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Mon Oct 26, 2020, 06:45 PM

"The Way I See It" photo documetary of US President Obama, by Pete Souza

(MSNBC showed this doc again on Friday night)

If you haven't yet watched it, please do.
It is such an great narrated photo story of Barack Obama's years of service to America.
Behind the scenes of his family, his relationships, the decisions he faced & his finest accomplishments.

Worth every minute by the man who photographed it all,
Mr. Pete Souza

'The Way I See It' filters the Obama presidency through Pete Souza's lens

Souza's new-found fame, however, stemmed from an unexpected -- and to friends and associates, surprising -- departure once Trump took over, as his growing exasperation prompted him to begin contrasting flattering images of Obama with actions of the Oval Office's current inhabitant. Those shots of Obama, he says, illustrate "how the job as president should be done."

Porter augments the interviews with Souza and glimpses of his work with other voices, such as former United Nations ambassador Samantha Power, who suggest that Souza helped create "a window into the man that was occupying the office."

The documentary will surely be moving for those nostalgic about Obama's presidency, from his humorously competitive streak on the basketball court to the heartbreaking visit to Newtown, as David Wheeler describes the president's interactions with his grief-stricken family by saying, "There's no substitute for empathy. It is a foundational relationship between human beings."

"The Way I See It" thus straddles an interesting line, looking back at the last administration through Souza's lens, while drawing a direct line from those photos -- and what he took from his two White House stints -- to his public trolling of Trump, and the sense of outrage that inspired it.

As the title suggests, how viewers respond to that, like everything else in partisan times, will surely be in the eye of the beholder. But simply in terms of presenting a draft of history through his earlier work and scalding commentary via his more recent endeavors, Souza's aim has been true.


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