A World Away From Trump: Obama Photog's New Documentary Moves People To Tears
Barack Obama's White House photographer touched the hearts of viewers in his new documentary about a government that feels like a lifetime ago.
The moving photos of Pete Souza in "The Way I See It," an MSNBC and Focus Features documentary broadcast on the network on Friday, sparked reactions on Twitter ranging from tears to longing to nostalgia.
Photos in the film show a tearful Obama hugging the parents of Sandy Hook victims, playing basketball with his daughters, letting a young black boy touch his head to compare haircuts, and lying on his back in the Oval Office with a baby in a costume with floppy ears attacks.
Souza was the official photographer for both Obama and Ronald Reagan - presidents, he said, who "respected the dignity of office". They also made themselves available to Souza and his camera for the sake of history. Donald Trump doesn't do that, Souza said. Trump often only agrees to pose for staged pictures.
"We need authentic moments for the story," Souza said on Friday in an interview with MSNBC's Joy Reid. “I've always seen my job this way: just hang around. Stay here and be there when something happens and take pictures while it happens. Don't direct, don't stage anything. Either you get it or you don't. "
Souza frequently speaks out against Trump on social media and often uses images of Obama in the White House to fuel his hits for the current president. He drove the comparison home in his 2018 book "Shadows: A Story of Two Presidents".
Twitter followers who saw the documentary got exactly what Souza wanted.
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