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The Obama White House Through The Lens Of Pete Souza

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President Barack Obama holds the baby daughter of former staff members Darienne Page Rakestraw and London Rakestraw in the Ground Floor Corridor of the White House, July 1, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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First Lady Michelle Obama hugs Braeden Mannering, the 2013 Kids’ State Dinner winner from Delaware, after he introduced her at the Kids’ State Dinner in the East Room of the White House, July 18, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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President Barack Obama greets audience members after he delivered remarks on the economy at the Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington, D.C., July 1, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with Ken Burns as part of an interview for a PBS documentary about Jackie Robinson, in the White House Library, July 3, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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President Barack Obama greets Airman First Class Karen Mae Manalo with other citizenship candidates in the Blue Room prior to a naturalization ceremony for active duty military, military dependents, reservists and veterans at the White House, July 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama greets a young girl after he delivered remarks on the economy at Cheesman Park in Denver, Colo., July 9, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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First Lady Michelle Obama discusses Millennium Development Goals with students during a visit to Global Kids, Inc. in New York, N.Y., July 10, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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President Barack Obama jokes with Mattina Falco, 19-year-old Make-A-Wish recipient from Worchester, Mass., as she sits at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, July 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez pose for a selfie before the 85th Annual League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Convention and Exposition in New York, N.Y., July 10, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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Vice President Joe Biden talks with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough in the Oval Office, July 2, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama greets audience members after he delivers remarks on the economy at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, July 10, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama greets patrons at the Charcoal Pit restaurant in Wilmington, Del., July 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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First Lady Michelle Obama joins the cast of Disney’s “The Lion King” onstage after their performance at the Kids’ State Dinner in the East Room of the White House, July 18, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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President Barack Obama greets patrons at Canter’s Delicatessen in Los Angeles, Calif., July 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama greets HUD staff following remarks at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C., July 31, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden share a laugh in the Oval Office July 21, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


124 Responses to “The Obama White House Through The Lens Of Pete Souza”


  1. 4 miss pat
    September 11, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Where is everybody?

  2. 6 57andfemale
    September 11, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Silver?

  3. 8 hopefruit2
    September 11, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Congrats NCLB on #1 🙂

  4. 9 57andfemale
    September 11, 2014 at 2:35 pm

  5. 10 Nena20409
    September 11, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Another Gem of a Thread NW. Fantastic.
    NCLB is the Au ⭐ winner 😉

  6. 11 hopefruit2
    September 11, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    LOL – this is too funny.

  7. 13 GGAIL
    September 11, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I laugh every time I see the SS pealing that lady`s arm from around PBO` neck.

    Thanks NW for posting these 🙂

  8. 17 hopefruit2
    September 11, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    When will the President give us a statement/speech/address on this matter?

  9. 18 Nena20409
    September 11, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Wow…..a Molotov was thrown? In MO? In Congressman’s Office? Holy smokes.

  10. 21 Nerdy Wonka
    September 11, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    • 22 Gazelle
      September 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      NW, I was just about to comment on that photo after looking at Pete’s flicker pages. That little boy is grabbing on for dear life. Not.Letting.You.Go! Kids, the elderly, heck, all of us would just love to hold on to him too! 🙂 One thing I noticed, the elderly either touch his cheek as one would with someone close to your heart. Or they shake his hand with both of theirs. Or just plain kiss his hand! Little kids just hug both POTUS & FLOTUS, real tight! And are just plain comfortable with them.

    • 25 CEB
      September 11, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      This is my favorite one in the group.

    • 26 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      September 11, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      PRECIOUS INDEED!

  11. 27 57andfemale
    September 11, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I’m waiting for Mark Kirk (IL-liar) to say he ‘voted yes’ to end CU, when he only voted to allow debate and filibustered the actual vote.

  12. September 11, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Love this set, NW! Good vibes all around him.

  13. 32 Judith Fardig
    September 11, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Pete Souza is a genius at illuminating the humanity of the Obama Presidency! So many treasured pictures, but that top one is my current fave!

  14. 33 hopefruit2
    September 11, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Jovie this is where Rover is now!

  15. September 11, 2014 at 2:47 pm

  16. 36 Nerdy Wonka
    September 11, 2014 at 2:57 pm

  17. 37 Nena20409
    September 11, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    So it was really not a joke?

  18. 44 Nena20409
    September 11, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/apnewsbreak-us-sharply-cutting-deportations-25434627

    President Barack Obama, who has postponed until after Election Day his plans that could shield millions of immigrants from deportation, is already on pace this year to deport the fewest number of immigrants since at least 2007.

    According to an analysis of Homeland Security Department figures by The Associated Press, the federal agency responsible for deportations sent home 258,608 immigrants between the start of the budget year last October and July 28 this summer. During the same period a year earlier, it removed 320,167 people — a decrease of nearly 20 percent.

    Over the same period ending in July 2012, Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported 344,624 people, some 25 percent more than this year, according to the federal figures obtained by the AP.

    The figures, contained in weekly internal reports marked “Official Use Only,” reflect the marked decline in deportations even as Obama has delayed announcing what changes he will make to U.S. immigration policies. Immigration advocates widely expect Obama to reduce the number of immigrants who are deported, a particularly sensitive issue in many states. Since Obama took office, his administration has removed more than 2.1 million immigrants.

  19. 48 debz
    September 11, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Every time I see the way people react to the President, I wonder, what planet are the msm and pollsters on?? Seriously, regular people like POTUS. Who can even believe the low poll numbers, or the talking heads trying to convince themselves that every hates PBO.

    • 49 Obama Grandmama
      September 11, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      Sort of like in ’08 when we saw huge crowds for Obama and empty chairs and smaller crowds for McCain yet the polls told us McCain was more popular.

  20. September 11, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Lovely pics and stories from yesterday and today. Nice to balance the horrific memories with heartwarming photos from Pete Souza. Nerdy, you really know how to make a mini story out of a picture.

  21. 52 57andfemale
    September 11, 2014 at 3:47 pm

  22. 58 jacquelineoboomer
    September 11, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Sometimes you accidentally look at the comments section on some link … and just want to pull the blanket up over your head. So many people are heartless and cruel. I try not to wish bad things on people, but am a tiny bit comforted that Karma’s a bitch.

    I need to keep repeating to myself: “There’s an endless supply of paint.” As we all do!

  23. September 11, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    ————————–

    Would a remnant force of U.S. soldiers have stopped the rise of a new Sunni insurgency, led by jihadists, under the divisive Maliki regime? That seems a doubtful assertion, no matter how often or how angrily McCain says so. What seems considerably less arguable, however, is a simpler thesis: Without the invasion of Iraq, ISIS would never have been spawned.

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  24. 62 57andfemale
    September 11, 2014 at 4:19 pm

  25. September 11, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    • 64 japa21
      September 11, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      Problem is, people will ignore the year and that this happened under Bush and just use it to criticize PBO’s administration.

  26. September 11, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Jackie has tweeted her awesome idea for GOTV.

  27. September 11, 2014 at 4:30 pm

  28. 70 Nena20409
    September 11, 2014 at 4:36 pm

  29. 76 Nena20409
    September 11, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    So Cruz also walked out?

    Hmm? Cruz just can’t handle Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooos by righties?

  30. 77 Nena20409
    September 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Well……it took over 72 hours of endless loops?

    Wow…..Now finally, some common sense?

    http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_26514158/networks-say-theyre-no-longer-showing-ray-rice

    NEW YORK — At least four television networks say they plan to stop or minimize airings of video showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiancee and knocking her unconscious, footage that has called into question how the NFL disciplines players involved in domestic violence.

    ESPN…..CNN….ABC…..Fox…..thus far.

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  33. September 11, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Oh, Nerdy, these are wonderful photos. If I met Pres Obama I would be like the white-haired woman at the Charcoal Cafe. I would just love to pat his cheek and tell him how wonderful I think he is. So uplifting to see POTUS and FLOTUS with people. There is so much love there going both ways.

  34. 88 yardarm756
    September 11, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    On this date…….

    Events

    2001 9-11 Hijackers crash two planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Shortly after, both towers collapsed. A third aircraft was crashed into the Pentagon. A fourth plane crashed into a rural field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The official count was 2,986 deaths in the attacks including the hijackers.

    1998 Clinton-Lewinsky Affair The Ken Starr report is released by Congress, detailing the President’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Clinton had previously denied having sexual relations with her.

