Photographers have the innate ability to capture some of the most beautiful and riveting moments possible when it comes to photographs. The same goes for the White House photographer who, as I’m sure you can imagine, must be pretty friggin’ remarkable at his craft in order to both earn and retain such a prestigious job.
Pete Souza, Director and Chief Official White House Photographer, put together a collection of the best photographs from the previous year of Obama, and they all certainly met expectations. Although many of them were not food-related, I decided to pick out the best ones that were.
Obama takes a bite of fruit while perusing the produce section of a Kroger’s grocery store after a town hall meeting. Predictably, this heinous crime is reprehensible and can not go unpunished, hence why many are calling for his imPeachment.
Denver, CO – President Obama shares a pizza dinner with a handful of people that wrote letters to him before his visit to Denver. The delicious-looking cheese pull he’s got going on comes directly from The Wazee Supper Club.
President Obama tips the scales in his favor when it comes to his trip director, Marvin Nicholson. President Obama jokingly tries to send a message to Marvin about his diet lately, and as you can see in the background, the rest of his administration has no probelm with the POTUS’s playful and humanizing proclivity for pranks.
Obama enjoys a meal with Veteran Army Ranger Cory Remsburg and his family in their home. Obama met Remsburg in 2009, then Remsburg was seriously injured in a roadside explosion a year later while in Afghanistan. Since then, Obama has met with Cory and his family several times, never forgetting to thank him for his enormous sacrifice.
President Obama looks on with concern as Vice President Joe Biden promises to glaze the smiling emloyee’s donut hole at the famed Gingerbread House Bakery in Kokomo, Indiana.
“The President shares a laugh while having lunch with Rebekah Erler at Matt’s Bar in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Erler, a 36-year-old working wife and mother of two pre-school aged boys, had written the President a letter about the economic challenges of raising a family. When a trip to Minneapolis was scheduled, the President invited Rebekah to have lunch with him. He later met her family and the following day, Rebekah introduced the President at his economic speech.”
“Call it the Shake Shack slide. As he is wont to do, the President normally does a group photo with restaurant staff when he stops for lunch or dinner somewhere. After having lunch with Vice President Biden at a Shake Shack in Washington, D.C., the President asked me where he should stand for the photo. Before I could even reply, the President jumped on the counter and slid onto the other side. The Vice President soon followed.”
“Sometimes you get lucky as a photographer. The President was greeting the crowd outside Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque in Kansas City. As he began talking to a young boy, actually giving him some life advice, someone’s smart phone briefly illuminated the President’s face. Without this light, the photograph wouldn’t have been nearly as successful.”
The pictures I’ve included obviously revolve around food, since, you know, Foodbeast and all. However, if you’d like to see all of them (and I highly suggest you do, they’re very well done), you can check them out here.
Photo Credit: Peter Souza, Official White House Photographer