it’s pete-souza-genius time

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet the family of Senior Master Sergeant Roland Paramore (not pictured) aboard Air Force One prior to departure en route to New York, Sept. 19

President Obama holds a child after delivering remarks on the American Jobs Act beneath the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge in Cincinnati, Sept. 22

President Obama walks into the Oval Office with William Jones, son of Luke Jones, Presidential Personnel Office, before a departure photo with the Jones family, Sept. 29

President Barack Obama greets children upon arrival in Seattle, Wash., Sept. 25

President Obama shares a laugh with Jean Meyer, the grandmother of Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer, second from left, as they and members of the Meyer family walk along the Colonnade of the White House, Sept. 15

President Barack Obama greets Jasper Mann and his parents, Billy and Gena Mann, before signing H.R. 2005 – Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011, in the Oval Office, Sept. 30


First Lady Michelle Obama talks with Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden during a tour of the Studio Museum in Harlem, in New York, N.Y., Sept. 21 (by Chuck Kennedy)

This one, by Chuck Kennedy, cracks me up:

Bo lounges in the West Garden Room of the White House, Sept. 15. (by Chuck Kennedy)

More new official photos here

48 Responses to “it’s pete-souza-genius time”

  1. October 7, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Oh my gosh, there are some real gems in this group. The ones with the children are just so tender I could melt!! Wow, what an incredibly enriched life they are leading!!!! Us, too.

  2. October 7, 2011 at 8:15 am

    methinks Obamas yearn for a boy in the family. They should go for it. 😉

  3. 6 donna dem 4 obama
    October 7, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD’ville. TGIF

    Well I should be hearing something today about the Grassroots Fundraising Challenge. The last I heard they were still counting donations. Apparently people were allowed to mail-in donations and credit fundraisers thermometers. I’m just hoping to hold onto one of those spots to get that call from the President.

    TOD will be the first to no when I get the word

    Call to Action Friday:

    Please write your member of Congress in support of the President’s American Jobs Act.

    Tweet for Jobs

    Call Congress – (202) 224-3121

    Have a great Productive O’Day Everyone!

  4. October 7, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Love Bo lounging underneath that gorgeous painting. He’s such a cutie 🙂

  5. 19 halo
    October 7, 2011 at 8:24 am

    That was great! The one thing that concerned me was that the photo at the Waldorf showed the room number. Just seemed like that shouldn’t be there.

  6. October 7, 2011 at 8:25 am

    The photos are wonderful. time to calm down and enjoy this first family, thanks

    Steve Benen has a piece about what happened in the Senate last night.

    • October 7, 2011 at 8:41 am

      Good for reid. He grew some backbone finally.

      McConnell was so desperate to pursue this, he was poised to rely on a rarely-used Senate tactic that would have required a two-thirds majority to pass the American Jobs Act. Dems would have voted against the stunt en masse, well in advance of the actual vote on the jobs bill next week, allowing GOP members to claim Senate Democrats were responsible for voting down the bill, even though that wouldn’t really be true.

      Reid decided last night to end the GOP game, using a ruling from the chair to lower the boom — if a bill has overcome a filibuster on the motion to proceed, and then overcome another filibuster on the floor before a final vote, the minority can’t engage in another de facto filibuster with amendment stunts. David Waldman does a nice job explaining this in more detail.

      • 25 JoJothecat
        October 7, 2011 at 10:20 am

        Thanks. I didn’t understand what was going on since I read on one site that Reid through Obama under the bus with this tactic. Good for Reid that he’s using better strategy to get around the do nothing Republicans.

  7. October 7, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Beautiful, beautiful photos. The one with the autistic boy was heart rending. What it must have taken for the parents to to take him to the White House and help him deal with so many stimuli. And the look of wonder on his face when he looks at the president. Just priceless.

    October 7, 2011 at 8:35 am


    October 7, 2011 at 8:36 am


  10. October 7, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Some news about employment:

    Nonfarm payroll up 103,000 in Sept. rate at 9.1%

    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The U.S. added 103,000 nonfarm jobs in September, the Labor Department said Friday. The increase was larger than the 59,000 gain expected by Wall Street economists polled by MarketWatch. Returning workers after the end of a strike at Verizon Communications Inc. added about 45,000 workers to payrolls in September. Revisions to the past two months added 99,000 workers to payrolls. The government sector continued to shed jobs in the month. Private payrolls expanded by 137,000 jobs. The unemployment rate held steady at 9.1% as expected. Average hourly earnings increased 0.2% to $23.12 in September, reversing a drop in August. Economists had been expecting a 0.2% gain. Earnings are up 1.9% in the past year. The average workweek rose six minutes to 34.3 hours. The manufacturing workweek edged down.


  11. 32 dotster3
    October 7, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Beautiful, beautiful. Warm hearted President Obama connecting with adorable, adorable little kids. But that photo of Bo Obama takes the cake! If that isn’t a beauty! It looks like a museum quality piece of art!

  12. 33 desertflower
    October 7, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Amazing photos! What a wonderful way to wake up this morning.

  13. October 7, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Lo and behold! Jackie Calmes of the WaPO did her homework!


    And it shows that PBO was absolutely correct.

    If you want to thank her for doing her job:


  14. 38 Me4obama
    October 7, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I love Pete Souza. Yes Pete Can. The boy going in the Oval office is simply the cutest. All of them are cute.

  15. 39 collegekay
    October 7, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Aww the first photo is precious. Those babies look like they’d be PBO and Miche’s children.

  16. 41 utaustinliberal
    October 7, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Pete the genius has done it again. Along with Chuck Kenndey of course. 🙂 The first picture has got to be the sweetest. The level of comfort the beautiful children are showing with POTUS and FLOTUS is a wonderful sight to behold. Love the playfulness of President Obama. Thanks Chips for this majestic view to wake up to.

    • 42 JoJothecat
      October 7, 2011 at 10:23 am

      I know, I love the first photo. The little girl looks like she’s saying ” I ‘m gonna be president too” and her little brother on FLOTUS lap wants to get down and play with PBO….so cute. A nice start of my day with a smile.

  17. 43 PoliticalJunkessa
    October 7, 2011 at 10:27 am

    What a way to start the day! All I can do is :mrgreen: . This is what PBO’s detractors fear: his humanity, his magnetism, his effect on children. The children love him, and there’s nothing they can do about it.

    Absolutely gorgeous photos. Thanks Chips. Have a great day, everyone!

  18. October 7, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I wish there were a website of pictures of just our President and First Lady with children.

  19. 45 JojoRaze
    October 7, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Great pics! This is my favorite one so far…http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/6218346821/in/photostream…I love that Michelle and the kids are focused on Bo, who’s very much a dog that loves people, and the two adults, who seem to be the teachers are looking on at the scene. The lighting is great.

    I’m loving how everyone is making sure to bring their babies now when going to see PBO after he comforted that baby girl in August. So many baby pics! Great stuff!

  20. 46 QuietObserver
    October 7, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Great pictures. I can totally see the Obamas becoming foster parents once their time in the WH is done.

    And Bo is a little diva (or is that divO?)

  21. 47 Ladyhawke
    October 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Can’t you just imagine Bo saying “Somebody, peel me a grape”.

  22. 48 Firefly
    October 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the First Couple!! I treat everyone and I mean EVERYONE with respect and are soooooo great with Kids!!! How could you NOT LOVE THEM???!! I mean, just as people……they are so genuine!!! God please continue to bless them!! 🙂

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