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Pete Souza's new Obama book

Pete Souza's new Obama book

Pete Souza's new Obama book

I cannot wait for the new Obama photo book by former official White House photographer Pete Souza. It has more than three hundred photos, some of which have never been published. Who else wants to devour it?

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(Pot photo by Bon Appetit.)

  1. Sania says...

    Can I just say how much I love how much all you classy ladies love the obamas

  2. Pam says...

    Oh my god, you people, quit crying and move on!

  3. Lisa says...

    I miss my President and First Lady beyond measure, beyond words. I still come home from work at night, turn on the news, and hope that I’ll hear that what happened on election night last year is all a bad dream. I love following Pete Souza, and I can’t wait to have his book in my hands. Maybe I’ll gather some girlfriends together so we can talk about it together.

    “When someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you do not stoop to their level. Our motto is when they go low, we go high.” ~ Michelle Obama

    #pleasecomehomemomanddad

  4. keri says...

    That last photo of Obama breaks my heart… it’s like seeing your Dad cry :(

    • Shannon says...

      yes.
      this.

  5. Marie Lamensch says...

    The Obama photo book is probably going to lead to a wave of mass depression across the world.

  6. Liza says...

    If you’re an Obama fan, I highly recommend you check out Alyssa Mastromonaco’s book Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

    • Loribeth says...

      I’ve had that on my list for a while! Ordering now!

  7. Tricia M says...

    From over the pond: Oh how I miss the Obamas!

  8. Meggles says...

    The Obama photo book–I think it’s just going to completely depress me and be too painful. When I used to feel proud of us. And how I really, really don’t currently.

    • Liza says...

      That’s how I feel about Hillary’s book. I devoured the first half, but it made me so depressed that I couldn’t finish it.

  9. Heather says...

    These pictures of the Obamas break my heart.

    My daughters go to a day care in a federal building and every day since January I’ve walked the looong way around the building to go in a side door so I don’t have to see – or have them see – the pictures of our current president and VP in the lobby. Earlier this week I forgot my badge and had to go through the front entrance, and I cringed at the idea that my kids will associate that face with leadership. I’ve decided to get a big print of Souza’s photo of the little boy touching Obama’s hair to hang in our house, so they’ll see that every single day. Does anyone know a good source for enlarged prints of Souza’s photos?

    • Celeste says...

      I love your story. I think even Walgreens and CVS does canvas now, and Cup of Jo is supported by Pinhole Press.

    • Bobby says...

      The photo of the little boy touching Obama’s hair is truly one of the most moving pictures I’ve ever seen.

    • Amanda G says...

      Absolutely love that photo – as well as him touching the face of the little boy looking up at him. I just saw it on Pete Souza’s website and burst into tears right there at my desk.

  10. Pete Souza’s photos of the Obamas during their White House years captures the amazing people they are. The humor, intelligence and love is evident in the pictures. I can’t wait for the book! I used any excuse I could find to post them, here some favorites, God I miss them!

    • Alex says...

      SO cool – I didn’t know that Pete Souza was also releasing a younger version. What a thoughtful addition, so our young leaders can be continue to see great role models of leadership, compassion, and love in their lives.

  11. Ruth says...

    Oh that book – can’t wait but also I know I will be crying every time I look at. Like basically the rest of the commenters here, I miss the Obamas sooooo much it hurts. Trying to keep them in our lives as much as possible. We have an Obama bobblehead and my 2-year-old now says “Obooona” when she sees it (close enough)!

  12. Thao says...

    Gah. Those Obama photos. It shocks me that I feel their loss so poignantly even now, some months later. Maybe it’s the contrast between them and the current administration, but I think so many of us connected with them on a profound level. We all really believed in “Yes we can!” The end of his presidency feels like a close on so many things – most of all, that particular brand of hope and energy of his, which is so inimitable. Now I understand how people felt about JFK, that true love for a true leader. I hope we’ll have that again.

    • Well said.

  13. Alex says...

    Somehow the image of Obama meeting sleepy Prince George came up in family conversation the other day and after my daughter’s inquisitive look I pulled it up on my phone to show her. Looking at the picture I was reminded that Obama is a good and kind person, someone who cares about others, and I just started sobbing (and am getting a little teary recounting this story).

  14. sania says...

    I love and miss the Obamas like a family member that used to live down the street and has now moved far, far away :(

    Out of everything that has been written about them by Obama supporters, I think one of the most eloquent pieces was written by David Brooks, a conservative who has often been a fierce critic of Obama’s policies.

