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Barack Obama: The Official Inaugural Book Hardcover – May 1, 2009

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David Hume Kennerly won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for his photos of the Vietnam War, and two years later was appointed President Gerald R. Ford's personal White House photographer. American Photo Magazine named him "One of the 100 Most Important People in Photography." Kennerly has published several books of his work, including Shooter, Photo Op, and Photo du Jour. Robert McNeely bought his ?rst camera while serving in the Army in Southeast Asia. He worked as the staff photographer for George McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign, and was a staff photographer in the Carter White House from 1976 to 1979 and President Bill Clinton's personal White House photographer from 1992 to 1998, which led to his book The Clinton Years. Tom Brokaw began covering the White House as a correspondent for NBC News in 1973 during the Watergate scandal. He was anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw for almost 25 years, and also served as the anchor of NBC's Today Show. U.S. Representative John Lewis was elected to Congress in 1986 and has served as U.S. Representative of Georgia's Fifth Congressional District since then. A leader in the American Civil Rights Movement, Lewis spoke at the 1963 March on Washington, and became nationally known during the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Five Ties Publishing; Commemorative edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979472792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979472794
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.9 x 11.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Menuez on April 26, 2009
Remember when the smart money had it between Hillary and Rudy? Obama's rocket ride to the stratosphere of American politics shocked an anxious, tired nation to its feet. If Americans were not 100 percent behind Obama, they were certainly paying attention on January 20th and 100 percent hopeful that true change was coming. And that attention and hope is what made this particular inauguration so singular. I could not attend and for once I really wanted to be there. Which is why I'm so surprisingly satisfied by the stunning new book, "Barack Obama: The Official Inaugural Book," produced by a crack team of shooters led by the former White House photographers David Hume Kennerly , Bob McNeely and our current White House chronicler Pete Souza.

Masters of finessing intimate, private moments from the most shielded public figures--even while they are in public--the team does not disappoint. I loved seeing the broad grin on a slightly hidden Denzel Washington as he watched the swearing in ceremony, and was moved by the way Michelle Obama keeps her life in balance with her family by taking time for her birthday with her kids. These simple, yet powerful moments by Kennerly and McNeely are more than matched by the photos of David S. Holloway and Andy Issacson capturing the other big story of the day: America's long slow journey toward racial reconciliation. And Pete Souza always rocks my world. I literally got chills looking at his quiet observations of Obama taking stock of his new life; viewing the Kennedy portrait, catching a patch of sun as he contemplates his impossible task ahead.

If you were not there and want to get a very, very good taste of what it was like to witness history, here's your front row ticket to the day that changed America and the world.
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First off, a disclaimer...I am friends of many of those who were involved in the creation of this book. But of the scores of Obama books on the market, this one stands out for two primary reasons: first, it's the official book of record of President Obama's inauguration (sanctioned by the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee); and second, due to the talents of its world-class photographers, essayists and editors, it absolutely captures the excitement, energy and exhilaration of Barack Obama's ascent to the Presidency and the days surrounding his inauguration. As one who so wanted to be in D.C. with millions of fellow-celebrants, this book is the next best thing, and is a wonderful record of one of the most historic moments in American history. Highly, highly recommended.
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I went to the inauguration in DC and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my lifetime. The crowd, people, energy, and hope were all palpable. I wanted to remember this event is as many ways as I could, and so I have purchased a few of these inaugural books. This one is BY FAR THE BEST of the lot. The photos are amazing and the book is really a high quality publication -- not just a quickie production with poor quality printing, etc. The essays literally brought a tear to my eye, and the full text of Obama's speech is in here -- moving as well. This is far and beyond the best from what I have seen in the genre.
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This is an extraordinary book and as I read through it, it brought tears to my eyes because it is like the inauguration just happened yesterday. The photos and essays in the book are awesome and inspiring! What a defining moment in history to see belief, inspiration, hope, and change in the faces of all who came together to share a common purpose. I appreciate the quality this book has presented.
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This book stands above the crowd of books on Obama and the inauguration. It is a very high quality book full of beautiful and moving photos, which you can only find in this book. The photos cover everything: from the whistle-stop tour, the musical performances, the inauguration itself, the balls that night, and the first day in the White House. There is a picture of President Obama looking at a photo of Kennedy near the end of the book that is particularly poignant. The essay by Rep. John Lewis, connecting the civil rights movement to Obama's success, is also great. Highly recommended.
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An impressive review of a great historical moment in America's history. I was proud to have voted for our first Black President not only once but twice, so he could have time to enact some of his innovative plans for our nation. .After seven years, I still admire and respect a man who is undergoing the most criticism and opposition ever from the Republican Party. In spite of their refusal to cooperate in the legislative process, Obama has doggedly fought for his agenda, and I believe that in spite of his unfair political harrassment, his accomplishments will give him an honorable place in our history as a truly great President.

I treasure my Inaugural book with the photos of the massive throngs that supported and cheered him.
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This is an excellent piece of memorabilia for the Obama presidency and legacy. A friend at work had it, let me borrow it for a week and I simply had to have a copy for myself. Can't wait till the one for his second inaugural comes out!
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I am very please with the content of the Barack Obama: Inaugural Book and I am
happy to add it to my collection. The products condition was satisfactory. The
cost was appropriate to the condition of the book.
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