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Obama: An Intimate Portrait, Deluxe Limited Edition: The Historic Presidency in Photographs

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This is the definitive visual biography of Barack Obama's presidency, captured in intimate, unprecedented detail by his official White House photographer.
Pete Souza began photographing President Obama on his first day as a U.S. senator, in January 2005, and served as the chief official White House photographer for the President's full two terms. Souza was with President Obama more oft
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 2017)
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Angela M
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“I have had the extraordinary privilege of being the man in the room for eight years, visually documenting President Obama for history. This book is a result of that effort. I gave it my all. I hope that the photographs that follow, accompanied by my words, will show you the true character of the man, and the essence of his Presidency, as seen through my eyes and felt through my heart. (Pete Souza from the introduction to his book.)

The intent of my review is to let Mr. Souza know that he has do
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Erin
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Follow Pete Souza on IG, you won't regret it.

Obama: An Intimate Portrait made me smile. I had almost forgotten what it was like to have an intelligent, calm and mentally stable President. This book will remind you of time when you could depend on a President to comfort and heal.

A few weeks ago I was discussing the current state of our nation with a friend and he said something that made a lot of sense. He said President Obama represented who this country thinks it is and 45 represen
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Malia
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I felt a gamut of emotions paging through this book, reading Souza's reflections and reminiscences, but mostly I felt proud. Obama was the first president I was old enough to vote for, and I did so twice with excitement and joy. It's a little heart-breaking to look at this book, which tells the story of eight years of a man's life, knowing that the man who succeeded him is doing his best to spit on all Obama tried to achieve for the betterment of the country. I know people were left behind, peop ...more
LaDonna
Let's begin at the end:
"The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally upon the welfare of all of us".--President Theodore Roosevelt**

Words cannot express the joy, pride and hope I felt going through this amazing book with my daughter. Joy in sharing in the memories, both good and bad, of Obama's eight years in office. Pride as I remember holding my infant son when Obama won reelection in 2012. Hope that the US will be able to reclaim her glory and respect throughout our country and the world. The Obama presidency/>"The
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Diane
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This photo collection of the Obama presidency is gorgeous, both in content and composition.

Pete Souza was the official White House photographer for all eight years of the Obama administration. He was a constant companion of the president and traveled all over the world with him. The pictures in this book tell an amazing history and serve as a reminder of what a kind, compassionate, dignified and thoughtful leader he was. Highly recommended.

Passage from Souza's Introduction
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Jeanne
I bought this beautiful book of photographs for my parents as a Christmas gift, and of course ordered myself a copy as well when I saw how wonderful it was. The picture on Amazon doesn't really do it justice. What can I say? Looking through these photos made me smile, and it made me cry. I'm not talking getting a little choked up, I'm talking I had to put the book down so that I didn't drip big salty tears on the pages. Pete Souza is an amazingly talented photographer who couldn't have done a be ...more
Rachel Reads Ravenously
I checked this book out from the library and now I am dying to purchase the book to have a copy at home. I discovered this book when I saw the junior novelization of it and placed a hold on the original. Cue 3 months later when my hold finally came in (there was a long list!) and I couldn't wait to rush home to read it.

I had tears in my eyes when reading this book and looking at all the wonderful photos Pete Souza took. The part where I really had to hold back from crying was seeing the photos
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I told myself that this was going to be a positive, happy review - and then I saw all the racist, hateful one star reviews for this book and got angry, because those people are exactly what is wrong with this world, and (specifically to the United States) this country. Like all other progressive people, I was shocked when Trump took (literally took because spoiler: he totes did not deserve it and probably didn't "win" it fairly) the presidency. Shocked, because I don't think any
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Brenda
With a foreword by Barack Obama, this beautiful book by Pete Souza, the White House's official photographer, captures the essence of the man who was President of the United States for 8 years. Almost two million photographs were taken of the President over that period, with a spectacular array enclosed between the covers of this book.

The closeness between the President and his family is obvious, even the family's two dogs are included. The times of sadness, of tragedy - and the times of happine
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Kelli
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The combination of an extremely talented photographer with a terrific eye for the evocative and a stellar subject in President Obama is extraordinary. The captions add a sense of intimacy to this inside look. Spectacular! 5 stars
Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City
I bought “Obama: An Intimate Portrait: The Historic Presidency in Photographs” by Pete Souza for myself for Christmas, and it’s my favorite coffee table book. I flip through it every day...With a foreword by President Barack Obama himself, this beautiful book by Pete Souza, the White House's official photographer, captures the essence of the man who was the President of the United States for 8 years. He supposedly took over two million pictures! Souza has done a magnificent job with this visual ...more
Kasa Cotugno
I've downed this book in little sips since it's almost too painful to look at these beautiful pictures of a White House in which chaos, discrimination and criminal behavior were not present, in which there was a family that defined the word family and not the empty shell of one. In which efforts were made to advance, not to destroy. The fact that those efforts are deliberately being gutted is beyond belief.
Joy
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book by Pete Souza, President Obama's White House photographer. I'm proud to say I voted for President Obama twice and this book reminded me why. In addition to being an excellent president, he's also a truly good man. I enjoyed this look back at his presidency but it also made me sad because I think the man who took over his job has been such a monumental disaster.