    The piece is written at the time of the primary and references several of the other candidates (Lord knows the future Brooks predicted was significantly less dismal than our current Darkest Timeline)

    ….”He’s [Obama] exuded this basic care and respect for the dignity of others time and time again. Let’s put it this way: Imagine if Barack and Michelle Obama joined the board of a charity you’re involved in. You’d be happy to have such people in your community. Could you say that comfortably about Ted Cruz? The quality of a president’s humanity flows out in the unexpected but important moments.”

    https://www.bing.com/search?q=david+brooks+obama+presidency&form=PRDLC1&src=IE11TR&pc=EUPP_DCTE

  15. Sasha says...

    Well, if the Obama photos hadn’t already had me actually sobbing, the collective sadness of these comments would have. I am so sad for our country, and so afraid of what will become of us, and the world.

    • Amanda G says...

      So glad I’m not alone! The spoon over the pot has NEVER worked for me. Turning down the heat and/or adding a dash of olive oil has, however.

    • Same. Had to excuse myself to the bathroom to compose myself. Ugh, my heart.

  16. Ash says...

    I’ve tried the wooden spoon trick three times in the last month and the pot boiled over every time. What am I doing wrong?

    • Jess says...

      I have never experienced success with this trick either. What I have experienced success with is turning the heat down one notch and staying close and blowing on the bubbles when they get too high. Super scientific tips;)

    • Mary says...

      A trick I learned from brewing beer is to throw a couple of ice cubes when it gets close to boiling over, but you have to be there to watch. And have ice cubes handy. Umm, maybe this isn’t such a good tip.

    • It never worked for me, either! :D

    • Christine says...

      The wooden spoon never works for me either. I gave it one more go Monday and the entire pot boiled over while I had my back turned. Not sure who this works for – I’ve never met them!!!

    • Paula says...

      it’s a damn myth! never works. not once.

    • Keely says...

      Definitely a myth! I’ve heard this before and tried it only to have a boiled over mess!

    • Sara says...

      And the spoon gets so hot!

    • Amanda says...

      It works for me but I think that the handle has to be a thick round shape – doesn’t work with a flat wooden handle.

  17. Erin Jones says...

    My friends who live way out in the country side of southern Missouri just told me the wooden spoon trick. The elder country cooks know all the hacks. I had never heard of it!

  18. That book! Every child should grow up seeing that on their coffee table, a reminder of what is possible. Beautiful. <3

    • Lisa says...

      Thank you for this link – beautiful article!

  19. Rachel says...

    My husband and I are planning our honeymoon to Vietnam, and we recently watched the Hanoi episode of Anthony Bourdain’s show where Barack Obama joins him for local noodles. WELL. I unexpectedly burst into tears when the President motorcade arrived. I knew I missed the Obama family from a political standpoint, but it became apparent that I miss them viscerally, like a long-lost friend. Can’t wait to see these photographs – hope I don’t tear-stain the pages!

    • Haha we just watched that episode too and unexpectedly got tears-eyed when Obama rolled up!

    • Julia says...

      Oh, so well articulated. I have almost forgotten what it is like to not cringe or wince when thinking about our country’s president.

    • Lauren says...

      I randomly thought about Malia crying during Obama’s farewell address today, and started crying at my desk — you’re not alone!!

    • Lauren Wessler says...

      I saw the photo making the rounds yesterday of President Obama saluting the coffin of a fallen soldier as it made its way off the bottom of a plane. His face is so somber and serious, and I got so choked up. Obviously the scene itself was so sad, but he was so Presidential, and now this.

    • Jill says...

      SAMMMMMEE! It actually took my breath away to see him again.

  20. there’s a new michelle obama photography book as well – CHASING LIGHT, by amanda lucidon, out today!

    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/564894/chasing-light-by-amanda-lucidon/

    she’s one of the few women who’s worked as a white house photographer, and what she’s said about her relationship with the first lady is really lovely – it sounds like FLOTUS became a real mentor to her. and AND, a portion of the proceeds of the book go to one of mrs. obama’s favorite charitable groups – i forget the name, but they’re the one that goes to underperforming schools and fortifies their artistic programs.

    (i’m not the publisher or anything, i just had to do a write-up of this book for a gift guide and i became mildly obsessed with it.)

    • My niece is in that book on page 21. She’s the little girl laughing with her hand over her mouth. Honestly that book brought my family so much joy this week. We miss the Obamas SO much. We miss everything about the last eight years.

  21. Katie A says...

    Cannot wait for that book!!! …Yes, I will cry like a baby.

  22. If you’re excited for Pete’s book, definitely check out “Chasing Light” by Amanda Lucidon, Michelle Obama’s photographer (it comes out tomorrow!)

  23. Genna Gerstenberger says...

    Dear Jesus I thought my heart couldn’t long for Barack and Michelle anymore ?

