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Obama--The First Year

About one year ago, I spent a couple days in DC for Obama's Inaguaration.  The event changed me forever.  Because I watched the debates closely, rooted for Obama, and attended the Inaguaration, Obama's story feels to me like I own a piece of it.

Obama's meteoric rise to power is THE entrepreneurial story of 2008.  Right Team + Right Offering + Right Timing = POTUS.  POTUS good god!

Check out the following photos from the past year.  All photos are Official White House photos and by Pete Souza.  Also see photos from the Presidential Campaign.


Jan. 20, 2009
“We were on a freight elevator headed to one of the Inaugural Balls. It was quite chilly, so the President removed his tuxedo jacket and put it over the shoulders of his wife. Then they had a semi-private moment as staff member and Secret Service agents tried not to look.”


Jan. 21, 2009
“This was his first morning in the Oval Office as President of the United States. He was reading some briefing material before a meeting.”

Jan. 23, 2009
“The President meets with his national security and intelligence team in the Situation Room of the White House for the first time.”


July 11, 2009
“When I tell people this is the departure ceremony from Ghana, they ask ‘why is he walking away from the plane.’ His motorcade had just brought him to the airport, and the First Family was walking to the stage where he was to give his farewell remarks."

Nov. 16, 2009
“The President listens during a meeting aboard Air Force One as we flew to Beijing, China.”

Dec. 1, 2009
“The President delivers remarks on Afghanistan before cadets at West Point.”


Dec. 9, 2009
“The day we were leaving for Oslo, the President’s first meeting of the morning was with his speechwriting team. He said he had stayed up most of the night writing. I was surprised to see that he had handwritten the entire speech so I made a few close-up pictures as he went over the speech with his aides in the Oval Office.”

Jan. 16, 2010
“President Obama had called on the two former Presidents to help with the situation in Haiti. During their public remarks in the Rose Garden, President Clinton had said about President Bush, ‘I’ve already figured out how I can get him to do some things that he didn’t sign on for.’ Later, back in the Oval, President Bush is jokingly asking President Clinton what were those things he had in mind.”

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