139 Responses to “Behind The Lens: Pete Souza”

  1. June 24, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this interview. Thank you, Nerdy!!

    • June 24, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      so do i meta….his connection with the President and his family is profound…just makes me appreciate President Obama’s time in the WH even more…and i will stand tall against anyone who tries to besmirch it…

  2. 6 Nerdy Wonka
    June 24, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Karma can be funny.

  3. 9 Nerdy Wonka
    June 24, 2017 at 1:01 pm

  4. June 24, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    UGH. We will likely learn on Monday (last day of current session) whether these rumors about Justice Kennedy retiring from SCOTUS are true. If so, say goodbye to Roe v Wade.

    • 13 Don
      June 24, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      I will never forget about a conversation I had a long time ago with a friend that was conservative, and when I say conservative the guy had a Ronald Reagan coffee mug. Anyway he told me a long time ago that even if the supreme court turned conservative they would never overturn Roe v Wade because that would get rid of the goose that laid the golden egg. He explained to me that the fight against Roe v Wade was one of the main pillars that the Republican Party used to get donations. He said that the end of Roe v Wade would be an end to one of their main revenue streams. Yes, it doesn’t make sense.

  5. June 24, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Good afternoon Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Saturday afternoon. Congrats Carol, on being first this afternoon.

    Nerdy, thanks so much for helping Ms. Chips and for the sacrifices you’re making for us TOD’ers. 💫🙏👌👊❤

    To all, although your mind at times may want to focus on the past, work to stay-in-the-moment, be forward-looking, and forward-thinking today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    I am thankful to God that I lived to witness one of the greatest President of The United States of America in President Barack Hussein Obama ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  6. June 24, 2017 at 1:04 pm

  7. 20 desertflower
    June 24, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    You don’t say….wonder who would do such a thing?

  8. June 24, 2017 at 1:12 pm

  9. 24 desertflower
    June 24, 2017 at 1:15 pm

  10. June 24, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    • 26 desertflower
      June 24, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      I can not WAIT to get this beautiful Pete Sousa book:) I will cherish every page. And remember what goodness looked like.

  11. 27 desertflower
    June 24, 2017 at 1:27 pm

  12. 28 desertflower
    June 24, 2017 at 1:29 pm

  13. June 24, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    I sent a email to Sen. Heller and tank him for standing up for the elderly, sick, disable, young who depends on Medicaid to survive,

  14. 35 desertflower
    June 24, 2017 at 1:39 pm

  15. 36 globalcitizenlinda
    June 24, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Yes, during this week, I saw those reminders about SCOTUS and a possible retirement of one of the Associate Justices;

    Maddow did a segment on it yesterday and explained why the news could come on Monday and the impact it would be if it is Justice Kennedy;

    I used to think that when the nation is in crisis, people in critical positions realize that the actions they take are likely to worsen the national crisis. Based on this crisis then those people choose to do the right thing in the interest of the nation.

    but the republicans demonstrate that country does not matter, only accumulating power and wealth do;

    consider the possibility that SCOTUS could be required to decide about any challenges that arise in Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation;

    then I remembered reading an article that was linked here which included an explanation of the close relationship between Justice Kennedy and the homegrown demagogue’s family;

    couple that with what SCOTUS did to the nation in Bush Vs Gore and the role O’Connor and Kennedy played;

    Based on this I am under no illusion that Justice Kennedy will do the right thing and not retire at the end of this court’s term (on Monday);

    I am also looking at the list of the other possible retirements:

    The justices, ordered by seniority, are:
    Anthony Kennedy. July 23, 1936.
    Clarence Thomas. June 23, 1948.
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg. March 15, 1933.
    Stephen Breyer. August 15, 1938.

    we will take whatever news in stride but I have only one thing to say:

    Heavens, Help this nation and the world

  16. 38 desertflower
    June 24, 2017 at 1:43 pm

  17. 39 desertflower
    June 24, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Here’s my good dream about Justice Kennedy…depending on what happens with the fraud and all his cronies….maybe Gorsuch will have to leave the bench because a treasonous fraud that did harm to the country he swore to protect, and is illegitimate, so therefore can not choose a SC justice…..Kennedy stays, at least until Dems get majority in Senate/House. I can dream

    • 40 Don
      June 24, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      Kennedy is the key, but Roberts might be the whole ballgame. Even though his record is abysmal when it comes to voting rights, he did vote in favor of Obamacare. Every once in a while one of these conservative justices will surprise you. Hopefully you are right about Gorsuch, he is looney fucking tunes.

  18. 41 desertflower
    June 24, 2017 at 1:48 pm

  19. 42 Don
    June 24, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Bernie probably told Jane “Listen Doll, the heat is after us; we need to scram because we ain’t going to the big house, don’t get on the horn it’s probably bugged. I don’t trust those coppers for nothing.”

  20. 48 JER
    June 24, 2017 at 1:50 pm

  21. 52 GGail
    June 24, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    NW, thanks so much for posting this video. LOVE me some Pete Souza. Can’t wait for my book!!!

    btw, what does TFW mean? I can’t figure it out. LOL

    • June 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      That feeling when……..

      Good morning!

      • 54 GGail
        June 24, 2017 at 2:02 pm

        Thank you sweetie meta!
        Good morning to you too ❤
        Our weather is quite comfortable – right now. Hope yours is too.

        • June 24, 2017 at 2:14 pm

          OMG, the fog really rolled the last few nights, thank goodness. Today is bright and sunny, warming up but not too hot. Haven’t ventured out yet today…..This is pride weekend so there’s an extra million people in town!

