Pete Souza: Genius


President Obama shakes hands with a young boy while greeting audience members during a U.S. Embassy meet and greet at the Ritz Carlton Riyadh (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama looks at Rembrandt’s “Self-portrait as the Apostle Paul” during a tour of the Gallery of Honor at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (Photo by Pete Souza)



President Obama signs items backstage next to a sculpture of a giraffe in a shipping crate, following remarks at the Palais Des Beaux Arts in Brussels (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama points to writing on a wall during a tour of the Colosseum with Barbara Nazzaro, Technical Director & Architect of the Colosseum (Photo by Pete Souza)

People line the street to wave at President Obama as the motorcade passes by en route to the World Forum, The Hague (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)


President Obama delivers remarks during a meet and greet with the U.S. Tri-Mission to Italy, The Holy See, and the U.N. Agencies in Rome (Photo by Pete Souza)


See lots more photos from the President’s trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia here

148 Responses to “Pete Souza: Genius”

  1. 1 africa
    March 30, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Hello Pete

  2. 2 Nerdy Wonka
    March 30, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I love this.

    The kids know who he truly is at his core.

    Thank you, Pete Souza!

    • 3 hopefruit2
      March 30, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Damn…no matter where he goes, or what he oes for…same reaction. Adults, kids, males females….it’s the SAME reaction he gets every time. You cannot “stage” this. It is real.

  3. 4 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 2:32 pm

  4. 8 Ladyhawke
    March 30, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Chuck Todd Asks NJ Senator What It Will Take To Accept Christie’s Side Of The Story


    • March 30, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      What kind of journalist asks that kind of question/.the kind that says it is not his JOB to point out lies & discrepancies…Chuck Todd is on the case…

  5. 10 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 2:38 pm

  6. 11 africa
    March 30, 2014 at 2:39 pm

  7. 12 globalcitizenlinda
    March 30, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    great collection!

    thanks a lot for sharing these!

    Yes, Mr. Pete Souza is a certified genius!

  8. 13 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 2:41 pm

  9. 14 MightyPamela
    March 30, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    The photo of the Pope watching PBO leave the room – gripping.

    • March 30, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      Hello, MP . . . . where did you see this photo??

      • 16 globalcitizenlinda
        March 30, 2014 at 5:51 pm

        either click on the link shown above (see last comment on the content of this blog post) and it will take you directly to the White House page

        or you can also go directly to the photo stream on WH page and see this latest batch from Europe and Saudi Arabia;

        start the flicker in the set and you will see it among those Mr. Souza took at the Vatican

      • 17 Nena20409
        March 30, 2014 at 5:52 pm

        The Pete Sousa’s link…….last thread…..about middle of the page…..

      • 18 MightyPamela
        March 30, 2014 at 6:11 pm

        Hi SCC, I want to say #40 in the slide show, but I’ve been out for a while, so what Nena said is probably correct.

        • March 30, 2014 at 6:42 pm

          You are all sweethearts to help me find the photo. And I did find it. Amazing.
          Wasn’t it all so deeply satisfying and heart-moving, seeing our PBO in all settings,
          leading the world with grace and humor and wisdom and his big heart.

  10. 20 globalcitizenlinda
    March 30, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    amazing to see voters who find it so easy to undermine the people (like PBO) who are working hardest to improve their very lives.

    yes, it is depressing to keep reading stories of republicans who have enrolled in Obamacare but still claim to hate PBO with a passion;

    however, as I commented a few weeks ago, this taking one for the team and enrolling republicans in Obamacare is something we must do for the sake of the future of this law and for the nation;

    true, some die-hard republicans will NEVER say a good word about our exceptional POTUS, PBO, but if they can eventually be convinced to vote for politicians who will protect and strengthen Obamacare then this short term crap is worth it

  11. 21 Judith Fardig
    March 30, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Congrats to Africa and NW and all hail the genius of Pete Souza!

  12. 22 donna dem 4 obama
    March 30, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Ashwani is a friend of mine and a Maryland Field Director for OFA. He is 26 years old and a two time cancer survivor. Please retweet his story.

