Lafayette Square, the site of everything from made-up cocaine purchases to strolls on the way to the future, is this week’s photo, taken at sunset. Inauguration stands are in the process of being dismantled.
Part of the series below. Enjoy.
I was recently contacted by Jennifer Linney, the publisher of the book POTUS Tweets, about using my photographs to illustrate the moments of history catalogued in the book.
President Barack Obama was the first sitting U.S. president to tweet from the @POTUS Twitter handle, and he did so from May 18, 2015 to January 20, 2017. That Twitter handle will pass from president to president as terms end and terms begin, and the National Archives and Records Administration has preserved President Obama’s tweets in electronic format only, under a new Twitter handle: @POTUS44
Old-fashioned paper-and-ink girl that I am, I’ve compiled a book of those tweets.
Because, she told me, the cost of publishing a book like this in color is prohibitive, she used black and white images.
However, there’s no such prohibition here – these are the original photos. I will forever remember the honor of being in these moments in our nation’s history. It’s what happens in Washington, DC, where the future is born every day 🙂 .
(People asked me if the White House image was a photoshop creation. No, it was real -> The Stunned Silence in front of the White House in Rainbow Colors)
The ceremony was filmed and will be broadcast this evening. One thing that you will not see on television (I think) is the fact that the first family came out very early in the show to light the tree briefly, and then they left. We were thinking, “makes sense, they’re very busy people.” But in fact, they were backstage the entire time and made several appearances throughout the filming, culminating with the President singing jingle bells with the audience. It’s an impressive commitment the leader of our country makes to the people he serves, in his duty.
Rest of the photos below, enjoy, feel free to share, all are community commons licensed (of course)
Additional photos below. Click to enlarge.
On March 25, 2016, I visited The White House as it recognized ten individuals from across the country as “White House Champions of Change for the Affordable Care Act,” in concert with the 6th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.
The event itself was not full of hoopla. Opening remarks were made by Denis McDonough (@Denis44), White House Chief of Staff, a last minute substitution for HHS Secretary Mathews Burwell. McDonough’s most emphatic point was that the ACA has been an individual gift to the 20 million Americans who are now covered.
The audience at the event (see photos) was extremely diverse, as were the perspectives shared on the two panels. They included a 4th year medical student who’s also an Executive Director of an organization mobilizing student community health workers and a leader of HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ health coalitions. What was impressive for me was that all seemed to recognize the significance of coverage as a stepping stone to (a) better care and (b) improving the broader determinants of health. Panelists went beyond the walls of doctors offices and hospitals in their thinking, a sign of what happens when people visualize health care beyond coverage. You can read about the 10 champions here.
The White House separately distributed a list of accomplishments and a chart book of major milestones related to the ACA. It’s impressive for me to note that in my lifetime, I have never lived in the United States when more than 90 percent of our population had health insurance coverage, until now. It’s why in one of my tweets, I used the hashtag #HoorayACA.
My photos are above, enjoy.