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    On his first day in office, President Barack Obama speaks with a foreign leader in the Oval Office, Jan. 21, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    1. R Flick [deleted] 61 months ago

      Corded phone in the White house?/

    2. juanhutchens [deleted] 60 months ago

      Pete Souza is very, very talented and will produce an abundance of iconic photos from the White House. Look for more.

    3. labanex 60 months ago

      R Flick: I was wondering that too. Corded phone. But I can imagine, even though the military has very sophisticated encrypted wireless technology, a non-wireless land-line is probably the safest system to use for extreme secrecy. I can imagine that the President's quarters has wireless Bluetooth or better technology for regular phone conversations for normal life situations, like family. But for making policies or for making executive decisions, I would use a corded land-line for that as well.

    4. marymrevis EMPRESS OF EXPLORE! 60 months ago

      Aside from this being a wonderful shot...I just wanted to say Mr. President may you ask God's guidance in your decision making and your work there in the White House in leading our Nation. Remember that we "hired" you in good faith sir. God bless you and yours..God bless America

    5. Imagin' [deleted] 60 months ago


    6. paololivorno 60 months ago

      great Obama !!

    7. WinaVD 60 months ago

      The back light is awesome ! no need for comments more about Politic in this photo, I thought I just love and really like with this setup white balance, using the sun lighting in the morning !

    8. roberthuffstutter 60 months ago

      Garafalo owes white men one giant apology

    9. Cicius 60 months ago

      Fantastic light !

    10. neillanwarne 60 months ago

      Just found this photostream, very impressive. It's hard to imagine that we in the UK would have something similar, we're not even allowed to take photos of police freely! The photo itself really shows the craft of a good photographer using the light, excellent.

      As for comments, it'd be nice if people lost the political mud slinging, but even better if the CAPS key was turned off :D

    11. WinaVD 60 months ago

      "no need for comments more about Politic in this photo" by Wina VD...
      Ahhh, Dear Mr.Robert....to be honest and respect to you....Your explanation is totally wrong meaning, what talking about my comments here. I'm commenting about setup lighting on Camera/photography! do not mean false/pleonasm words with light or what kind of them....so I don't understand now.....why, have bad thinking with hard emotional? .... I NEVER, make decided means to peoples stopped arguments with politic here ...please,re-read what I'm talking about...:) Have wonderful Day to you...thank you for your sharing, anyway!! Have a good Day, Robert!

      Obama's Book

    12. californiaspecial 60 months ago

      the lighting is amazing

    13. Dots and Loops 60 months ago

      Gorgeous photo: love the framing within the framing of the curtains.

    14. BrawnJaguarXJR-14 60 months ago

      Don't tax me bro.

    15. fabrymondino|photography 60 months ago

      Fantastic colors and lights

    16. N. Pulowsky 59 months ago

      Amazing shot, the sunshine is great.

    17. suenosdeuomi 59 months ago

      Yes, Mr. President, get to work, and help us create the changes we so badly need.

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