicago." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Response to Tarheel_Dem (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 01:46 PM

42. Always makes me feel a little better looking at her. For many reasons.

I'm proud that she represents me as America's First Lady. I'm proud and impressed and SO delighted that they'll be around for another four years!

AND it makes me really happy to think that our President has that gorgeous, brilliant, alluring, dedicated, loving, supportive, and sexy-as-hell woman to come home to at night, what with all the battering he has to take from the bad guys all day every day.

VERY pleased! Thumbs UP!!!! WAY WAY UP!!!!

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Response to calimary (Reply #42)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 01:50 PM

43. Extremely well stated.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:10 PM

4. Everybody must go through these pix

Damn I am so proud of that man.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:28 PM

6. Couldn't resist!


Aug. 14, 2012
"The President waves from his campaign bus to people lining the motorcade route in Iowa." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Nov. 19, 2012
"To some, this is just a snapshot and doesn't belong in this gallery of candid photographs from the year. But to me, it evokes what the trip to Burma was all about. Here is the President, shoes and socks off in respect, posing like an American tourist in front of the oldest pagoda in the world in a country that no U.S. President had ever been able to visit."

President Barack Obama stands barefoot in front of the 368-foot tall Shwedagon pagoda in Rangoon, Burma, Nov. 19, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


I can never resist him with kids.

Dec. 16, 2012
"Two days after the shootings at Newtown, the President traveled to Connecticut to meet with the victims' families and give remarks at a prayer vigil. The President spent hours greeting family members. Difficult as that was for everyone, the one moment that helped sooth the pain was when he posed for a photo with the siblings and cousins of Emilie Parker, one of the 20 children who died that day in Newtown. I see both sadness and hope in this photograph, and I know after a lot of tears that day, it meant so much to the President that everyone was able to smile for a moment in this family photo. Thanks to the Parker family for allowing us to show this photograph publicly." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Feb. 29, 2012
"Sonya Hebert made this amusing photograph of Bo, the Obama family dog, as he was being videotaped for the Easter Egg Roll, in the East Colonnade of the White House." (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

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Response to Tarheel_Dem (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 09:30 AM

36. Even Bo is charismatic. What a First Family!

The shot of Bo belongs in the "Sez awww" or "Maik SQUEE" pages, LOL. The way Bo's foofy legs merge into his foofy feet cracks me up every time I see him walking. Even though I am a Cat Woman, I love that dog.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #36)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:32 AM

39. Bo is just irresistable. What a great fit for this wonderful family.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:48 PM

7. Just spent the last 1/2 hour going over all of these.

I loved each and every one. Thanks so much for posting them.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:54 PM

8. I like that tan suit.

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Response to Third Doctor (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 08:05 PM

27. That's so odd, that's the second time in a week I've heard people commenting on his wardrobe...

The first was some random lady that came to check into the hotel I work at...I had the news on in the lobby, and she kind of smiled and said:

"You know, I didn't vote for him, but I'll say this... The Devil picks out that man's ties, that's why he got the Women's Vote."

I kept my comments on any gay men that might have voted for him to my self, and tried NOT to laugh my fool ass off.
It was awesome.

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Response to Volaris (Reply #27)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 09:33 AM

37. "The Devil picks out his ties"? Excuse me? I guess it's too early in the day & the caffeine

hasn't kicked in yet, but I don't get it.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #37)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:26 AM

38. she meant that he looks really, REALLY sexy in them.

The Devil appearing to women as a beautiful Man in order to seduce them is a very old motif in Christianity. It's where the adjective "devilish" good looks" comes from. She was making a joke at the idea that some of the idiots believe President Obama is the antichrist, and commenting highly on the well-chosen nature of his wardrobe at the same time.

The inside joke and trun of phrase is why I found it difficult not to laugh WITH her, because they were pretty well-crafted.

And you'll never have to apologize to me for what the lack of caffiene can do to your brain lol.

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Response to Volaris (Reply #38)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 09:47 PM

48. Thanks so much for the explanation, Volaris. Sometimes I'm not very quick on the

uptake, lol.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:16 PM

9. Love all of them.....

keeping this bookmarked.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 03:14 PM

10. Dang it, where is my Kleenex

Hey,
Thanks for posting the link. Some made me smile, many made me so proud and some made me cry.

