Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

The Annotated White House Flickr Feed: He's Got Your Health Care Right Here

One man stalks our President. His name is Pete Souza. Day and night, he tries to shoot the President, through every opening available. That is what she said, and here are GQ's Ana Marie Cox and the Huffington Post's Eat the Press editor Jason Linkins to explain this man's madness.


Yeah, what this image doesn't capture is the moment DNC chair Tim Kaine tried to slip a twenty into Barack's waistband.


As a condition of aid, any nation in need has to agree to send their First Ladies — that's Elizabeth Preval of Haiti, above, and Ada Papandreou of Greece, below — to spend time in the Michelle Obama Kiss and Cry Room. (The degree to which each is turned to Michelle demonstrates their relative indebtedness.)

5Yep. Someone let Obama wander too near the Lincoln portrait again!

6Obama leaves his left-handed graffiti tag on some clean wall. So tough shit, gentrifiers.

7Jeesh, what is with Rahm's purple pullover? Is that a loaner from Axelrod?

8Seriously, who else gets their picture taken, going over paperwork?

9When the White House wants to get a counter-cultural figure that's neither clean nor articulate, they get Bob Dylan.

10Boehner and Obama discuss melanin.

BOEHNER: "Yeah, well it takes me this many trips to the tanning salon to achieve this rich, blood-orange color."

12Here's how the Pete Souza "Hero, Pensively Framed" magic happens.

13White House doctor Jeffrey Kuhlman, seen here tooling around in the "spare limousine," obviously needs a lesson from Sebelius on how to keep from spreading his goddamn germs around.

14This is what Tim Geithner looks like when he is flirting. Now you know how that works.

15What? Peter Orszag wears cowboy boots? Did he lose a bet or something?

16Obama's personal aide is "Reggie Love." He doesn't just SOUND like a hot athletic star, he IS a hot athletic star. Joe Biden's personal aide, seen above, is "Fran Person" — if that is in fact his real name. But, uh, either way: suits him.

17Meet Erskine Bowles and Alan K. Simpson, your National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform co-chairs. Hey, if those foreheads can't solve the financial crisis, whose forehead can?

18Barack Obama meets with Leo McGarry.

19Obama looks at pictures of people who have gotten high more than he has.

20White House staffers pass the time on Air Force One playing Celebrity Password.

21HARRY REID: "Yep, we're gonna pass health care reform by about THIS much."

21Oh, America. Your second black president is still pretty white.

21Uhm. Wow. Your move, Carla Bruni.

37 Comments / Post A Comment

Zack (#2,609)

It never struck me until now, but the President must have the most comfy office chairs ever!

HiredGoons (#603)

I also had this thought!

What is with the "O" in "Obama"? Is that where he uses a half-dozen pens so mucketymucks can have them as souvenirs?

GoGoGojira (#2,871)

Yeah, but I like to pretend that he signed it with a pen gripped between his toes.

HiredGoons (#603)

Rahm Emmanuel wears a Slanket® !!!

Sally Provan (#3,648)

This is seriously interfering with my ability to fantasise about him.

HonoriaGlossop (#1,247)

Oddly, this picture has only increased my desire to rip off his clothes while he berates me and makes me cry.

garge (#736)

The only thing Rahm could do to quell my around-the-clock arousal for him would be, perhaps, to dress up like a Teletubbie.

ProfessorBen (#1,254)

I love seeing things like our army, drinking from juice boxes.

Bittersweet (#765)

There's Fanta, too. Maybe it's for the grownup soldiers, though.

HiredGoons (#603)

Just as long as they keep away from the Tang – astronauts ONLY.

that picture of hillary hugging him with such a real smile is awesome.

joshc (#442)

that picture is awesome, but is it in this photoset?

doubled277 (#2,783)

There's a page 2, which took me by suprise too.

joshc (#442)

thank you! I did not expect to need reading comprehension for a picture post.

cherrispryte (#444)

I needed this SO badly today. No, seriously.

Also, fun fact! Apparently (according to a woman who spoke to a class I'm taking a few weeks ago,) when you interview a bunch of youth in Kabul, and ask them what their main concern is, "car accidents" is the most popular answer. So crossing guards in Afghanistan are actually a really, really good thing.
Assuming those guys with the yellowy stripes really are crossing guards.

Flashman (#418)

Actually, in the US Army the striped bandolier denotes an MRS: 'Mess Room Superintendent.' It's basically a fancy term for lunchroom monitor; they make sure that recyclables & organics are deployed in the correct receptacles, that the correct silverware is used in the correct order, and that mess room decorum is maintained to the standards of the US Army. In return, they receive additional sat. phone time, and a small stipend.

cherrispryte (#444)

Is it pronounced "M-R-S" or "Misses", though?

Either that or they just toss it all in the burn pits.

doubled277 (#2,783)

Doesn't the oval office look fucking depressing? And this is where our world's leader is deciding to press the button or not? What if it's gloomy in there???

Flashman (#418)

No kidding, I was just as shocked. It looks like the lobby of a rust belt convention center.

lempha (#581)

If Barry owns THOSE jeans why did he wear those gross ones to the MLB All-Star game (last summer)? Or were these purchased after?

GoGoGojira (#2,871)

I am just glad Obama's jeans are longer than Steve Jobs'.

katiebakes (#32)

Oh my god FRAN PERSON IS THE BEST PERSON. I will now stalk him for the rest of my days. Maybe he can help me meet JILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

Ohhhhh, Michelle.

riggssm (#760)

That was an awesome picture of Michelle at the end of pg 1.

(And I love your Numan reference!)

sigerson (#179)

What the fuck is up with the shoulder belts on Air Force One? Timmy Geithner and his buddy are wearing them, which is great I guess if the plane has to bust into some evasive manuevers. But then why doesn't Michelle use it as well???

michelle packs her own guns. no one fucks with her.

Shomari Hines (#3,534)

Actually in the 19th picture that is not Air Force One. Just an FYI ;)

txvoodoo (#4,226)

Love the Leo McGarry one, and especially the Carla Bruni comment, because my first thought at that pic was "Tyra's never gonna have anyone THIS fierce on her show."

Redacted (#2,882)

I also shoot horse when I am stressed. Presidents, they're just like us!

Sally Provan (#3,648)

It really does suck when you spend ages figuring out what your signature will be when you are nine years old, and you work out ways to make the letters look all cool and then you start signing it like that even though it's not like you need to sign much anyway, and then as each year passes it seems less and less cool but you can't figure out how to change it because it's not like changing your signature is a normal thing to do, and eventually you just get used to being an adult with a kid's signature but every so often someone comments on how weird your signature is and you're like "huh, I guess it is".

Also, the first lady of Haiti really needs to pee. She has probably gone by now, though.

Flashman (#418)

I must have missed the class when I was growing up that told us that grown-ups need to have this thing called a signature. Was there one? To my continuing shame I don't have a signature. All I can manage to do is just write my name as quickly as possible, but that's all that it looks like.
So I get the same sort of comments. E.g. a girl behind a bar, after I'd signed the Visa slip, saying 'aww, cute.'

HonoriaGlossop (#1,247)

Sir Harry Paget Flashman has far greater concerns than a piffling signature, what what.

Flashman (#418)

Rather! Whilst the other poor sods at Rugby were practising their penmanship I was off fagging froshers and rogering town wenches.

HonoriaGlossop (#1,247)

Oh, Flashy, you're such a rogue!

**bats eyelashes, faints**

sallytomato (#549)

THANK GOD. I was starting to go through withdrawal!

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