Souza the Great

President Obama greets audience members after delivering remarks on infrastructure, the economy, and creating jobs by increasing exports, at the Port of New Orleans in New Orleans, La., Nov. 8, 2013

Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Ariz., Aug. 6, 2013

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama listen to the NYU Vocaholics perform in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House following a Christmas holiday reception, Dec. 6, 2012 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

First Lady Michelle Obama greets young performers with the Dance Theatre of Harlem prior to the United Nations General Assembly spouses tour and luncheon at the Harlem Studio Museum in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2013. (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Greeting a family at Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in Brooklyn, N.Y., Oct. 25, 2013

The Blue Room during a White House tour, Nov. 5, 2013

Signing autographs after delivering the keynote address at Disney’s Veterans Institute Workshop at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 14, 2013 (Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

Greeting a child in Beverly Hills, Calif., Nov. 26, 2013

Listening to the daughter of a departing U.S. Secret Service agent in the Oval Office, Oct. 28, 2013 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Greeting the daughter of a departing staff member in the Outer Oval Office, Dec. 13, 2013

President Obama tosses a football with Press Secretary Jay Carney in the Outer Oval Office, following the Senate vote on the federal government shutdown and debt ceiling, Oct. 16, 2013. Trip Director Marvin Nicholson and Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer watch

Talking with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley backstage before delivering remarks on the Affordable Care Act at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Md., Sept. 26, 2013

National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice helps Vice President Joe Biden with a spot on his suit jacket, in a hall outside the Oval Office, Aug. 2, 2013. Robert Cardillo, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Intelligence Integration, watches at right

Greeting troops during a rally at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013

Touring the Women’s Rights National Historical Park Visitors Center, in Seneca Falls, N.Y., Aug. 22, 2013

President Obama visits the Women’s Rights National Historical Park Visitors Center, in Seneca Falls, N.Y., Aug. 22, 2013

Touring the Women’s Rights National Historical Park Visitors Center, in Seneca Falls, N.Y., Aug. 22, 2013

Greeting children at the September 11th Observance Ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Va., Sept. 11, 2013

Taking the stage to deliver remarks on the five-year anniversary of the financial crisis, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Sept. 16, 2013

Greeting volunteers at Food & Friends during a service project to commemorate the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, in Washington, D.C., Sept. 11, 2013

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden walk back to the Diplomatic Reception Room after joining staff on the South Lawn of the White House to observe a moment of silence to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Sept. 11, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama talks with children at the USO Warrior and Family Center in Fort Belvoir, Va., Sept. 11, 2013. The center supports wounded, ill and injured troops, their families and caregivers, as well as local active duty troops (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Viewing the Gulf of Finland during a break at the G20 Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Sept. 5, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in musical activities with students during a back to school “Let’s Move!” Active Schools event at Orr Elementary School in Washington, D.C., Sept. 6, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)


And after Manchester United’s latest mishap today, I wished they’d signed this fella:

President Obama kicks a soccer ball during a stop at the Tully Junior-Senior High School soccer practice in Tully, N.Y., Aug. 23, 2013

All photos by Pete Souza, unless otherwise stated! Lots more photos here

112 Responses to “Souza the Great”

  1. 1 Nena20409
    February 1, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Fantastic. Hey TODers 😉

  2. 3 Nena20409
    February 1, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    That Pic The “Wet” POTUS with a rain drop 😉 that is Pete’s right?

  3. February 1, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Sorry Chips, if anyone’s going to sign BHO as a new no. 10 it’ll be the Boys of the Bridge.

  4. 13 hopefruit2
    February 1, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Gorgeous pics! Congrats Nena on #1 🙂

  5. 15 hopefruit2
    February 1, 2014 at 3:37 pm

  6. February 1, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Pete Souza is one of those rare people whose work absolutely expands our vision of the world. Like all TODers, I love his photos of this POTUS, and FLOTUS, and I just visited his website for the first time. I saw Afghanistan as I’ve never seen it.

    You are right: He is SOUZA THE GREAT. I’m blown away…


    • 21 hopefruit2
      February 1, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      It is no wonder that the media feels threatened by him. Because his pictures show everything that they try to HIDE.

