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This is the definitive visual biography of Barack Obama's presidency, captured in intimate, unprecedented detail by his official White House photographer. Pete Souza began photographing President Obama on his first day as a U.S. senator, in January 2005, and served as the chief official White House photographer for the President's full two terms. Souza was with President O This is the definitive visual biography of Barack Obama's presidency, captured in intimate, unprecedented detail by his official White House photographer. Pete Souza began photographing President Obama on his first day


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This is the definitive visual biography of Barack Obama's presidency, captured in intimate, unprecedented detail by his official White House photographer. Pete Souza began photographing President Obama on his first day as a U.S. senator, in January 2005, and served as the chief official White House photographer for the President's full two terms. Souza was with President O This is the definitive visual biography of Barack Obama's presidency, captured in intimate, unprecedented detail by his official White House photographer. Pete Souza began photographing President Obama on his first day as a U.S. senator, in January 2005, and served as the chief official White House photographer for the President's full two terms. Souza was with President Obama more often, and at more crucial moments, than any friend or staff member, or even the First Lady--and he photographed it all. Souza captured nearly 2 million photographs of Obama, in moments ranging from classified to disarmingly candid.This large-format (12"x10"), exquisitely produced book presents more than 300 of Souza's favorite and most iconic images from these historic years; many have never been seen before. This seminal work on the Obama presidency documents moments of national importance--including the historic image of the President and his advisors watching tensely in the Situation Room as the Bin Laden mission unfolded--alongside unguarded moments with the President's family, his many encounters with children, and his time spent interacting with world leaders, members of Congress, White House staff, artists, musicians and more.The photographs are paired with captions and stories providing behind-the-scenes context for each, and offer insight into the special relationship Souza and the President forged during their time together. The result is a stunning record of a landmark era in American history.Souza's work enabled us to feel that we knew the President. This book puts us in the White House with him.

10 review for Obama: An Intimate Portrait, Deluxe Limited Edition: The Historic Presidency in Photographs

  1. 4 out of 5

    Angela M

    “I have had the extraordinary privilege of being the man in the room for eight years, visually documenting President Obama for history. This book is a result of that effort. I gave it my all. I hope that the photographs that follow, accompanied by my words, will show you the true character of the man, and the essence of his Presidency, as seen through my eyes and felt through my heart. (Pete Souza from the introduction to his book.) The intent of my review is to let Mr. Souza know that he has do “I have had the extraordinary privilege of being the man in the room for eight years, visually documenting President Obama for history. This book is a result of that effort. I gave it my all. I hope that the photographs that follow, accompanied by my words, will show you the true character of the man, and the essence of his Presidency, as seen through my eyes and felt through my heart. (Pete Souza from the introduction to his book.) The intent of my review is to let Mr. Souza know that he has done an extraordinary job in achieving what he hoped in his introduction. I relived many of the moments with awe and respect for President Obama. There is not much text except a foreword by Barack Obama and an introduction by Pete Souza and a caption with the date of each of the over 300 stunning photographs, which Souza took in his official capacity of Chief White House photographer during Barack Obama’s two terms as President of the United States. There are though, a few photographs that are introduced with more than a caption, such as the one with the young black boy feeling the President’s hair, wanting to know if the hair felt like his, a meaningful moment, or a meeting on health care just before the Affordable Care Act passed, something that meant so much to the President or visiting a wounded soldier at Walter Reed Hospital or the photograph of the President and his advisors during the Osama Bin Laden Raid .The photos really say it all and then some about pivotal and intimate moments that Souza was privy to, seminal moments in our history. There is also the heartbreaking story of Sandy Hook, which is described by Obama as “the worst day of his presidency”. This is depicted in a photograph that is poignant and also telling of what an empathetic man he is. The family photos are beautiful with each of those pictures exuding his love of Michelle, Malia, and Sasha These photographs reminded me of this smart, caring president who put the country before himself, of a time when we had a president who could relate to children, who could grieve with those who lost loved ones and who could console, of a president whose intellect was apparent in his understanding of the issues affecting our country and the world, of a man who brought dignity to the office . Barack Obama wasn’t a perfect president. None of them were, but I am thankful for his eight years. This is a book that I will look at over and over again remembering how much he did and feeling grateful that he graced us with his presence in the White House. Pete Souza has done a magnificent job with this visual chronicle of Obama’s time in office , beautifully depicting the man, his legacy and the events of the time. Souza has such a keen eye for detail and a wonderful sense of knowing the moments other than the big events that tell us so much about President Obama. Thank you , Pete Souza! This book was my favorite Christmas present.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Malia