    1979 National Hunting and Fishing Day is declared by Presidential proclamation. To be celebrated yearly on the 4th Saturday in September.

    1974 Longest major-league baseball game The San Francisco Giants beat the New York Mets (8-6) after a 23-inning game lasting 7 hours and 23 minutes.

    1962 The Beatles The group begins recording their first album, Please Please Me.

    1959 Food stamps are authorized by Congress.

    1950 Dick Tracy debuts on ABC.

    1928 First televised play The Queen’s Messenger is broadcast by WGY of Schenectady, New York.

    1928 First U.S. transcontinental bus service The Yellow Bus Line between New York and Los Angeles begins service.

    1912 First airplane pilot captured during warfare An Italian pilot is captured when his plane was forced down.

    1903 Milwaukee Mile The Wisconsin track holds its first race. William Jones of Chicago wins a five lap speed contest. This is the oldest operating motor speedway in the world.

    1847 Oh! Susanna First professional performance of Stephen Foster’s song.

    1841 Tyler’s Cabinet Resigns The U.S. President’s entire cabinet, except the Secretary of State, resigns in protest of his vetoing the Banking Bill.

    1811 First steamboat on the Ohio River The New Orleans leaves Pittsburgh headed for New Orleans. It also became the first on the Mississippi.

    Births

    1962 Kristy McNichol American Emmy-winning actress. TV: Family (Buddy) and Empty Nest (Barbara).

    1953 Tommy Shaw American guitarist, with Styx. Music: Grand Illusion (1977), and Babe (1979, #1).

    1943 Lola Falana American actress, singer.

    1940 Brian De Palma American film director, Phantom of the Paradise (1974), Carrie (1976) and The Fury 1978.

    1928 Earl Holliman American actor. TV: Police Woman (Lt. Crowley).

    1924 Tom Landry d. 2000 American football player, coach for the Dallas Cowboys. He invented the “4-3 Defense.”

    1917 Ferdinand Edralin Marcos d. 1989 ousted leader of the Philippines.

    1913 Bear Bryant d. 1983 (Paul William Bryant), American football coach, the Crimson Tide (1958-82), the winningest coach in college football history (325 wins).

    1899 Jimmie Davis d. 2000 American politician, two-time governor of Louisiana (1944-48, 1960-64), and Country Music Hall of Famer. Music: You Are My Sunshine and Where the Old Red River Flows.

    1892 Vance DeBar “Pinto” Colvig d. 1967 voice of Sleepy and Grumpy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney’s Goofey, and voice of the original Bozo the Clown.

    1885 D.H. Lawrence d. 1930 (David Herbert Lawrence), English novelist. Writings: The Rainbow (1915) and Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1928).

    1862 O. Henry d. 1910 (William Sydney Porter), American short story author. He served three years in prison for embezzling bank funds.

    Deaths

    2009 Crystal Lee Sutton b. 1940 American union organizer. Due to poor working conditions, she helped unionize the workers at the J.P. Stevens textile plant in North Carolina. The film Norma Rae (1979, starring Sally Field) was based on her efforts.

    2003 John Ritter b. 1948 (Jonathan Southworth Ritter), American Emmy-winning actor. TV: Three’s Company (Jack Tripper), The Waltons (Rev. Fordwick), and 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (the Father).

    2002 Johnny Unitas b. 1933 American football Hall of Famer, 3-time Player of the Year (1959, 64, 67), and was named greatest player of all time.

    1994 Jessica Tandy b. 1909 English Oscar-Tony-Emmy winning actress. At age 80, she became the oldest person to receive an Oscar (Driving Miss Daisy). Stage: Streetcar Named Desire (1948, Blanche Dubois). Film: The Birds (1965) and Cocoon (1985).

    1987 Lorne Greene b. 1915 Canadian-born actor. TV: Bonanza (Ben Cartwright).

    1983 Harry Williams b. 1906 American inventor, “The Father of Pinball”. He created the first electric action pinball feature (1933): it would kick out a ball when a particular hole was hit. The first tilt device for pinball machines: it consisted of a ball which would fall off a pedestal onto a metal ring beneath, thus stopping play. He later invented the electric pendulum tilt as used in modern machines.