  22. 56 JER
    June 24, 2017 at 1:56 pm

  23. June 24, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Great job Pete Souza.

  24. 58 GGail
    June 24, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    So, I just finished eating my two fortune cookies from my dinner last night and a question formed in my mind…does anyone play the lotto numbers on the back of the fortune cookie note?

  25. June 24, 2017 at 2:11 pm

  26. 74 desertflower
    June 24, 2017 at 2:18 pm


  27. June 24, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    IDK if this was posted on TOD before..forgive me if it was, but I watched this segment on @Lawrence last night
    relating to Medicaid cuts and found it riveting. Watch the entire 15 min segment if u can. The EVIL of the GOP
    cannot be highlighted any better.

  28. 80 JER
    June 24, 2017 at 2:22 pm


    …Wearing a blue T-shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers, Obama was seen relaxed and smiling when he embarked from the plane, witnesses reported. Meanwhile, former First Lady Michelle Obama, who wore a white T-shirt and blue jeans walked by his side. Obama’s daughters, Malia and Sasha, also joined the vacation. … More here: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/06/23/obama-arrives-in-bali.html

  29. 93 whenpamelawandered
    June 24, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    #bevigilant #dontbeafraid #keepyoutheheart

  30. June 24, 2017 at 2:50 pm


  31. June 24, 2017 at 2:53 pm


  32. 100 Dudette
    June 24, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Heeeeeere’s Sally!

  33. 101 Dudette
    June 24, 2017 at 3:04 pm

  34. June 24, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    That’s what a leader does:

    • 103 sherijr
      June 24, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Every member of Congress should do the same- finally someone who saw something wrong and remembered they have the power to possibly right that wrong.

  35. June 24, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    When the wealthy need healthcare their local hospital might not be there because they’ve gone bankrupt trying to collect unpaid ER bills.

    • 105 desertflower
      June 24, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Then they’ll fly off to Europe….

      • 106 globalcitizenlinda
        June 24, 2017 at 4:58 pm

        not if it is in the dead of night and it is a medical emergency …. been there last year …. remember distance between Riverside & OSU by squad speed (maybe 7 minutes)? …. squad couldn’t get to OSU so chose the former …. life comes at anyone fast

  36. 108 JER
    June 24, 2017 at 3:47 pm

  37. 110 desertflower
    June 24, 2017 at 3:52 pm


    Republicans complained about the individual mandate in the ACA for seven years, but on Monday, they are going to put a provision in their bill requiring people to buy their crappy no coverage health insurance. The problem is that adding a requirement for coverage would violate the reconciliation rules and for the bill to need 60 votes to pass.

    Vox reported, “But the six-month waiting period could also complicate the Senate Republicans’ repeal efforts, because it may run afoul of the chamber’s complex reconciliation rules. Republicans are using what’s called “budget reconciliation” to pass their health care bill with a bare majority of 50 votes and avoid a Democratic filibuster. But the rules governing reconciliation restrict what policies the GOP can include in their bill — the waiting period is one of the provisions thought to be in doubt.”

    The reason why Republicans are now adding the individual mandate is that insurance companies didn’t like their plan to allow people to not have insurance. Insurers warned that allowing people to drop their health coverage would destabilize the market because healthy people would buy insurance only when they needed it.

    Idiots have no idea how to GOVERN. They just run around like the spoiled brats they are and break shit.

  38. June 24, 2017 at 4:04 pm


  39. 112 desertflower
    June 24, 2017 at 4:16 pm

  40. 113 Dudette
    June 24, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Okay, this made me laugh!
    Translation: “Among the funniest things I’ve seen.” No lie there! 😄

  41. June 24, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    And, IF they had been able to vote, what do you think the result in Florida would have been?

    Lips pursed.

  42. 115 desertflower
    June 24, 2017 at 4:20 pm

  43. 116 desertflower
    June 24, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Holy crap.

  44. 117 Dudette
    June 24, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    These babies singing Beyonce’s Listen so good I got stinkface! Dayum! Sang children! [Read the comments too – heeelarious!]

  45. 121 desertflower
    June 24, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    They’re cunning and underhanded that way…

    • 122 desertflower
      June 24, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      • 123 desertflower
        June 24, 2017 at 4:26 pm

  46. June 24, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    • 125 COS
      June 24, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      Beware of “purity”. These are the folks who were busy criticizing Hillary because she took money from Wall Street for speeches.

  47. 126 Dudette
    June 24, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Awww! Someone’s been slicing onions around here! ❤️

  48. 127 Dudette
    June 24, 2017 at 4:48 pm

  49. 128 Dudette
    June 24, 2017 at 4:50 pm

  50. 129 Dudette
    June 24, 2017 at 4:56 pm

  51. 130 desertflower
    June 24, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Both offices (local and DC) for Senator Flake have full mailboxes. I suspect people calling to say, ” KEEP YOUR GRUBBY HANDS OFF MY HEALTHCARE!!”

  52. June 24, 2017 at 5:09 pm

  53. 132 Dudette
    June 24, 2017 at 5:12 pm

  54. 133 Dudette
    June 24, 2017 at 5:16 pm

  55. 135 Dudette
    June 24, 2017 at 5:21 pm

  56. 137 Dudette
    June 24, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Please, please don’t retire. Please!

  57. 138 Dudette
    June 24, 2017 at 5:28 pm

  58. 139 Dudette
    June 24, 2017 at 5:29 pm


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