A Tale of Two Presidents

Book - 2018 | First edition
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"From Pete Souza, ... author of Obama: An Intimate Portrait, comes a powerful tribute to a bygone era of integrity in politics. As Chief Official White House Photographer, Pete Souza spent more time alongside President Barack Obama than almost anyone else. His years photographing the President gave him an intimate behind-the-scenes view of the unique gravity of the Office of the Presidency--and the tremendous responsibility that comes with it. Now, as a concerned citizen observing the Trump administration, he is standing up and speaking out. Shade is a portrait in Presidential contrasts, telling the tale of the Obama and Trump administrations through a series of visual juxtapositions. Here, more than one hundred of Souza's unforgettable images of President Obama deliver new power and meaning when framed by the tweets, news headlines, and quotes that defined the first five hundred days of the Trump White House. What began with Souza's Instagram posts soon after President Trump's inauguration in January 2017 has become a potent commentary on the state of the Presidency, and our country. Some call this "throwing shade." Souza calls it telling the truth. In Shade, Souza's photographs are more than a rejoinder to the chaos, abuses of power, and destructive policies that now define our nation's highest office. They are a reminder of a President we could believe in, and a courageous defense of American values."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316421829
Characteristics: 235 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jan 16, 2021

Interesting book to browse as the nation transitions from Trump to Biden shortly after Trump's second impeachment.

Obama fans will love it and applaud the library's acquisition. Trump fans likely will object to the stark contrast between Obama and Trump and will be livid that Pete Souza got out the bright lights to reveal the truth which they'd prefer remain hidden.

Like the author, I'm wasn't cool enough to comprehend the concept of "shade." He explained: "It's a 'subtle', sneering expression of contempt for or disgust with someone ~ sometimes verbal, and sometimes not."

Essentially, the book explains Souza's snarky comments on his Instagram posts by sharing Trump's actions which triggered his indignation. Some of his comments are LOL funny and insightful and others not so much. The photos, however, are a remarkable chronicle of history. I'm grateful it is part of the library's collection. We all need to be mindful of how our democracy nearly ended with a coup on January 6, 2021

Oct 20, 2020

Great book showing the obvious contrasts between current & past administrations. Loved the photos showing different sides of a presidency. How I miss terribly those 8 years of a less stressful time. Shows how a true leader behaves - one you are proud of & not ashamed.
Can not recommend high enough if you truly care about this country.

Feb 06, 2020

A well put together, very well shot and bittersweet "compare/contrast" photography book.

Oct 16, 2019

Obama White House photographer makes a side-by-side comparison between Obama and Trump. Structure is photos of Obama and, on the facing page, tweets and articles detailing the failings of the current president.

May 06, 2019

Great book! Shows what a complete fool Dumpy is and how jealous he is of President Obama, the greatest president in modern history. Poor Dumpy - in 10 years no one will admit to having voted for him. He will be know as a black stain on the history of the United States of America.

JCLHelenH Mar 17, 2019

@petesouza just gained a follower.

Mar 01, 2019

 great movie

Feb 28, 2019

Without getting into the politics, this book reminds me how much I miss having a dignified President.

Jan 26, 2019

A follow up to Souza's earlier extensive book of photographs of the Obama administration. This takes news headlines and excerpts, as well as remarks and tweets from the inept twit currently occupying the Oval Office, and contrasts them with images of the former President during his time in office, among other items Souza took during his time as official photographer. Souza started this project first as an Instagram project to speak out against the current administration in a way that mixes humour and accuracy. Among the many things one takes away from this quick read is the sharp contrast between a carnival swindler and the integrity of the man who came before him.

Jan 18, 2019

This book does an excellent job of contrasting the aspirations and integrity of the Obama White House with the aspersions and indecency of the Trump White House.

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Dec 19, 2019

Apparently the Easter Bunny just got axed; no one ever noticed.


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