      • 22 HZ
        February 1, 2014 at 5:46 pm

        So true, hopefruit2. Remember President Obama once stated in an interview: Pete and I are like an old married couple.” Sweetly stated. He went on to say how he trusts Pete with his presidency and his family. If you get to know POB, you will see that his family, and how he presents himself in his work are very important to him. Those are two core pillars of who President Barack H. Obama is in his life.

        I trust Pete Souza and I love how he respects the president and his presidency. We are going to be fine. As our wonderful Bobfr reminds us: #TrustBarack

  7. 24 criquet
    February 1, 2014 at 3:51 pm

  8. 35 Nerdy Wonka
    February 1, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I am so thankful that Pete Souza is the White House Photographer. It is an honor and privilege to view his work. These were some of my favorites.

  9. February 1, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Outside of Psycho, I really liked the remakes


    Fantasy Hollywood: restaging classic films with black models

    When two Dakar-based photographers messed with some very familiar screen moments, they were taken aback by the racial dimension to the response

    Back in the 80s, my classmates and I piled into Mbabane’s local cinema to watch Top Gun. We’d turn to each other, channeling our best version of Val Kilmer to spout “You can be my wing man anytime” – followed by intense laughter. Who doesn’t have a favourite line, an iconic moment from film lodged in our minds?

    Dakar-based photographers Omar Victor Diop and Antoine Tempé were counting on just that, the shared experience and ubiquity of film, when the hotel group Onomo International invited them to create a series of photographs using the hotel as a backdrop. They turned to the silver screen, to iconic moments they’ve held onto to and mined for their collaborative project, ONOMOllywood.

    In 20 images that pay homage to characters such as Truman Capote’s Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, these reinventions begin with the a humble “what if…” A question looking to how popular global cultural translates to the local, what could it look like, and what new memories would it create. The project has created conversation, accolades and blowback, but in an interview with Another Africa, Diop takes it all in stride.


  10. February 1, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Pete Souza could put out 1 or 10 books about the Obama Presidency, and I will buy them all.

  11. 40 Nerdy Wonka
    February 1, 2014 at 3:56 pm

  12. 42 Nerdy Wonka
    February 1, 2014 at 3:58 pm

  13. February 1, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Hey y’all. Layla, thanks for asking how I’m doing. As I said, overall quite well. Movements of lying down and then sitting up are hardest. I am trying to stay ahead of the pain and mostly doing that. As most of you know, it’s a time thing. I tend to be a very compliant patient so I will follow directions. We are blessed with wonderful church friends and wonderful neighbors—lots of food and offers to do anything we need. And all the love, prayers and support from TOD. Feeling very blessed!!!!!!!!

  14. 48 Nerdy Wonka
    February 1, 2014 at 3:59 pm

  15. 50 yardarm756
    February 1, 2014 at 4:06 pm


  16. 57 yardarm756
    February 1, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Can’y say this enough even though the MSM won’t. 😦

  17. 59 nospin
    February 1, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    There was a pic of POTUS with one leg up on either a railing or chair …can’t remember. That pic was ..well. It was.

    • 60 Ladyhawke
      February 1, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Are you talking about the photo on the campaign plane back in 2008 where he is wearing jeans and talking on the phone with one led up on something? If that’s the one you are referring to, it’s a keeper.

  18. 62 yardarm756
    February 1, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    This is so unreal. Now this is truly a case for impeachment!

  19. 66 hopefruit2
    February 1, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Chips I promised Danny a rubber chicken for his 1st birthday. He’s holding my feet to the fire on that promise. Just an early heads-up 🙂

  20. 67 Bill R.
    February 1, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    I just love looking at the faces of people when they meet the President.

  21. February 1, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    • 69 WilTal
      February 1, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      Chips, you’re a hoot…this is too funny!

      Because of this wicked and evil person, someone died…he should be sentenced to life w/o the possibility of parole, POS.

    • 70 99ts
      February 1, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      The laughs never stop 🙂 No-one should get on the wrong side of Ms Chips

  22. 71 Nerdy Wonka
    February 1, 2014 at 4:51 pm


  23. 73 nospin
    February 1, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Chips and Nerdy Wonka – sorry for the attached and I normally wouldn’t do this and I understand if you delete this note but I have a friend who would love to win tickets to see Jennifer Nettles. She (my friend) is such an amazing person and volunteer. Always putting others before herself. I would like to see her get a break.