    I felt a gamut of emotions paging through this book, reading Souza's reflections and reminiscences, but mostly I felt proud. Obama was the first president I was old enough to vote for, and I did so twice with excitement and joy. It's a little heart-breaking to look at this book, which tells the story of eight years of a man's life, knowing that the man who succeeded him is doing his best to spit on all Obama tried to achieve for the betterment of the country. I know people were left behind, peop I felt a gamut of emotions paging through this book, reading Souza's reflections and reminiscences, but mostly I felt proud. Obama was the first president I was old enough to vote for, and I did so twice with excitement and joy. It's a little heart-breaking to look at this book, which tells the story of eight years of a man's life, knowing that the man who succeeded him is doing his best to spit on all Obama tried to achieve for the betterment of the country. I know people were left behind, people struggled and mistakes were made, but the biggest mistake happened on November 8, 2016 and it rhymes with dump.Find more reviews and bookish fun at http://www.princessandpen.com

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    I checked this book out from the library and now I am dying to purchase the book to have a copy at home. I discovered this book when I saw the junior novelization of it and placed a hold on the original. Cue 3 months later when my hold finally came in (there was a long list!) and I couldn't wait to rush home to read it. I had tears in my eyes when reading this book and looking at all the wonderful photos Pete Souza took. The part where I really had to hold back from crying was seeing the photos I checked this book out from the library and now I am dying to purchase the book to have a copy at home. I discovered this book when I saw the junior novelization of it and placed a hold on the original. Cue 3 months later when my hold finally came in (there was a long list!) and I couldn't wait to rush home to read it. I had tears in my eyes when reading this book and looking at all the wonderful photos Pete Souza took. The part where I really had to hold back from crying was seeing the photos of Obama's reaction to the Sandy Hook shooting. I smiled a lot whenever I saw photos of him interacting with kids. I miss the class and sophistication of the Obama presidency. I want him back. Follow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kasa Cotugno

    I've downed this book in little sips since it's almost too painful to look at these beautiful pictures of a White House in which chaos, discrimination and criminal behavior were not present, in which there was a family that defined the word family and not the empty shell of one. In which efforts were made to advance, not to destroy. The fact that those efforts are deliberately being gutted is beyond belief. I've downed this book in little sips since it's almost too painful to look at these beautiful pictures of a White House in which chaos, discrimination and criminal behavior were not present, in which there was a family that defined the word family and not the empty shell of one. In which efforts were made to advance, not to destroy. The fact that those efforts are deliberately being gutted is beyond belief.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Monica Kim: musings of monica

    I bought “Obama: An Intimate Portrait: The Historic Presidency in Photographs” by Pete Souza for myself for Christmas, and it’s my favorite coffee table book. I flip through it every day...With a foreword by President Barack Obama himself, this beautiful book by Pete Souza, the White House's official photographer, captures the essence of the man who was the President of the United States for 8 years. He supposedly took over two million pictures! Souza has done a magnificent job with this visual I bought “Obama: An Intimate Portrait: The Historic Presidency in Photographs” by Pete Souza for myself for Christmas, and it’s my favorite coffee table book. I flip through it every day...With a foreword by President Barack Obama himself, this beautiful book by Pete Souza, the White House's official photographer, captures the essence of the man who was the President of the United States for 8 years. He supposedly took over two million pictures! Souza has done a magnificent job with this visual chronicle of Obama’s time in office — beautifully depicting the man, his legacy, and the events during the time. Some of my favorites are the ones of with president and his family & babies. What is your favorite photo from the book? I know it’s ridiculous difficult to choose one?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jonetta

    This pictorial history of the Obama presidency made me too nostalgic at the moment. Knew I’d miss him just didn’t know how much:)Many of the photos are iconic that I’ve seen over the years but there are just as many I’ve never seen. It’s a wonderful journey over eight years and Souza has a talented eye. I’m so glad to have this as a memory of a better time.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ye Lin Aung

