Friday, April 8, 2011

The West Wing: Obama's White House

 

What is it like to be the US President? Despite lingering and divided reactions to last week's speech on the US involvement in Libya and concerns of a government shutdown this week, President Barack Obama quietly launched his 2012 re-election campaign a few days ago, tying in neatly with the last post's theme on the Obama Hope poster.

Events and announcements like these are never taken lightly, and it would be interesting to find out what goes on in the White House when the President makes his decisions. Thankfully, there is a way to look at Obama's day-to-day activities through the White House Flickr account.

This is the official photostream of the White House as captured by the Pete Souza, the Chief Official White House Photographer, along with the help of his staff at the Photo Office


There are more of these photographs over at the White House Flickr photostream. Pete Souza's account of President Obama's campaign can be found in The Rise of Barack Obama. The first year of the President can be read in The President's Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office or seen in The President's Photographer: 50 Years Inside the Oval.





122 comments:

pezasied said...

I think he will be re-elected, mainly because of the lack of a real competitor at the moment.

Erika said...

He's just the man that pushes the buttons =P

The Angry Lurker said...

Great picture of a seat so many want but whoever sits in it will never be fully loved or be allowed to do the right thing.

M.D. Flodström said...

those pictures seem so cozy, just a fireplace missing in the first one :)

Quetopia said...

Great color schemes.

Grafted said...

Interesting pics

Slamcakes said...

If he sends troops into Libya, he can not count on my vote.

EmoGoth said...

Candid pictures of the president are always interesting

Moob said...

I didn't even know about this

MuteMath Fan (& news junkie too!) said...

Great pictures, but I would never want to be the President! Too much stress.

Daily01 said...

Nice photos, I have seen his documentary on national geography

Generally Disgruntled said...

Great pictures, like always

Wintermute said...

didnt know they had a flickr

Kanika Bishnoi said...

He looks so ROYAL...

Azoo said...

Quiet is damned sure the word . . . . I did not know until I read this.

Blk Jesus said...

^ me neither but i honestly hope he doesnt get relected but like pezaised this isnt much decent competition

Azoo said...

I feel so damned out of the look.....

thenitefalls said...

I don't believe in the government, those pictures are lies! The cake is a lie!

jblogger45 said...

nice pics

bill said...

cool i must checkout this photo scheme

Bonjour Tristesse said...

What a fascinating job that would be. I mean Souza's of course.

mac-and-me said...

i think he is a puppet of the industrie and just got told in the first pic

Mr. Dough said...

I second the need for a fire place.

Jacob said...

Love the picture. Hope he will get reelected.

Jaccstev said...

For sure, those are some nice pictures from the White House.

The Old Master said...

These pictures are great!

amBored said...

like Slamcakes said hope it won't happen

J said...

President teleprompt.

ExoticBlogger said...

must be nice :D

Kicking Rocks said...

most likely he will get re elected!

Fang said...

I find it cool they got a man to take pictures of their business, and upload it to the internet. Makes them a bit more... open.

JKS said...

Great pictures, man!

Razor said...

Despite what many people say, I think Obama is the best US president in awhile.

And I'm not American.

baxxman said...

Hard working man though

elexerdelex said...

Pete is a spy! a russian spy! theres a laser in his camera!

Devon Davidson said...

Man, he looks so serious.

Sam said...

Amazing photos, I wonder what's the story behind the Presidential Desk.

VersionDouble said...

nice post, following!

Billl Righteous said...

Eww, i HATE Obama. What a bad president.

Inhia said...

poor guy, funny how we elect one man to be a target for all the administration's bullshit. He did fine. Government shutdown may mean I don't get 1000 back in my return !

Very nice shots tho. thanks for sharing

Banacek said...

I'd love to be a fly on the wall.

Polybius said...

dat Obama

Matt Neumann said...

What a lifestyle!

D4 said...

A Flickr account? Well that's pretty interesting if I say so myself.

Mo said...

nice pictures!

Andrew said...

I just hope he can sign off on the budget soon and put some pressure on the guys we all want to fire for not doing their jobs.

It might all be good for our nation in the long run, but for now it is a bit embarrassing for our nation, is it not?

Parallel-Reality Hero said...

So, does anyone else here think Obama is gonna be re-elected?

Dudemeister said...

I want a desk like that.

Potholderz said...

Nice photo of the prez, really enjoy your blog.

Lhosreiff said...

Quietly is right, I never even knew.

datmeenjeniet said...

The first is a great picture!

R. Cutts said...

wouldn't this be the second time the US government has shut down? One Australians view (me) is the same as my opinion of our own prime minister. which is, well, they can't do any worse than the last guy..

MRanthrope said...

great photos, I just wish I could be more inspired by his actions than how he looks in pictures =/

Beau Thompson said...

I'd love to be President. I'd make it look easy <3

Stare Dad said...

Wow, the last pic looks so awsome

Stare Dad said...

The last pic has an awsome room

Nina said...

