White House & Flickr

I was impressed to see another example of the Obama admin.’s efforts at transparency–this one through Flickr. “The Official White House Photo Stream” is a fascinating chronicle of the daily goings-on at the White House. There are endless cabinet meetings, Obama preparing for speeches, throwing a football around, catching a quick golf game with Biden and recent visits to Europe and Mexico. While it’s interesting to see the President and his staff (impromptu meetings, 1-on-1 chats and lots of walks down long hallways ala West Wing), the most fascinating thing is seeing the beautiful interiors of the White House–rooms we ordinarily don’t see in typical press photos. It’s a reminder of the formality and old-worldliness of the building–a stark contrast to the Obamas, with their casual style and lack of pretense. But in this one, they seem in synch with their surroundings.

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