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Pete Souza shares his President Obama experience, in photos and words

Staff Writer
Austin 360
Jacob Philadelphia, 5, touches President Barack Obama’s hair to see if it feels like his own hair. Contributed by PETE SOUZA

Pete Souza spent eight years as Barack Obama’s official White House photographer, pointing his camera lens at the president during moments intense, quirky and intimate.

Through Souza’s eye, we got to see Obama sneaking a kiss with the first lady at a basketball game, letting a little boy touch his hair in the Oval Office and goofing off with his staff. We also saw him meeting with world leaders, hunched nervously in the situation room during the raid to kill Osama bin Laden and comforting victims of disaster.

Souza, 63, traveled around the globe with the president, snapping nearly 2 million photographs. In that time, he says with a little relief, he never once missed a motorcade. Souza will talk about his work in the White House and show photos on Feb. 3 at the Paramount Theatre.

Read more about his experiences in a story on our premium website.