  24. Rachael says...

    Miss the Obamas so, so, so much.

  25. Jessica says...

    I’m going to have to try out the spoon trick. A pot of water also won’t boil over if you put a splash of olive oil in it.

  26. Tiffany says...

    The Obama photos make my heart ache. The visceral change in our energy as a country since Trump took office has been painful. It feels like our father who loved us has been taken from us and a mean spirited step-father, who enjoys the fact that he can make us struggle, has taken his place.

    • S says...

      So true!!

    • Lauren Wessler says...

      We are living in a real life Disney film.

  27. Sharon says...

    I cannot wait for the Obama book. My mom loved Kennedy and I always think of Obama as my Kennedy.. even though I am Canadian :)

  28. Emily says...

    The comments so far about Obama kinda get me choked up.
    The wooden spoon trick….wonder if that would work on a gas stove. Makes me a bit nervous that my spoon could catch on fire when I have the heat/flame turned to high to get my boil on!

    • Katy says...

      It works! I grew up with gas stoves and my mom always did this. As long as the flames aren’t out of control and you’re close by, it’s a super handy trick :)

  29. Maggie says...

    Between that movie trailer and those three Obama picture I’m teary eyed -emotion overload for a Tuesday evening!

  30. Mae says...

    This registered Republican says, can we please have the Obamas back!!!! ?

    • L says...

      Agreed. Regardless of political persuasion, or opinions on policies – one thing is for sure, the Obamas have class.

    • Lizzie says...

      Wow- appreciate you!

    • Meggles says...

      Thank you, Mae. I appreciate you saying this so much!! I just want to feel in good hands, and safe, again. We’ve never, ever had a president like T before, on either side of the aisle.

  31. YES to the Obama book. My goodness what a different world it seemed like!

  32. Louisa says...

    I miss him.

  33. That looks like a great film! Where did you see it? I’m trying to figure out how to see it in the Milwaukee area.

  34. Definitely look forward to the Obama photograph book, I follow Pete Souza on instagram and his photos are always captivating!

    xx,
    Daeyz

  35. Amanda G says...

    I love Pete Souza! I absolutely adore his work, and I find his Instagram posts (especially where he not-so-subtly trolls the current administration) both funny and moving. But I think if I read his new book I would probably cry like a baby. I get more and more heartbroken every day that such a sweet, kind, sensitive, hilarious, genuinely GOOD man has been replaced with someone who is not only an all-around horrible person but is also intent on wiping every small bit of Obama’s legacy of the map :( I’m having a hard time handling the world these days…

    • Bobby says...

      I know — honestly I’m not sure if I can buy it because I will cry very hard. After Trump accused Obama of never calling the family’s of fallen soldiers Pete Souza posted Mr and Mrs O comforting the parents of a dead soldier. Michelle was hugging the mother as if she’d lost her own child and Obama looked devastated.
      I miss my president.

    • Sharon says...

      He can try and erase the Obama legacy but Obama will prevail because the rest of the world, this Canadian included, will not let Obama be erased

    • Tiffany says...

      @Sharon YES! YES! YES!

  36. Anon says...

    Looking at Obama photos somehow feels like going through Instagram feed of the ex you can’t get over but who has happily moved on..

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh so true. {sob}

    • Sandra says...

      SO TRUE!

    • Rae says...

      Spot on…and maybe I don’t live where I lived when Obama was my sweetie? Because this country I live sure doesn’t feel like the country I lived in when Obama and I were together.

    • Tracy says...

      Yes! You go may go through a day without thinking about him, but then you hear his name or see a picture of him and and Michelle, and you experience the grief as though it was new. I miss the dignity, intelligence, leadership and class of the Obamas. I felt such pride in having people like them lead us AND represent us. Now I am dejected and embarrassed – I’m getting this book – and, I’m going to escape to Obamaland.

  37. Elizabeth Hudson says...

    That last one of him in the rain?! SWOON.

  38. Lia says...

    Every one of these pics just made me smile, and made my heart ache.

  39. karen says...

    Just these three pictures of Obama are everything. I am so glad I got to have a president like that in my lifetime. Such respect for him, Michelle, and the girls. It must have been how people felt like when Kennedy and Jackie were on office.

  40. I’m so excited to hear Pete Souza speak here in Seattle next month. I followed his IG account while he was WH photographer and loved how he captured historic and everyday moments. Can’t wait to see the book!!

  41. Lane says...

    I don’t think I’m emotionally prepared for the book of Obama photographs. </3

    • Alex says...

      Same.

    • Tracy says...

      Same!! ?

    • S says...

      Me too. My mourning is ongoing.