Earlier this week, nearly 200 people filled the Oprah Winfrey Theater in the National Museum of African American Museum of History and Culture to listen to Pete Souza, former Chief White House photographer for President Barack Obama, talk about his book: “Obama: An Intimate Portrait.”
During the event, Souza brought President Obama’s political journey to life as he presented a collection of presidential and personal photos that were taken since he met him in 2005 when Obama began serving in the U.S. Senate.
Souza told attendees that he took over 1.9 million photos during Obama’s presidency and that it was hard to narrow down his favorites. However, D.C. media, VIPs and museum members had the opportunity to hear Souza tell the narrative of the Obama administration while showing some of the most iconic moments during his time at the White House.
Everyone in attendance were taken on an emotional journey together as Souza told stories while showing images of his best and worst times in office. Some of the photos and stories highlighted were: the former president diving in the snow with his daughters Sasha and Malia in DC during “Snowmaggedon”; body-surfing while on vacation in Hawaii; playing a game of basketball with one of his aides; watching the Osama Bin Laden raid in the Situation room; singing Amazing Grace during his eulogy for former South Carolina state senator, Rev. Clementa Pinckney; writing personal notes to the parents who lost children during the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting and his final moments in the White House.
It was a wonderful experience to see significant behind-the-scenes images of the president’s daily encounters with the public, interactions with his administration, all while balancing being a great father and a loving husband.
Be sure to grab your copy of “Obama: An Intimate Portrait” to see for yourself.