The Way I See It – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 42 minutes
After taking one photography class at Boston University, Pete Souza graduated with the dream of becoming a photographer, much to the chagrin of his mother. After working for a few periodicals, a friend told him to apply for the Chief White House Photographer job for President Ronald Reagan. Pete never had his pulse on politics, but he applied for the job. Once hired, Pete believed it was his responsibility to capture the President as a leader and human being while capturing important moments in history. Pete snapped photos of President Reagan with First Lady Nancy in moments of fun, pain, and triumph. Those photos are Pete’s favorites. Within those heartwarming photos, you see a man with the world on his shoulders in the Oval Office. One moment that Pete recalls is President Reagan discussing the Iran-Contra Affair with his staff. President Reagan came to a confused realization of his fallacy and the cost to America. When President Reagan left office, Pete assumed his career in the White House was complete, but he was wrong. While working at the Chicago Times, someone asked Pete to photograph a promising, young Chicago senator. They believed this senator could run for the next presidential election. Accepting the job will change Pete’s view of photography, the White House, and the future of our country. He would try to take a sip of water from a firehose that was always on.
Based on Obama: An Intimate Portrait and Shade: The Tale of Two Presidents, this movie isn’t about two presidents (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). It’s about the evolution of Pete. This man, who witnessed defining moments in history from the highest viewpoint of the country, decided to no longer be the invisible fly on the wall. Instead, he took Instagram to share his dislike of the current leadership’s treatment of the White House photographers. Pete feels the photographers are not allowed to cover history and life; they collect photo ops. In his first Instagram post, Pete commented on the curtains. Soon people responded that Pete was using curtains to throw shade. His social media following grew, and the fly decided to sting like a bee. Pete will not be quiet about politics anymore. While this is a new look at the President, his family, and his job, it’s not for President Trump’s die-hard fans.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
I’m gonna throw some shade tonight if that’s ok? – Pete Souza