Posts Tagged ‘Photographs


2011 in photos (a salute to pete souza & his team)

YouTube have blocked the video in some countries because of the music used, if you can’t see it try this:

Have a lovely day tomorrow everyone – or today, if you’re one of our Australian or New Zealand friends!

I just want to thank you all for keeping me company on this amazing journey. So many highs, so many lows, it’s been a bumpy ride. But on the bad days we’ve raised each others’ spirits, and I can never ever thank you enough for that.

You make me think, learn, smile, laugh, cry, the whole lot, I’m richer for knowing you all. You’re just the very loveliest bunch of people.

My heart goes out to those of you who have lost loved ones in the last year or two, I know Christmas will be desperately lonely for you. If you ever need a friend, drop in here – you’ll always find support. And take good care of yourself.

Wishing you all good health and happiness, we’ve a busy year ahead, I need you fired up and ready to go – okay?

Love ya.


Between periods of recovery from turkey overload I’ll carry on posting any updates from Hawaii over the next few days, so don’t go away ;-)


ABC: “20/20″ visited two New York City schools to talk to students and get their feedback on the president. We asked students in grades five through 12 at Frederick Douglass Academy and P.S. 199 Jessie Isador Straus School to describe the president in one word. Watch below to see what they came up with:


First Lady Michelle Obama reacts while talking on the phone to children across the country as part of the annual NORAD Tracks Santa program. Mrs. Obama answered the phone calls from Kailua, Hawaii, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



new york

Ground zero is seen from the north side of the site, May 5

President Obama boards Air Force One at the Andrews Air Force Base en route to New York


Marine One lands with President Obama at the Wall Street Landing Zone in New York

A Coast Guard boat patrols near the landing zone as President Obama arrives in New York



President Obama and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani meet with firefighters and first responders at Engine 54, Ladder 4

President Obama views a memorial honoring deceased members of the FDNY at Engine 54 Fire House



A poster in tribute to New York City Fire Fighters hangs on a phone booth outside the World Trade Center site, May 5

President Obama meets with police officers and first responders at the First Precinct

President Obama walks with, from left, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Port Authority Chairman David Samson, as they arrive for a wreath laying ceremony at the World Trade Center site



President Barack Obama meets with Avery Wall, left, and Payton Wall, whose father died in the attacks at the World Trader Center

President Obama hugs Diane Wall, whose husband Glen Wall perished in the twin towers on September 11

President Barack Obama’s motorcade heads across Barclay St after his visit to Ground Zero


guess who visited the lincoln memorial today? (videos added)

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

After signing a measure to keep the government open, President Obama visited the Lincoln Memorial and stated:

“Because Congress was able to settle its differences, that’s why this place is open today and everybody’s able to enjoy their visit. And that’s the kind of future cooperation I hope we have going forward. Because this is what America is all about: Everybody from different places enjoying those things that bind us together. It is wonderful to spend time with you guys, I hope you have a great time.”

(YouTube links to the same videos here and here)

President Barack Obama visits the Lincoln Memorial at the National Mall in Washington, Saturday, April 9


birthers & their photoshopping skills….

Media Matters: Jack Cashill, author of the charmingly insane book Deconstructing Obama, claims to have unearthed yet another shocking bombshell about Barack Obama’s past. According to Cashill’s WorldNetDaily column this morning, this photo of young Barack Obama and his grandparents in New York is a forgery into which Obama has been photoshopped:

Cashill writes: “The bench is real. The grandparents are real. The wall behind them is real. Barack Obama is not. He has been conspicuously photoshopped in. Who did this and why remains as much a mystery as Obama’s extended stay in New York.” He embeds a YouTube video that claims to have uncovered the “real” photo, seen below, in which Obama is nowhere to be seen:

Actually, to say Obama is “nowhere to be seen” isn’t quite accurate, given that the young future president’s right knee is still somehow visible in the “real” photo:

So yeah: Jack Cashill is a clownish buffoon. Be sure to tell that to the hosts of Fox & Friends the next time they have him on national television. Also, drop a line to Andrew Breitbart, who is quite enamored of Cashill’s “convincing work.”

Yep, that’s the new Huffy Post recruit.


This is pure gold ‘LOL’, thank you!