    To win she has to get as many people as possible to view a Jennifer Nettles video using a link (https://www.tunespeak.com/tl/6UN8Kcv6) she set up. Please please please, consider taking 4 mins of your time to watch. The contest runs the next three days if you have four mins to spare, please click the link and watch. It would be an amazing thing to make her wish come true. If anyone feels the need to share the link, please do so. It would be such a treat. Thanks. https://www.tunespeak.com/tl/6UN8Kcv6

  24. February 1, 2014 at 4:55 pm

  25. February 1, 2014 at 5:20 pm

  26. 77 Layla
    February 1, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Saturday night, big snow here pffft!!!!

    • 78 jacquelineoboomer
      February 1, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Any day of the week, big snow here pffft!!!! 🙂

      • 79 Layla
        February 1, 2014 at 7:22 pm

        It’s winter in Canada and the gentle breezes blow
        Seventy miles an hour at thirty-five below
        Oh, how I love Canada when the snow’s up to your butt
        You take a breath of winter and your nose gets frozen shut
        Yes, the weather here is wonderful so I guess I’ll hang around
        I could never leave Canada I’m frozen to the friggin’ ground!

        • 80 jacquelineoboomer
          February 1, 2014 at 9:33 pm

          Love it! Just getting back to see your poem. What a coincidence – I’m frozen to the friggin’ ground here in Illinois! Well, not quite. 🙂

  27. 81 Ladyhawke
    February 1, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    What I just love about these fabulous photos by Pete Souza is that they drive the GOP and the media crazy. They hate these photos because they defy the narrative image they so desperately want to portray about
    President Obama. They hate these photos so much that they have even accused Pete Souza of ‘staging’ them. Imagine that. They just can’t stand the truth that Pete Souza captures so effortlessly. The photos show an elegant, dignified, charismatic, charming, passionate, playful and caring man who happens to be the leader of the free world. A devoted husband and father. A man who is good inside and only wants the best for the American people. Oh, and he happens to be a baby whisperer and the pied piper with whippersnappers on top of that. The photos say it all. PBO continues to make his critics look petty and small.

    • 86 Bill R.
      February 1, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      Wow! What performers were the Nicholaus Brothers! Possibly the most athletic dancers to ever perform in the 20th century. I remember them being highlighted in the movie “That’s Entertainment” from the 1970s. And of course Cab Calloway was a master of jazz music.

  28. 88 HZ
    February 1, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Prettyfoot, thank you for sharing this powerful poem by Langston Hughes. I did a performance with my Performing Arts Class just before I retired and a young student recited this for me, and then the ‘Dance Makers’ did a moving dance with choir behind them singing a an arrangement of Deep River to the poem. This sharing here brought back tears for me today. I loved that part of my teaching days. {{{{{{{{TY}}}}}}}} I love the works of Mr. Hughes. I have many of his classic books. Love it.

    Chips, you have created such a beautiful haven here for all of us in support of our president and all that he stands for in our journey. Thank you, my beautiful brilliant and loving angel. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Thank you, Chips for this beautiful place}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

  29. 89 HZ
    February 1, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Loving Healing Hugs to our tnmtngirl}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}. Rest, relax, and enjoy your beautiful people who have come to share your space during this healing point. Love you, tnmtngirl. HZ

  30. 91 WilTal
    February 1, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Thanks Chips and NW. It doesn’t matter how many times I see these beautiful pics, it’s like viewing them for the first time…so much pleasure.

    Pete Souza – “I try to photograph everything. Every meeting that the president does. I look at my job as a visual historian. The most important thing is to create a good visual archive for history, so 50 or a hundred years from now, people can go back and look at all these pictures.”

  31. 92 hopefruit2
    February 1, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    ABC is now the Edward Snowden & Amanda Knox channel!

  32. 94 99ts
    February 1, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Gm from my world – what fab news and pictures – thank you Chips and UT

  33. 96 99ts
    February 1, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    This will no doubt be the basis of the next poll by the WSJ – just love how they word their lies

    “Is Eric Holder’s Justice Department driven by a political agenda, or are the department’s recent prosecutorial decisions simply signs of overzealousness? ”

    So it’s politics or overzealousness that is causing the GOP governors grief according to the WSJ. Most people think it is the words and actions of the governors that are the problem – but the GOP doesn’t have that as one of the options.

