Just discovered the coolest job in the world. Pete Souza is the official White House photographer, and recently, a huge chunk of photos that he's taken over the president's first 100 days were uploaded to Flickr.
Do yourself a favor and go browse through them. Seriously. They are the coolest.
You might have seen this one already, taken on inauguration night. You'll notice Michelle figures prominently in most of my favorites shown here. Um, because I love her. But who doesn't?
Watching the Super Bowl at the Obamas' house, in 3-D of course.
This reminds me of a still shot of a scene from some beautiful, sweeping, romantic movie. The lighting makes me swoon.
Pete catches all these great moments and humanizing details. And sometimes it's just a hand gesturing or a view through a window or the president adjusting a colleague's tie or a tray of glasses waiting to be placed out for a cabinet meeting. It's all those little snippets that give you a sense of intimacy here. Oh to be set free in that house with a camera.
I can has President Obama bring me a birthday cake? That would definitely be the best day EVAR.
This one was taken in the U.S. Embassy in Prague. This photo makes me all sorts of happy. Make sure you click on these photos and then pull up the 'All Sizes' view. The large version is included for most of them, which is fun for picking out those awesome little details, like the "Babies for Obama" button she is wearing on her dress.
It looks like the White House photo stream on Flickr will be updated regularly from here going forward. Oh I hope so. Might I say, on behalf of America: Thanks for sharing Pete!
And now, in honor of the President's first 100 days in office, "100 Days, 100 Nights" by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.