Posts Tagged 'Barack Obama'

Watching the Situation in the Situation Room

Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011.

White House Bans Reporter for Camera Phone Use

In a move that seems more in line with the previous administration, White House officials have banned a San Francisco Chronicle reporter from covering the president in the Bay Area. Reporter Carla Marinucci used her camera phone to capture protesters at a fundraiser at the St. Regis Hotel, which violated rules specifically for “pen and pad” reporters. So she’s no longer part of the press pool, despite earlier claims that this White House would be the most transparent in history,

In the video (seen here),  you can hear the protesters singing “We paid our dues, where’s our change?” 

“We’ve come full circle here,” Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Pew Foundation’s Project for Excellence in Journalism told me today. “A newspaper reporter is being punished because she took pictures with a moving camera. We live in a world where there are no longer distinctions. The White House is trying to live by 20th century distinctions.”

To be fair, Marinucci’s rule breaking didn’t just affect the president’s image, but it could be seen as a slight to her fellow reporters too. When you’re part of a pool there are guidelines about the information collected, and it’s not really fair if you’re breaking them so you can get the scoop. But, the administration’s harsh actions just make them look bad — and thin-skinned.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle



Spades With the President

Photo by Pete Souza/The White House

Nice gig, if you can get it….

On long Air Force One flights, [President Obama] retreats to the conference room and plays spades for hours, maintaining a trash-talking contest all the while, with the same three aides: Reggie Love, his personal assistant; Marvin Nicholson, his trip director; and Pete Souza, his White House photographer.

Source: New York Times

“Obama Feigning Interest In Mundane Things”

Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

This slideshow is a few months old, but still worth a look. Funny what you can do with a collection of images.

From New York

Photos From Obama’s “Barry” Days

Photo by Lisa Jack

In 1980, in what can only be described as fortuitous, Occidental College undergrad Lisa Jack photographed a freshman named Barry Obama for a portrait project. It’s now nearly 30 years later, Barry is President of the United States Barack Obama, and the collection is being shown at M+B gallery in West Hollywood.

The exhibit – showing Obama in a fedora, smoking a cigarette, looking smooth – marks the first time the collection is on display (they were featured as part of Time Magazine’s 2008 “Person of the Year” issue). The gallery describes the set as taken during the future president’s soul-searching period. Or soulful period?

“Barack Obama: The Freshman” is at M+B through August 29.

Photostreaming With Obama

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

I don’t want to just be a bandwagoneeer, but there are things about this presidential administration that have really impressed me. There is a hackneyed old phrase that comes to mind, but I’ll use it anyway: breath of fresh air. 

In an interesting – and unprecedented – move, the White House created a Flickr account and uploaded 299 photos this week. We see President Obama in situations a rare few have access to:  in the White House movie theater, waiting in the Blue Room before a press conference, on Air Force One, in his private study. The photos are, collectively and individually, quite awesome. 

This president doesn’t seem to have a problem with cameras, and amazingly, wants people to see what’s going on at the White House – he seems to be encouraging, dare I say it, openness. They’ve even enabled comments! Now that’s an interesting tack for a government official….

The man behind the camera is the White House’s official photographer, Pete Souza.

Phew, That’s Over


Photo by matt4077

Now that Sarah Palin is set for the Dan Quayle-style annals of obscurity, President-Elect Obama is charged with the gargantuan task of fixing this busted country. Thanks for the memories, Bush & Co.!

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