  13. 27 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 2:57 pm

  14. 28 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 2:59 pm

  15. 30 hopefruit2
    March 30, 2014 at 3:06 pm

  16. 31 Linda
    March 30, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Pete’s slideshow picture #12 shows where the real deals are made…..

    In the stairwells.

  17. 33 Nena20409
    March 30, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    The Excellent in TOD Journalism Thrives.

    Thank you.

    A F R I C A has the Au. Congrats.

    I will keep going back to get all caught up with today’s R&S. Thank you ever so much ❤ NW ❤ Ms Chips ❤ .

    Pete Souza is a Photographer Monster. The guy is not human 😉

    Is that a Real Live Giraffe?

  18. 37 donna dem 4 obama
    March 30, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    The newest Republican talking point that our media is more than happy to repeat is that we don’t know how many people have paid their premiums. When you purchase a car you sign a contract and generally have 30-45 days before you make your first payment. That car is sold once you drive it off the lot. No one says, oh she hasn’t made her payment so that sold car doesn’t count. The fact that our media will run with any Republican talking point out there just shows that we have the most pathetic media on the face of the earth.

  19. March 30, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I can’t wait for Pete Souza to publish the Obama Presidency Photo books..

    I will be every last one of them.

  20. March 30, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Got a little chuckle on slide #52 or the 4th down here. The caption said “President Barack Obama tours the Colosseum with Barbara Nazzaro, Technical Director & Architect of the Colosseum, in Rome, Italy, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)52 of 62. I think she is too young to have been the architect of the Colosseum. Or am I just sick? 😉

    • 41 Bill R.
      March 30, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      I was watching Italian Television and they did identify this woman as the Museum Director. As for architect, I think not, unless she is the architect of the restoration that is going on, which is likely.

  21. March 30, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Meeting apparently still underway. All that Russian yammering about ‘federation’ is a non-starter, btw.

    p.s. NW – yet another fantastic R&S!! Hopefully, I’ll have time to enjoy it late this evening when work is done ….


  22. 47 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 3:43 pm

  23. 51 jacquelineoboomer
    March 30, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Just caught up with all of you, more or less.

    Have a sweet day, everybody! Sun’s shining on my parade, here in Central Illinois. Hope it is for all of you, too!

  24. 52 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 3:46 pm

  25. 54 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 3:47 pm

  26. 55 africa
    March 30, 2014 at 3:48 pm

  27. March 30, 2014 at 3:50 pm


    So now we have to take our battle to the courts…I can only pray that the judge does not come down on the side of the GOP and their allies as they attempt to reinstate JIM Crow laws

  28. 57 desertflower
    March 30, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    REALLY??? http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/03/30/vladimir-putin-conquer-finland-_n_5058483.html

    Vladimir Putin Wants To Conquer Belarus, The Baltic States And Finland Says Former Advisor

  29. 62 jackiegrumbacher
    March 30, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    It has taken me most of this day to catch up with R&S stories between bouts of cleaning, cooking and wrapping birthday presents. So much to take in, so little time. Thanks to NW, thanks to Chips for all the brain food.

  30. 63 africa
    March 30, 2014 at 4:14 pm

  31. 65 forus50
    March 30, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    First female mayor of Paris!

  32. 66 desertflower
    March 30, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    As donna mentioned, this is now the new RWNJ talking point.


    Well, howdy! I bet Mr Santorum knows a “deadbeat” when he sees one!! As we are so nicely reminded from a PA commenter:

    Kelly McGee • an hour ago
    those of us who payed taxes in Penn Hills, PA while you charged us for your children’s homeschooling (that was done at your home in VIRGINIA )will not forget who is the deadbeat . Only a real scumbag like you would keep an empty house so that they could shift their educational costs onto the middle class taxpayers in Pittsburgh. Maybe that’s why you lost your re election bid in a huge landslide??

    What a has been idiot. Shame on MTP for even thinking that Santorum could add anything of importance to a conversation.

    • 67 globalcitizenlinda
      March 30, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      that explains the nonsense that the lady (“always in the library”) was asking the HHS – remember the one who was a fan of two prominent rightwing talkers ?

      • 68 desertflower
        March 30, 2014 at 6:06 pm

        Nina from Long Island??? 🙂 The Hannity Stalker?

