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White House photographer Pete Souza’s White House photo of the day: Front of the bus or wherever he wants. 
President Obama takes a seat on the bus made famous by Rosa Parks. He did this at the Henry Ford Museum. I’m a little disappointed in Pete and the Prez for the lack of nuance. But oh well.
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(credit: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo caption: President Barack Obama sits on the famed Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum following an event in Dearborn, Mich., April 18, 2012.)
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White House photographer Pete Souza’s White House photo of the day: Front of the bus or wherever he wants.

President Obama takes a seat on the bus made famous by Rosa Parks. He did this at the Henry Ford Museum. I’m a little disappointed in Pete and the Prez for the lack of nuance. But oh well.

via whitehouse.gov

(credit: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo caption: President Barack Obama sits on the famed Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum following an event in Dearborn, Mich., April 18, 2012.)

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It’s impressive how the White House handled Netanyahu this week, especially optically (versus all these other times). Rather than encourage blowback with the public finger-wagging of a year ago May, Obama treated the war drum-pounding PM with straight-faced respect in a White House video. In Monday’s White House “Photo of the Day,” however, the day Bibi was on premises, Obama and Sec. of State Clinton are confidently featured but the visit is ignored.

via: White House “Photo of the Day” - March 2012


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It’s impressive how the White House handled Netanyahu this week, especially optically (versus all these other times). Rather than encourage blowback with the public finger-wagging of a year ago May, Obama treated the war drum-pounding PM with straight-faced respect in a White House video. In Monday’s White House “Photo of the Day,” however, the day Bibi was on premises, Obama and Sec. of State Clinton are confidently featured but the visit is ignored.

via: White House “Photo of the Day” - March 2012

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Uploaded a few days before the latest GOP debate, this photo of Obama, looking large/strong, talking to the Egyptian Field Marshal with an aide in the foreground on her knees, makes for an interesting contrast with the picture being constructed by the GOP candidates of a timid, feckless President.

via:White House Flickr

(photo: Pete Souza/White House caption: Members of President Barack Obama’s national security team listen as he talks on the phone with Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi of Egypt in the Oval Office, Jan. 20, 2012. Pictured, from left, are; Larry Pfeiffer, Deputy Director, White House Situation Room; Caroline Atkinson, Senior Director for International Economics; Steve Simon, Senior Director for Middle East and North Africa; Brooke Anderson, NSS Chief of Staff and Counselor; and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon. )

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Uploaded a few days before the latest GOP debate, this photo of Obama, looking large/strong, talking to the Egyptian Field Marshal with an aide in the foreground on her knees, makes for an interesting contrast with the picture being constructed by the GOP candidates of a timid, feckless President.

via:White House Flickr

(photo: Pete Souza/White House caption: Members of President Barack Obama’s national security team listen as he talks on the phone with Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi of Egypt in the Oval Office, Jan. 20, 2012. Pictured, from left, are; Larry Pfeiffer, Deputy Director, White House Situation Room; Caroline Atkinson, Senior Director for International Economics; Steve Simon, Senior Director for Middle East and North Africa; Brooke Anderson, NSS Chief of Staff and Counselor; and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon. )

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Some thoughts on the latest White House Flickr upload (and an itchy Obama ‘12 team working the edges of the GOP campaign): 
This photo was taken before Rand Paul’s airport TSA tantrum, but the key is in when Souza decided to post this otherwise unusable shot of “No drama, Obama” going through his own security.
The new meaning: “Now, was that so hard?’
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Some thoughts on the latest White House Flickr upload (and an itchy Obama ‘12 team working the edges of the GOP campaign):

This photo was taken before Rand Paul’s airport TSA tantrum, but the key is in when Souza decided to post this otherwise unusable shot of “No drama, Obama” going through his own security.

The new meaning: “Now, was that so hard?’

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I believe the photo shows the Obamas, right after the State of the Union, calling the parents of an American hostage rescued from Somalia. He may not have been able to mention the rescue in front of Congress during the SOTU (oh, damn), but look where he’s making his call: right in front of the Congress (on the wall)!  Hilarious bit of manipulation.



(photo: Pete Souza/White House via Politico
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I believe the photo shows the Obamas, right after the State of the Union, calling the parents of an American hostage rescued from Somalia. He may not have been able to mention the rescue in front of Congress during the SOTU (oh, damn), but look where he’s making his call: right in front of the Congress (on the wall)!  Hilarious bit of manipulation.

(photo: Pete Souza/White House via Politico

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Tags #Obama    #SOTU    #Pete Souza    #Somali rescue    #hostage rescue    #news    #politics    #photography    #photojournalism   

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A fascinating look at Michelle from the the latest White House batch. 
Speaks to: 1. How much she can command the center even in the background or off to the side. 2. On one level, yes, like any first lady, she’s also an ornament. But she’s also radiant, shimmering. The epitome of the holiday. 3. Then, picking up on the crossed legs, there are some relationship dynamics. As the caption below reveals, it’s not lost on the White House when Barack — admittedly, a little tied up as leader of the free world, but also a known wonk — keeps Michelle waiting.
via: Washington Post. White House 2011: The Year in Photos
(photo credit: Pete Souza/White House  caption:  Interrupting a Christmas holiday photo line, the president confers with Rob Nabors, assistant to the president for legislative affairs, about the latest developments in the payroll tax cut extension as the first lady waits in the background.) 
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A fascinating look at Michelle from the the latest White House batch.

