An Intimate Portrait

Pete Souza took more than two million photos of President Obama in the eight years he was the Chief Official White House Photographer. Coming in November is a book I’d really like for Christmas, Obama: An Intimate Portrait.

Obama: An Intimate Portrait reproduces Souza’s most iconic photographs in exquisite detail, more than three hundred in all. Some have never been published. These photographs document the most consequential hours of the Presidency — including the historic image of President Obama and his advisors in the Situation Room during the bin Laden mission — alongside unguarded moments with the President’s family, his encounters with children, interactions with world leaders and cultural figures, and more.

There are so many amazing photos and The Atlantic has collected a bunch. Here are three of my favorites:

  1. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama share a private moment in a freight elevator at an Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2009.
  2. A temporary White House staffer, Carlton Philadelphia, brought his family to the Oval Office for a farewell photo with President Obama. Carlton’s son softly told the President he had just gotten a haircut like President Obama, and asked if he could feel the President’s head to see if it felt the same as his.
  3. The Obama family was introduced to a prospective family dog at a secret greet on a Sunday. After spending about an hour with him, the family decided he was the one. Here, the dog ran alongside the President in an East Wing hallway.

By the way, Souza hasn’t been idle since leaving The White House. He’s been trolling President Trump on Instagram, posting an Obama pic to counter every stupid Trump gaffe. You should follow him. It’s hilarious and bittersweet at the same time.