Obama is a badass. Enough said.

John said...

All we can do is HOPE

Shutterbug said...

I would love working at the White House as a Photographer! :)

Rob said...

I dunno if he'll be re-elected, but it'll be a certainly a weird election.

Malkavian said...

Im with Kanika he looks like a man that can rule properly

DocStout said...

Though the first one looks more "posed", I greatly prefer its composition.

OatmealStout said...

Must get annoying having pictures taken all the time.

Necroticism said...

Very colourful photos! I like'em

David said...

Very nice pictures. Being the President must be so much work.

CandleintheDark said...

He does look pretty dignified. I don't think that everyone would accept him even if he was the greatest president ever. The well-being of the country looks so different in different peoples eyes

G said...

I wonder if he'll make it to a 2nd term?

ironchefman said...

Well if they can't put out the budget, at least the White House can put out some nice looking photos...

Tasos said...

i sat on Obama's office... in Maddam Tussauds museum :D

ed said...

he's looking busy. i wonder if he actually does anything

Egan said...

These are some nice shots

Trelin said...

The republicans don't let him do what he wants and they say "told you so" when he doesn't do what he said he would do. Unfair. (I'm sure it's not that cut and dry, but it seems like it at times.)

Admin said...

President=hardest job on planet.

JapRoulette said...

Obama is alright I guess.

Quetopia said...

Is it the right thing to do to vote for a president based on race?

Aaron M. Gipson said...

Damn I want to like this guy again...

meandmythinkingcap said...

You learn every new thing everyday

AMO said...

I'm neutral on this.

thrashblade21 said...

I'm most likely not voting for him in 2012. If Donald Trump is my man this time.

N4M3L3SS said...

i wonder if they made him pose for the pic like that?

Reilly said...

no opinion

Sam A Lot said...

What a great photo

Rockinrule said...

I support barack obama regardless of the haters. they dont have their facts straight. he can't be jesus.

Guy Movie Blogger said...

Landing Souza's job has got to be the photography equivalent of winning a Super Bowl. What an awesome job to follow the President around taking potentially historic pictures.

J.B. said...

great inside pictures, never seen it like that

Electric Addict said...

very nice desk

HiFi said...

Thanks for the link to the Flickr page. I'm an artist and these will be great reference material.

Greg said...

Wow realy nice pictures, have a warming feel to them.

gangsignslol said...

^ lol @ electric

Trolske said...

I really hope he that he will be reelected because he didn't really had a chance to fulfill all the things he said because of the other parties.

Jessica Thompson said...

Wow these photos are so vivid!

Leizer said...

Great pictures :) i love the quality

Rockinrule said...

gotta be hard bein the man.

Team Panda said...

wow, "head of updating flikr" i want that job.

Biff Tanner said...

O good job bravo!

Astronomy Pirate said...

No one will ever be completely satisfied with a president. What I can say though is that he damn well deserves respect. No one can take these situations little, and the wear it causes on a man visible. Even in the short time Obama has been in power so far, the toll on his appearance is visible. It was also apparent in Clinton and Bush.

Alek said...

eek government stuff - never really pay any attention to these guys. just eek lol
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consuela bananahammoc said...

Nice desk he's got there :D

Major.Mack said...

yeah, good Pictures

SirJohnBear said...

I'm more interested in what its like to be the presidents photographer.

princy gupta said...

your blog is awesome man!!!

JapRoulette said...

Came back here just so I can look at Obama like that again, and think about whether he can really lead America >_<!

-DO- said...

it's awesome to see politician "work"

Discovery Underground said...

Obama is ok.

BTN Hip Hop said...

i think he will get in by a fair margin

Leanora's Blog said...

The president has a flickr account no way! I couldn't imagine my prime minister having one of those.

Joe said...

Man the white house is so beautiful.

Brut said...

The president is just a lightening rod/figure head. The real work is done behind the scenes.

Venus said...

nice photo.
there are no real options for voting.

Wayward Disposition said...

I don't care what anyone says. I love Obama.

Bart said...

he looks totally guilty. get barry satoero out of there

Ano said...

interesting post! :D

pixel said...

boring subject, nice lighting

Drew said...

Nice pictures, its too bad Obama wont be reelected after such a failure of a term.

The Game Store Guy said...

That first one is actually pretty impressive. Gorgeous composition and capture.

Kamchatka said...

These really are nice photos. They capture so much.

BM said...

this picture captures what europeans suggest with the US president

=dgrphx= said...

looks like hes telling that other guy "bring out the gimp"and the other guy is like "the gimp is a sleep" and then obama says "well then i guess you are just going to have to wake him up "

What's going on in the world? said...

The UK loves Obama ;D

Long_Ding said...

Cool pics. Obama is the man!

C Mo Gunz said...

sweet photos! Obama's probably my favourite of the recent presidents!

KrillKrones said...

Did you just take these? hahaha just kidding... but that's really cool for real.

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