Speaks to: 1. How much she can command the center even in the background or off to the side. 2. On one level, yes, like any first lady, she’s also an ornament. But she’s also radiant, shimmering. The epitome of the holiday. 3. Then, picking up on the crossed legs, there are some relationship dynamics. As the caption below reveals, it’s not lost on the White House when Barack — admittedly, a little tied up as leader of the free world, but also a known wonk — keeps Michelle waiting.

via: Washington Post. White House 2011: The Year in Photos

(photo credit: Pete Souza/White House caption: Interrupting a Christmas holiday photo line, the president confers with Rob Nabors, assistant to the president for legislative affairs, about the latest developments in the payroll tax cut extension as the first lady waits in the background.)

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 From the latest White House Flickr upload.  Though not mentioned anymore, this perfectly illustrates Obama’s “team of rivals” approach. You bang. I chill. Not sure he applies it as well, but it reminiscent of Phil Jackson’s method with the old Bulls and Lakers.
via: Washington Post. White House 2011: The Year in Photos
(photo credit:  Pete Souza/White House  caption:  Usually the best moments at meetings are before and after the participants actually sit down. In this case, though, there was an interesting juxtaposition of gestures as the president and vice president met with the House Democratic leadership in the Oval Office.) 
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From the latest White House Flickr upload.  Though not mentioned anymore, this perfectly illustrates Obama’s “team of rivals” approach. You bang. I chill. Not sure he applies it as well, but it reminiscent of Phil Jackson’s method with the old Bulls and Lakers.

via: Washington Post. White House 2011: The Year in Photos

(photo credit: Pete Souza/White House caption: Usually the best moments at meetings are before and after the participants actually sit down. In this case, though, there was an interesting juxtaposition of gestures as the president and vice president met with the House Democratic leadership in the Oval Office.)

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From the latest White House Flickr upload…

 Apparently, Obama and Biden have different arms suppliers

…One more thing: if you check out the caption, Souza is getting downright conversational. (Could be time of year? Social media consulting advise?)


(photo: Official White House Photos by Pete Souza and David Lienemann caption: June 11, 2011
“The top photograph shows the President having a water gun fight with his daughter Sasha on her birthday weekend at Camp David. Unbeknownst to me, David Lienemann captured a similar photo of the Vice President on the very same day.”)
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From the latest White House Flickr upload…

Apparently, Obama and Biden have different arms suppliers

…One more thing: if you check out the caption, Souza is getting downright conversational. (Could be time of year? Social media consulting advise?)

(photo: Official White House Photos by Pete Souza and David Lienemann caption: June 11, 2011 “The top photograph shows the President having a water gun fight with his daughter Sasha on her birthday weekend at Camp David. Unbeknownst to me, David Lienemann captured a similar photo of the Vice President on the very same day.”)

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Another interesting pic from the latest White House Flickr batch. Call it:  Australia waiting in the wings. Three days before Obama announced that American troops would be stationed in Australia, we get this picture from the APEC summit in Honolulu. It’s a nice shot simply for the fact that Australia’s President  Prime Minister Gillard is incidental to the two leaders in the foreground, and wasn’t mentioned in the caption.  (Beware the “boy’s club” accusations.) I also wonder if Hu knew about the upcoming announcement at this point. And then, how rare is it to see Obama with a closed fist?


(photo: Pete Souza/White House caption: resident Barack Obama talks with President Hu Jintao of China at the conclusion of a meeting during the APEC summit in Honolulu, Hawaii, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011. )
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Another interesting pic from the latest White House Flickr batch. Call it: Australia waiting in the wings. Three days before Obama announced that American troops would be stationed in Australia, we get this picture from the APEC summit in Honolulu. It’s a nice shot simply for the fact that Australia’s President Prime Minister Gillard is incidental to the two leaders in the foreground, and wasn’t mentioned in the caption. (Beware the “boy’s club” accusations.) I also wonder if Hu knew about the upcoming announcement at this point. And then, how rare is it to see Obama with a closed fist?

(photo: Pete Souza/White House caption: resident Barack Obama talks with President Hu Jintao of China at the conclusion of a meeting during the APEC summit in Honolulu, Hawaii, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011. )

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Tags #Obama    #photography    #Pete Souza    #White House    #Australia    #White House Flickr    #Hu    #Gillard    #APEC    #photojournalism   

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"It’s not about me, Steve."

As Obama obsesses over his legacy and his standing among the pantheon of great presidents, he makes it all-too-easy to look at this new photo on the WH Flickr stream as presenting a forced choice between Lincoln and MLK.

Transcript of 60 Minutes interview.

(photo: Pete Souza/White House caption: President Barack Obama talks with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in the Oval Office, Nov. 1, 2011. )
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"It’s not about me, Steve."

As Obama obsesses over his legacy and his standing among the pantheon of great presidents, he makes it all-too-easy to look at this new photo on the WH Flickr stream as presenting a forced choice between Lincoln and MLK.

Transcript of 60 Minutes interview.

(photo: Pete Souza/White House caption: President Barack Obama talks with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in the Oval Office, Nov. 1, 2011. )

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