White House Photographer Pete Souza had this to say about capturing this photo: "The sun was setting as the Presidential motorcade arrived back at Miami International Airport. I ran to get in front of Air Force One so I could use the beautiful sky as the background when the President boarded the plane."
The White House photographer Pete Souza writes "The President was ready to announce the news about the mission against Osama bin Laden and was putting the finishing touches on his statement in the Outer Oval Office. As he did so, the networks broke in with bulletins confirming that bin Laden had been killed and a photograph of him appeared on the television screen in the background near the Vice President and Press Secretary Jay Carney."
Souza says "One of the most memorable moments of the year was when the President hugged Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as he walked onto the floor of the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol to deliver his annual State of the Union address."
Pete Souza reveals an interesting fact about this photo: "The President hugs the First Lady after she had introduced him at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa. The campaign tweeted a similar photo from the campaign photographer on election night and a lot of people thought it was taken on election day."
U.S. President Barack Obama collects the folio holding the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 after signing it into law in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, November 2, 2015.
Phto credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Though Obama did not personally or directly address the issue at hand – Trump's ban on people traveling from 7 predominantly Muslim countries and the protests it spurred – those close to him suggest his responses may become more forceful in the coming months.
According to inside sources who spoke with Politico, the question is how to do so most effectively and at a frequency that doesn't dilute the impact of Obama's message.
Insiders noted that assertiveness must be used wisely as Obama, according to Politico, "knows he only gets one chance at it being the first time that he takes on Trump himself."
For now, the commentary is limited to the statement, which reads, in part, "President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country. Citizens exercising their constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake."