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    1. What does White House Photo Editor Alice Gabriner look for when selecting the right photographs to present to the public?

      She looks at a photograph’s sense of light, composition, color, exposure and a special “feeling” she might have about the photograph.

    2. Under President Obama, who has final approval of the photographs his administration releases to the public?

      The White House communications staff has final approval of photographs.

    3. Why did President Obama decide not to personally approve all the photographs released to the public, while Lyndon B. Johnson did?

      President Obama would not have time. Digital photography has made it easier to take many more photographs. The Obama Administration photographers take 20,000–80,000 photographs per month.

    4. Why do presidents and their staff review photographs before they are released?

      They review the photographs to make sure they portray a positive and accurate image of the president and the administration.

    • Under the George W. Bush administration, the weekly radio address was taped and shared through audio podcasts.
    • In 1982, Ronald Reagan revived the weekly radio address, and each president since has continued the practice.
    • Pete Souza was also a White House photographer for President Ronald Reagan and a freelance photographer for National Geographic.
    • It is customary for the president's weekly radio address to be followed by a response from a member of the opposing political party.
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    Age of Enlightenment Noun

    (1700s) period in European history where science and reason were promoted as ideals of good citizens and society.

    Lyndon Johnson Noun

    (1908-1973) 36th president of the United States.

    photography Noun

    art and science of producing still or moving images using the chemical reaction of light on a sensitive surface, such as film or an electronic sensor.

    Ronald Reagan Noun

    (1911-2004) 40th president of the United States.

    sitting president Noun

    incumbent president or president who is currently in office.

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