The Herald Magazine - - CONTENTS - PETE SOUZA

“For ev­ery ac­tion, there is an equal and op­po­site re­ac­tion.” Per­haps New­ton’s third law ap­plies to pres­i­den­tial pol­i­tics as well as the physics of mo­tion. Think of ev­ery­thing you could say about the last in­cum­bent of the Oval Of­fice – ur­bane, elo­quent, lib­eral, pos­si­bly overly cau­tious – and the op­po­site ap­plies to his re­place­ment. The truth is, one year on from the US elec­tion, Obama’s Amer­ica al­ready feels like an­other coun­try. And so the images cap­tured by Pete Souza, the for­mer chief of­fi­cial White House pho­tog­ra­pher, al­ready feel like an­cient his­tory.

“Pres­i­dent Obama and I shared a lot of time in each other’s pres­ence,” Souza writes in the in­tro­duc­tion to a new col­lec­tion of his pho­to­graphs. “It was 10 to 12 hours a day, five days a week (and some­times six or seven). I photographed ev­ery meet­ing ev­ery day, ev­ery place he went to … Nearly 1.5 mil­lion miles on Air Force One. All 50 states; more than 60 coun­tries. Just shy of 2 mil­lion pho­to­graphs over eight years.”

Those pho­to­graphs cap­ture Pres­i­dent Obama on good days (danc­ing with his daugh­ter while Prince plays the White House) and bad days (hear­ing of the Sandy Hook mass shoot­ing was, Obama would later say, the worst day of his pres­i­dency).

This pic­ture cap­tures one of the good days. The Pres­i­dent in the el­e­va­tor to his pri­vate res­i­dence af­ter his in­au­gu­ral party at the White House

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