        • 69 globalcitizenlinda
          March 30, 2014 at 6:15 pm

          yes, the one and only ;

          remember her idiot question was whether any Obamacare enrollees had paid premium- like the insurance would let you get away with no pay;

          you see this is how the rightwing garbage travels through the system and riles up people to hate others they consider “unworthy of help”;

          do not be surprised if by tomorrow, this will the talking point from “journalists” who are bound to ask the WH Press Secretary that nonsense – bet on tapper, karl or chuck tood

  33. 70 forus50
    March 30, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    omg, this is too real. RWNJ scipt and the end.

  34. 86 Vicki
    March 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Attn: Media adept TOD
    Paul Krugman has a good piece up now on “The media blackout of the ACA.”

  35. 92 daisydem
    March 30, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    So I have seen here today that it is VanGogh’s birthday, and Goya’s and the Irish playwright Sean O’Casey (TO THE IRISH!). My son just came back to tell me (he is a race horse fan) that 44 years ago today, a red colt was born in Virginia, with 3 white socks, and a white streak on his head. They named him Secretariat! And today is my birthday too! Yes, it is DaisyDem’s birthday and I am having a quiet at home, watching HGTV, checking out my backyard, and hanging on TOD looking at all the Souza pictures. The weather is nice; I should get out and do more ….. but I don’t wanna. There will be a martini for me a little later and some Kung Pao chicken from my latest fave Asian restaurant.

  36. 125 dotster3
    March 30, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    If chips is around, maybe she can help me show off “my” cheerleader grandbabe. Chips always has to rescue my weak attempt to share photos.

  37. 127 Nena20409
    March 30, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Finally…..Caught Up with R&S. Thanks again.

  38. 129 globalcitizenlinda
    March 30, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    • 130 susanne
      March 30, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      kerry’s resilience and dogged optimism are inspiring. i think he’s a very tough negotiator– see how he’s got lavrov’s hand way over by his body? and the lean forward, too. no slinking away, lavvy!

    • 131 Nena20409
      March 30, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      Kerry is a Work Horse. Goodness at 70 going on 71 come Dec 11…..he is something else.

      Salute to SoS Kerry 🍸

      • 132 nathkatun7
        March 30, 2014 at 9:11 pm

        You are absolutely right, Nena. John Kerry is “a Work Horse” with incredible stamina. I am only a couple of years younger than Sec. Kerry. Two months ago I took a three week trip to Europe and Africa. When I came back I was so wiped out. It took me a couple of weeks to recover. And my trip was for pleasure; Sec. Kerry has to deal with bullies like Putin and Bibi.

  39. 133 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Today is also Eric Clapton’s birthday. This is for our DaisyDem! 😀

  40. 136 JER
    March 30, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    LIVE NOW: Secretary of State John Kerry Remarks In Paris – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  41. 141 JER
    March 30, 2014 at 5:49 pm

  42. 142 forus50
    March 30, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    amk might be right on with his bet. Charles Gaba updated the 3/31 projected number just now to 6.72!! That’s rounded up to 7 million. (and if this was a GOP goal it would be rounded up to 10 million) http://acasignups.net/

    • 143 globalcitizenlinda
      March 30, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      get them – cheating gop (exhibit A: contesting the vote OH for PBO)

    • 144 nathkatun7
      March 30, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      This is impressive, by any standards! I clearly remember when Medicare was enacted. It took time to catch on. Yes, Medicare also faced GOP opposition, but not as sustained and vile as the ACA has faced. Besides, Democrats controlled Congress; which means that Congress didn’t waste time voting to repeal Medicare. More importantly, opposition to Medicare was not aided and abetted by the National media. Contrast to our current, so called mainstream, media, which have been aiding and abetting teabag/GOP opposition to the ACA. The media have done that by amplifying and sensationalizing ACA websites glitches, white refusing to cover all the good news about the ACA.

  43. 145 forus50
    March 30, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    It’s driving me crazy the podium or the camera angle on Kerry is tilted. Ok,…will try not to pay attention to it…

  44. 146 Nena20409
    March 30, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    So CNN has decided to carry SoS Kerry’s presser in Paris….. Wow…..How long before they will terminate the feed/video?

  45. 147 Nena20409
    March 30, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Israel issue? I thought this was about Ukraine and Russia?

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