    1978 Georgi Markov b. 1929 Bulgarian dissident. While waiting at a bus stop, he was stabbed with an umbrella that inserted a ricin-filled pellet. He died several days later. It is believed that the KGB was behind the assassination.

    1972 Max Fleischer b. 1883 Austrian-born American animator. He and his brother Dave created Betty Boop and animated Popeye the Sailor. He also created Out of the Inkwell, which was the first popular animated cartoon series.

    1948 Quaid-i-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah b. 1876 Indian statesman, founder and first governor (1947-48) of Pakistan.

    1851 Sylvester W. Graham b. 1794 American reformer, invented the Graham cracker.

  35. 89 57andfemale
    September 11, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    McCain further shreds what is left of his credibility:

  36. September 11, 2014 at 5:37 pm

  37. 91 57andfemale
    September 11, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Still a tad sketchy, but we’re getting closer to a confirmation:

  38. September 11, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    But that obama guy he’s…

  39. 97 JER
    September 11, 2014 at 5:47 pm

  40. 98 57andfemale
    September 11, 2014 at 5:48 pm

  41. 99 JER
    September 11, 2014 at 5:48 pm

  42. September 11, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    One thing I’m finding exciting is the people who really do understand the Iraq/Syria/Saudi/ISIL situation and that they also understand Pres Obama and what he is doing. Once again I am so impressed with POTUS’ ability to understand and craft amazing strategies that deal with complexities there and also what he has to deal with here with the GOP and American people who want a simple solution. I couldn’t summarize this excellent article, but it’s well worth a read. This is my take: the region has been in turmoil of one type or another for hundreds of years. It’s been destabilized and is coming to a new balance. It’s up to them to create the type of government they truly want. Neocons in the US can’t handle their own feelings so when they panic they want to control and there is no frigging way we can control what is happening. But we can be a stabilizing force for as humane a balance as possible and give them a chance to work it out. I am so excited about our President! I feel like he understands the forces at work there and sees ways to apply pressure to the change that is happening, while still giving them the space to determine their own future. He is telling them it is up to them. As always I am so impressed with Pres Obama and thrilled to be a voter in his time in office.

    …Analysts will focus on his four-step program of fighting ISIL, but it is in the president’s analogies to his present battle that we find clues to what he really expects to happen. He says that this is not a war as Iraq and Afghanistan were wars, i.e. with the commitment of several divisions of conventional US ground troops…

    …Invoking Yemen and Somalia is a signal of minimalism in every way…..

    ….Look at his metaphors. He is telling those who have ears to hear that he is pulling a Yemen in Iraq and Syria. He knows very well what that implies. It is a sort of desultory, staccato containment from the air with a variety of grassroots and governmental forces joining in. Yemen is widely regarded as a failure, but perhaps it is only not a success. And perhaps that is all Obama can realistically hope for….

  43. 102 JER
    September 11, 2014 at 5:49 pm

  44. 104 57andfemale
    September 11, 2014 at 5:52 pm

  45. 105 JER
    September 11, 2014 at 6:03 pm

  46. 106 JER
    September 11, 2014 at 6:04 pm

  47. 112 Dudette
    September 11, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    NFL shoots themselves in the foot again

  48. 115 Dudette
    September 11, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Anybody know what this is about?

  49. 116 Dudette
    September 11, 2014 at 6:36 pm

  50. 117 donna dem 4 obama
    September 11, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Updated September 2014.

    • 118 Nena20409
      September 11, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      A Better Updated Version of events.
      Jan 2009 US lost 818K. Jan UE rate out 1st week in Feb 2009…..was 8.2%
      19 GOPers plus Frank Luntz……those 19 included Paul Ryan, Newt Gingrich, McCarthy, Jim DeMint, Tom Colburn, Eric Cantor, etc.

  51. 120 Dudette
    September 11, 2014 at 6:44 pm

  52. 121 donna dem 4 obama
    September 11, 2014 at 6:44 pm

  53. 122 globalcitizenlinda
    September 11, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    someone trying to test fate

  54. 123 hopefruit2
    September 11, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Hmm….

  55. 124 miss pat
    September 11, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    He might not go to prison. Money talks. I wonder if this young lady had reported him the other young lady would be alive? Maybe not. He will forever be known as a someone that killed an innocent person.


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