    Not going to link – they don’t deserve the clicks – but this will be the defense for McDonnell and Christie – and how weak it is.

      • 98 99ts
        February 1, 2014 at 7:19 pm

        Sounds like a solution 🙂 They are livid because it was their last white hope that has been shown to be a crook – they have been such dismal failures in their attempts to bring down PBO.

        When I read the schedule related to the Dem Senators and dem caucus – my reaction was how sad it is that the GOP refuse to even have a discussion with the President – refuse to invite him to any event at all. For 4 years the President tried to work with the GOP – and they just say NO – and this disgusting article by a RW hack tells us 110% more about the GOP than the Justice Department.

  34. 99 carolyn
    February 1, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Just heard a good report on our local PBS station, about the ACA. First United Methodist Church in Edmond (the rather wealthy northern suburb of OKC) is having lessons every Wed night on the ACA. People have been coming, and learning and signing up. The reporter asked a woman if it was political, and she said no. ” If we believe everyone is God’s child, then everyone should be covered by health insurance, and that is our goal.” Then, the program discussed a church in the Hispanic side of town that is informing and enrolling people using the navigators. The spokesman said that the navigators work with four at a time. They have info in Spanish, Vietnamese and other languages. He said their facility has the most languages available. People spoke about how they were surprised at how affordable and good this is, and that the scare stories they’d heard were false. In all, the spokesman said that 10,000 people so far in Oklahoma have signed up, and the number is growing. This without any official or state government help and advertising. Hooray for the churches!

  35. 103 hopefruit2
    February 1, 2014 at 7:29 pm

  36. 104 desertflower
    February 1, 2014 at 7:40 pm


    What’s behind Anthem’s huge premium increase? Not Obamacare.

    Insurance companies, bless their hearts, seem determined to remind us why we need the Affordable Care Act. The latest example comes from Anthem Blue Cross, which has just hit 306,000 customers in California with premium increases of up to 25%.
    As reported by my colleague Chad Terhune, the increases average 16% and are scheduled to kick in April 1, unless the state Department of Insurance jawbones Anthem into backing down.
    Here’s the kicker: No one can blame these increases on the mandates of the Affordable Care Act, a popular argument among critics of the act. That’s because the increases are for grandfathered policies exempt from the act.
    “It’s a rich irony,” says Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access, a leading California consumer advocacy group. “The insurers can’t have it both ways — they can’t blame the increases on the ACA while increasing rates on their non-ACA-compliant plans as well.”
    Wright observes that many of Anthem’s grandfathered plans don’t even include maternity care, the mandate for which is a popular target of the anti-Obamacare crowd. (To learn why, yes, men should pay for maternity care, see our explanation here.)

  37. 105 hopefruit2
    February 1, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Dan Ashley has a lot of skills – he can sing; he can cook, he’s a great reporter! 🙂

  38. 106 desertflower
    February 1, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    What a GREAT DAD!! This dad penned 826 notes he put on napkins to put in his daughter’s lunch everyday:) Bravo Dad!!


    • 107 desertflower
      February 1, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      Like: ” Stand Up for People and you will change the world” ” I love being your dad” and ” If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” Maya Angelou

  39. 108 Vicki
    February 1, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    The booing of Christie in NYC was shocking in that it was so sustained and loud.
    On the same stage, next to each other and smiling (not at the booing, just enjoying themselves) were Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill deBlasio.

    The Christie booing was serious—–unlike when 1,000 fans are cheering for POTUS and 2 PUMAS boo aand then the headlines are “President is booed.”

  40. 109 Vicki
    February 1, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Every bad thing the MSM/GOP/TP fling at PBO seems to boomerang back to smack the Repubs in their lying ugly faces.

  41. 110 99ts
    February 1, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I’m in the midst of Chips’ twitter – how can these two things happen at the same time

    Retweeted by @petesouza

    Followed by @satan

    Sat night live, Colbert and whoever – could learn a lot from this amazing blog tyrant! 🙂

  42. 112 globalcitizenlinda
    February 1, 2014 at 8:31 pm

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