    Bought the book. Brought it home. Read it in one gulp. Give me the laughter, tears, sadness and joy in one sit. How could you not love this book ? Candid, beautiful photos (plus captions)I beg you to check out Pete Souza's Instagram!My memorable moments. This story is better than the photo. Back in 2011, the President invited Bono and Alicia Keys to lunch in his private dining room adjacent to the Oval Office. Bono asks where he should sit. Potus says sit wherever there's a chair. Bono sees Bought the book. Brought it home. Read it in one gulp. Give me the laughter, tears, sadness and joy in one sit. How could you not love this book ? Candid, beautiful photos (plus captions)I beg you to check out Pete Souza's Instagram!My memorable moments. This story is better than the photo. Back in 2011, the President invited Bono and Alicia Keys to lunch in his private dining room adjacent to the Oval Office. Bono asks where he should sit. Potus says sit wherever there's a chair. Bono sees a guitar case in the corner, a campaign memento from Rock The Vote event. Bono quickly tunes the guitar and starts playing/singing Norwegian Wood by the Beatles. Why? Because the second verse goes like this: "She asked me to stayAnd she told me to sit anywhereSo I looked aroundAnd I noticed there wasn't a chair"In the midst of this, the President looks back at me and says, "How cool is this?" Because Norwegian Wood was really something for me!link : https://www.instagram.com/p/BPI2ipKgE... The two has forged a friendship as she sought to establish diplomatic ties with the Unites States. The first lady. Michelle, Ma Belle June 2, 2010What were the odds, he said to me, that an African-American girl from the South Side of Chicago would one day be sitting in the front row of the White House, as the First Lady of the United States, while a member of the Beatles sang her name ? and “the worst day” of Obama’s presidency “I’m sure he was thinking foremost of the parents, imagining the horror of learning that their six-year-old son or daughter had been shot to death by a madman and would never come home.”

  8. 4 out of 5

    Therese

    An interesting look at some of the moments of the Obama presidency through the lens of Pete Souza.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    Pete Souza took all the photos of then Senator Barack Obama, so it's no surprise he was asked to become the Chief Official White House Photographer. For eight years, he had full access to take pictures of the President. If you pick up Obama: An Intimate Portrait, you'll recognize some of the iconic pictures. Others will seem fresh. For those of us who admired the 44th President of the United States, it's not only an intimate glimpse inside eight years, it's a collection that brings regret.There Pete Souza took all the photos of then Senator Barack Obama, so it's no surprise he was asked to become the Chief Official White House Photographer. For eight years, he had full access to take pictures of the President. If you pick up Obama: An Intimate Portrait, you'll recognize some of the iconic pictures. Others will seem fresh. For those of us who admired the 44th President of the United States, it's not only an intimate glimpse inside eight years, it's a collection that brings regret.There are over 300 pictures in the collection with captions and sometimes short comments that tell the story behind the photos. Barack Obama wrote the foreword, and Souza wrote the introduction. President Obama was correct when he commented about Souza's work. "It's his capacity to capture the mood, the atmosphere, and the meaning of that moment."Souza does a magnificent job capturing those moments. Most of us remember the photo of the little boy touching the President's hair to see if he had the same hair. Study those pictures of Obama with children. There's so much joy and pleasure on his face. It's almost the same joy as you'll see when he's with his daughters. You can also see the broken expression when he hears and then speaks about the children shot at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the day he referred to as the worst day of his Presidency.With any President, there's an awareness of history in the making. But President Obama and Michelle Obama were aware of their positions, the first African-American President and First Lady. Many of those photos represent those historic moments. But, there are also fun photos, such as Paul McCartney singing "Michelle Ma Belle" to the First Lady. Or, that recognizable picture of the President quieting a baby that cried for Michelle. Admittedly, Souza staged some shots. He wanted the last helicopter shot of the former President as he flew away from Washington. His comment as he looked at the White House? "We used to live there." But, for all of us who admired the last President and his eight years of service to the country, it's bittersweet to notice a detail in one of the pictures. There's a photo of Barack Obama leaving the Oval Office for the last time as President. Each President selects his rug for that room. One of the quotes on President Obama's rug is from Teddy Roosevelt. "The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally upon the welfare of all of us."Pete Souza's Obama: An Intimate Portrait is a gorgeous collection of historic photos. It's the perfect gift for the person who admired President Barack Obama. (Give them a box of tissues with it.)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Beautifully curated collection of emotionally evocative photos. Lots of history captured with a masterful eye. Souza can make even the mundane or routine feel poignant.There is not much text, but I did find a typo in one of the longer descriptions, which irked me. “Geronimo,” not “Gerinomo.” (:

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