Peace

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 03:37 PM

11. Thanks so much for these. Gotta say, our Prez and his family warm my heart.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 03:49 PM

12. Thank you so much ... I really enjoyed that!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:02 PM

13. Thanks for posting the pics and the link. Lots of wonderful pictures.

The one that started the tears is the image of President Obama at his desk, the portrait of Washington above him and the two busts behind him...Lincoln to one side and MLKing to the other. Great image.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:41 PM

15. nice photos

his love for Michelle is clearly visible in how he looks at her.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 06:17 PM

16. This is also one of my favorites...



He is the President of the United States, but he took the time to sit down and talk to that one girl. Behind the glitz and power of the Presidency is a truly caring man!

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Response to PennsylvaniaMatt (Reply #16)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 07:18 PM

22. I don't think it's an accident that she's so much darker than the others.

Which reminds me of this one Obama: tackling the black hair thing.




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Response to rocktivity (Reply #22)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 02:40 PM

44. I absolutely LOVE this photo. I love ALL the shots of President Obama with kids!

This one's a 24k-gold keeper!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 06:19 PM

17. oh. my. gosh.

What a treat! These pictures are actually FUN to go through--not only am I so so so proud that this man is our President, I just plain LIKE him!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 06:38 PM

18. Thank you, n2doc...

K&R

...for sharing these and the link. I went and watched the entire slide show twice. Amazing. Just amazing. We squibble and we squabble on here on PO's policies, but we all must admit, we are so lucky to have him as our President. After eight long horrifying years under GW, we have PO and his family. God Bless us all, that's all I can say...

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 07:06 PM

20. There's a great documentary about Pete Souza

called The Presidentís Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office

http://www.pbs.org/the-presidents-photographer (You can watch it online)

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Response to justiceischeap (Reply #20)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 09:01 PM

29. Thanks - Souza has an amazing talent.

I'll watch that.

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Response to justiceischeap (Reply #20)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 01:13 AM

31. THANK YOU, Justiceischeap

Wonderful documentary!

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Response to justiceischeap (Reply #20)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:41 AM

33. I'm TOTALLY going to watch that tomorrow!

Thanks! It's late now but I can't wait to watch it later!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 07:27 PM

23. Some leaders seem to think the world belongs to them. Some, like our President...

...seem to understand that it's the other way around.

I have not seen, in my lifetime, a President who allows himself to belong to all of us with such grace, good humor, AND gravitas.

Yes, Souza is a grand photographer indeed and it takes great artistry to catch the right moment at the right angle. But no photographer can do more than approximate a sense that doesn't actually exist. The balance of dedication, pride, and humility that shines in these photographs is not something that can be photoshopped.

Thanks for sharing!

appreciatively,
Bright

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #23)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 02:43 AM

51. You said it for me, TygrBright

All the way.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 07:40 PM

25. K & R

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 07:52 PM

26. k&r Love these!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 08:10 PM

28. This one is the most pointed


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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 01:11 AM

30. Fantastic records!

Don't miss the PBS video on Pete Souza - utterly remarkable!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 01:17 AM

32. The best job in the world. No question about it. n/t

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 06:51 AM

35. Bookmarking for later..nt

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 01:13 PM

40. The third photo of the Obama's really shows a couple that still believe in love.

You can't fake that.

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Response to Boomerproud (Reply #40)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 02:56 PM

45. Welcome to DU, boomerproud!

I love that photo, too. They genuinely look like they love each other, AND like each other, too. That's important to a solid and long-running marriage! I see that in the eyes of both Barack and Michelle Obama as they look at each other. It's quite clear.

Makes me SOOOOOO happy and proud!!! They're the ones who represent American couples to the world. I think they make us all look pretty doggone good!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 01:22 PM

41. Thanks!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:12 AM

49. Isn't it nice

not having to be embarrassed by your President? I think GWB *tried* to do the right thing, as his vapid and controlled little mind saw it, but he had neither the intellect nor the class to do so. I may not always agree with President Obama, but he has not just a good intellect but the kind of genuine class and style I admire.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 10:40 PM

50. Lovely pics.

My favorite ones are the ones from Laura Jarrett's wedding (Michelle's reaction is charming), Bo and his rabbit ears and this one.



Candid camera: Official photographer Pete Souza caught the split-second reaction of Obama, VP Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after she accidentally dropped all of her briefing papers onto the Oval Office rug

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 03:01 AM

52. Ha! Kids crack me up.



She is obviously not impresed.

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