Loved this:

Alex Pareene (Salon): So, yes, this is actually just a picture of Barack Obama’s grandparents hanging out in New York, where they did not live and where Obama was attending college, without their grandson, who was I guess secretly in Pakistan, at the time. I think that’s what has been definitively proven here. Obama was being a Marxist Muslim in Pakistan.

But unmentioned by Cashill is the single most insidious part of this deception: While Barack Obama is nowhere to be found in the unretouched version of this photo, his knee is still in between in grandparents.

What was Barack Obama’s knee doing in New York, while the rest of him was in Pakistan, and Indonesia? Dealing drugs? Why are mainstream journalists afraid to ask tough questions about the president’s detachable knee? The people have a right to know!


did i mention that i love pete souza?

(As requested, a longer version of the original video I posted)

The music is by Deborah Lurie, from the soundtrack for An Unfinished Life


happy presidents day!

Music: Mitch’s Dream by Deborah Lurie



President Obama talks with speechwriter Cody Keenan aboard Air Force One on the flight to Tucson, Jan. 12

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are greeted by officials after arriving at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson

….greeting Ron Barber, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ district director, and members of his family at University Medical Center in Tucson

…..greeting shooting victims and their family members at the University of Arizona’s McKale Memorial Center. Pam Simon, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ outreach coordinator who was shot twice, sits in the background.

….with members of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ staff at the University of Arizona’s McKale Memorial Center

President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, listen as Daniel Hernandez delivers remarks during the memorial service

Homeland Security Secretary and former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano stands with Mark Kelly

People embrace as President Obama makes mention of first responders, medical personnel, and those who helped stop the gunman, during the memorial service

Daniel Hernandez, the 20-year-old intern credited with saving the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, receives a standing ovation

President Obama greets Mavy Stoddard and members of the Stoddard family. Dorwan Stoddard, Mavy’s husband, died while protecting her during Saturday’s shooting.

All Official White House Photos by Pete Souza and Chuck Kennedy



Pete Souza is the Chief Official White House Photographer

Music: Mitch’s Dream by Deborah Lurie


callie shell, photographer

Time: Photographer Callie Shell had extraordinary access to the Obama White House. In this video documentary, she describes how she captured her behind-the-scenes images of the first 100 days (May 2009)

Callie Shell’s book: President Obama – The Path to the White House


fox noise: “gazillions queue for palin’s dallas book signing!”

Salon: When the Mama Grizzly hit the Dallas area in 2009, crowds lined up to see her. This time around, it was a non-event.

I showed up about midday to talk with the Barnes & Noble store director, to see if I could get access as a photographer … basically, she said no, I couldn’t be in the store and take photos while Palin was there.

…. her reality television people were there filming the event. TLC managed to get Barnes & Noble to restrict other media access during the signing. The local news outlets could not videotape during the actual signing of the books; there were to be no print journalists allowed and no questions could be asked of Palin while she was in the store.

… Another big difference for this most recent bookstore appearance by Palin is that there seemed to be much less interest in her latest book, and perhaps in her.

Here’s the waiting line for patrons to get their books signed while Palin was in the store on Sunday:

Compare that with the line waiting outside in 20°F weather at the previous Palin event a full six hours before the doors opened (many waited in line for 14 hours) as seen here in December 2009:

At both Dallas-area events, there was a common theme. The people waiting to see her were devoted and enthusiastic followers, and almost all of them were a homogeneous demographic — there were very few people of color, which made that contrast stand out all the more.

One last note: At the Legacy Bookstore signing in 2009, Palin signed about 1,300 books. At the Barnes & Noble store, they set aside about 250 books for her to sign.

It was a non-event.


Jeez, not even her North Korean allies turned up

Reduced from $25.99 to $12.99, but still only 22nd in Amazon’s bestseller list …. one ahead of ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book’. Aw.


on camera

Pete Souza, Chief Official White House Photographer and Director of the White House Photography Office, will be taking part in a live Open for Questions event on Thursday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m. EDT. He’ll be answering your questions — from Flickr and Facebook — about White House photography, his position, specific photos, and whatever else you come up with in a live video chat.

see here


one year in

The President leans in to hear Economic Advisor Larry Summers at the end of the economic briefing

President Obama One Year In: An intimate look at the Commander in Chief on the day before the one-year anniversary of his administration. Photographs by Callie Shell for Time Magazine. More here







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