Obama's First Two Years: An Inside View

Obama's Two Years in Office: A View From Inside
Pete Souza / White House

Feb. 2, 2009
This photo was taken less than two weeks after Obama's inauguration by Pete Souza, the Chief White House photographer. Souza was covering a meeting of the President with Vermont Governor Jim Douglas. Before the meeting, White House valets had moved the couches in the Oval Office to accommodate all the press who covered the event. "When the photo-op ended," Souza explains, "the President said to Gov. Douglas, 'let's move the sofas back in place.' Gov. Douglas didn't quite know what to do as the President did the heavy lifting. The valets now good-naturedly cringe when they look at this picture because it was their responsibility to move the sofas back in place."

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