My favorite pictures are the ones where Obama is interacting with children. Especially when he met Prince Georg
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Jonetta
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jonetta by: Angela M
This pictorial history of the Obama presidency made me too nostalgic at the moment. Knew I’d miss him just didn’t know how much:)

Many of the photos are iconic that I’ve seen over the years but there are just as many I’ve never seen. It’s a wonderful journey over eight years and Souza has a talented eye. I’m so glad to have this as a memory of a better time.
Chrissie
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
The best accolade I can bestow is that my two boys lined up to be next to look at and read this book. Can I read it next, please? is the most lovely literary request in this house.

This was a family photo album of the highest order. Constructed with love, attention, and respect—you feel all of that with every page. Beautiful and carefully chosen images dominate this book, but there are captions, blurbs, and snippets of stories that really say a lot with few words. His pictures speak, too.
Ye Lin Aung
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, read-2017
Bought the book. Brought it home. Read it in one gulp. Give me the laughter, tears, sadness and joy in one sit. How could you not love this book ? Candid, beautiful photos (plus captions)

I beg you to check out Pete Souza's Instagram!

My memorable moments.





This story is better than the photo. Back in 2011, the President invited Bono and Alicia Keys to lunch in his private dining room adjacent to the Oval Office. Bono asks where he should sit. Potus says sit wherever there's a chair. Bono sees a guitar case in the co
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Lynn
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book during the holidays and have flipped through it a few times, but tonight I felt the need to read it cover to cover. I have been so disheartened by the current occupant of the White House that I needed to be reminded of what it was like to be led by a knowledgeable, moral, compassionate, thoughtful, reasonable, erudite, humorous, serious, humble, kind, respected and respectful man. A man who teaches his daughters “to be kind and to be useful.” A man who consoles others during ...more
Heather
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: photo-books
If I could give this book 100 stars, I would.

The pictures and captions provoked emotions in me I wasn’t anticipating. Pete Souza’s pictures really are worth a thousand words. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. A must read!
Cortney
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
“I have had the extraordinary privilege of being the man in the room for eight years, visually documenting President Obama for history. This book is the result of that effort; I gave it my all. I hope that the photographs that follow, accompanied by my words, will show you the true character of this man and the essence of his Presidency, as seen through my eyes and felt through my heart.”

Pete Souza takes us on on a little trip down memory lane. Several of these photos broug
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Sara
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was iffy about reading this for fear that it would send me into a downward spiral of depression from which there might be no return. I mean I didn't exactly want to be reminded for perhaps the fifteenth time this week just how much I miss this man. Squirting lemon juice on the paper cut ya know?

I was pleasantly surprised though because in the end what this lovely book (that my husband is demanding we buy) did was remind me for a few precious moments what the office of the presidenc
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Karen Foster
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
On Christmas Day, I settled down for a quiet hour with this gorgeous book and it actually brought me to tears. The photographer is amazing, and has captured some truly beautiful moments and images. I’ll treasure this one.... 💕
Mary Ann
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful book-so many memories. Pete Souza is a photographic genius. In these difficult times, it's lovely to be reminded that good things are possible.
Lesa
Pete Souza took all the photos of then Senator Barack Obama, so it's no surprise he was asked to become the Chief Official White House Photographer. For eight years, he had full access to take pictures of the President. If you pick up Obama: An Intimate Portrait, you'll recognize some of the iconic pictures. Others will seem fresh. For those of us who admired the 44th President of the United States, it's not only an intimate glimpse inside eight years, it's a collection that brings regret.
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Cheryl
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful pictorial of the Obama presidency. Pete Souza captures the humility, humor, sadness and love of President Obama. I'm so happy that I experienced the administration of the greatest POTUS. This book is a keepsake for the ages!
Nicole
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd give this five stars if it hadn't made me so sad and nostalgic. I hate our current president.
Rebecca
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Beautifully curated collection of emotionally evocative photos. Lots of history captured with a masterful eye. Souza can make even the mundane or routine feel poignant.

There is not much text, but I did find a typo in one of the longer descriptions, which irked me. “Geronimo,” not “Gerinomo.” (:
Colleen
Chief White House photographer Pete Souza spent literally every waking moment documenting the eight years of President Barack Obama’s presidency. He culled about 300 photos from his massive collection to produce this book, hoping to “show you the true character of the man, and the essence of his Presidency”. Mr. Souza, you definitely succeeded.

There are many photos of historical moments, but the photos that most impressed me were the candid photos of Obama in more relaxed, personal m
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Philip
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How amazing to have lived through the Obama presidency with all the tangible steps forward his Administration took along with all the hope and promise his presidency symbolized. Why did we have to fall so hard with the next president? Souza's book fills me with a sense of wonder that I lived to see the first African-American president not only be elected, but do such an honorable and outstanding job and then be re-elected. Paging through this book and reflecting on the photographs reminds me of ...more
Valarie
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, non-fiction
I’ve been following Pete Souza on Instagram for many years and pre-ordered this book when he first announced it was available. I teared up many times while reading it... remembering these photos and our amazing President. One warning, this thing is massive and it’s heavy. Don’t let it sit on your lap while you read it; your legs will fall asleep.
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Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office. Previously Souza was an Assistant Professor of Photojournalism at Ohio University, the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune, a freelancer for National Geographic, and an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan. His books include the New York Times ...more
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