End Of An Era: Last Photos Of Obama's Presidency From Official Photographer

11 January, 2017 at 14:33 | by Shivraj Jadhav

It is a matter of a few weeks until Barack Obama leaves his office as the President of the United States of America, making way for an orange orang-utan. Obama had two good tenures in which he did a lot of reforms, strengthened ties with many nations and truly showed us that the most powerful man in the world need not be a serious-faced man all the time. His photos, clicked by Pete Souza, the official White House photographer, depict all the joyous and brooding moments of Obama. Now, Souza has published some more photos of Obama from his last year as the president. 

On the blog where he published these photos, he wrote “As always, the editing for this project is both subjective and personal. Yes, there are some historic moments included but mostly I was looking for behind-the-scenes moments that give people a more personal look at the President and First Lady.”

Here is how Souza clicked and explained these photos.

“The President was about to welcome local children for Halloween trick-or-treating when he ran into Superman Walker Earnest, son of Press Secretary Josh Earnest, in the Ground Floor Corridor of the White House. ‘Flex those muscles,’ he said to Walker.”

Feb. 16, 2016: “President Obama reacts as his putt falls just short during an impromptu hole of golf with staffers Joe Paulsen, left, and Marvin Nicholson after the U.S.-ASEAN Summit at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, Calif.”

Feb. 23, 2016: “This photograph evokes the President in deep thought, which is not always an easy mood to convey. He was prepping with his national security staff before a teleconference with European leaders.”

March 16, 2016: “It just happened spontaneously one afternoon as the President began dancing in the Outer Oval with Personal Aide Ferial Govashiri. As I recall, he was helping her practice for her upcoming wedding.”

April 22, 2016: “Originally it was unclear whether I would be permitted to photograph the President meeting Prince George. But the night before, our advance team called and said they had gotten word from Kensington Palace that they would allow me access to make candid photographs during their visit. Afterwards, this photograph garnered the most attention but at the time all I could think was how the table at right was hindering my ability to be at the optimum angle for this moment.”

June 4, 2016: “The Vice President chases children and members of the press with a super soaker during the 2016 Biden Beach Boardwalk Bash held at the Naval Observatory Residence in Washington, D.C.”

June 22, 2016: “The great thing about children is you just don’t know what they will do in the presence of the President. So when David Axelrod stopped by the Oval Office with one of his sons’ family, Axe’s granddaughter, Maelin, crawled onto the Vice President’s seat while the President continued his conversation with the adults. Then at one point, Maelin glanced over just as the President was looking back at her.”

Aug. 4, 2016: “With some staff watching in the background, President Obama blows out candles after the Vice President surprised him with some birthday cupcakes.”

Sept. 12, 2016: “The First Lady goes shopping at a CVS Pharmacy in preparation for life after the White House during a segment taping for the Ellen DeGeneres Show in Burbank, Calif.”

Nov. 24, 2016: “President Obama leads a prayer before hosting Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends on the State Floor of the White House.”

Nov. 10, 2016: “Two days after the election, the President meets with President-elect Donald Trump.”

Heart-warming? Hell yeah!

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