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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Who Knew...

Obama in Los Angeles, 2006


I was cleaning out a box over the weekend and found an old camera memory card from 2 1/2 years ago, when Obama came to town to sign his book, Audacity of Hope. He stopped in Encino for a private reception. It was all so relaxed. No guards. No fuss.

There was speculation that he was going to run for president, but no one knew for sure. He stood on the steps of the back porch, addressing a crowd of about 50 people. Afterward, he milled around the living room. He signed books with a black Sharpie (left handed). He smiled. Made everyone feel like they were the most important person in the room. (He has this way of grabbing people by the arm, from the elbow...)

I took nearly 40 pictures with a little digital camera that I didn't know how to work. Almost everyone left before Obama did. Afterward I went home, took the memory card out of the camera and dropped it into a box which I immediately misplaced, until now.

I've often looked back on that evening in October 2006. I should have taken a better camera, or maybe I should have brought along a friend who knew how to focus a lens. I should have talked to him longer. I should have remembered to get my book signed.

But who knew...


PS: My newly found photos are over here.

35 Comments:

Anonymous Tina Tarnof said...

This is so amazing, Tina, what a moment in history. Somebody else I knew mentioned not long ago how they met Obama at a private book signing party in LA while he wasn't yet running for president and how humble and wonderful he was. How he made everybody feel special and excited. The pctures are great, truly great. What a find! Thanks so much for sharing them with us!

Makes me wander what eles you have there somewhere, forgotten! :)

July 7, 2009 at 11:21 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

Wow! i wonder if your friend was at the same party! i think it's the only one Obama did in LA for his book...

i do have another treasure missing somewhere: holga film of brad pitt in new orleans...most of it didn't turn out...but if i could find it, i could work on it...

July 7, 2009 at 11:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You own treasures !!! I's a kind of lomography pictures, poetic and out of focus. His future was a bit uncertain like these pictures ... Sunny Side

July 7, 2009 at 11:47 PM  
Blogger Daydream Lily said...

These are fantastic Tina, what a moment you have captured!! yes find the Brad Pitt film, your full of wonders. love your blog!!!!

July 8, 2009 at 2:38 AM  
Blogger Federica said...

Obama is now here in Italy for the G8!

July 8, 2009 at 4:27 AM  
Blogger The Cottage Cheese said...

Great pictures, love the quirky snapshot angles. I love this man. I so wish I could have met him when he was still accessible.

July 8, 2009 at 4:55 AM  
OpenID chicknamedhermia said...

That's insane! I'm glad he's nice, cos he seems like a lovely person, but then so do a lot of famous people and then you hear the fan stories...

July 8, 2009 at 6:54 AM  
Anonymous Charlotte said...

These photos are stunning and, in their own way, wonderfully revealing of the man and moment. Your wonderful account of the circumstances makes it all better. Maybe we should organize a search party to help find the Brad Pitt photos.

July 8, 2009 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

wonderful moment in history you may never get again.
Thanks for posting.

July 8, 2009 at 7:57 AM  
Blogger Rosemildo Sales Furtado said...

Olá amiga! Passando para te desejar muita paz, amor, saúde e felicidades.
É, O Obama é realmente o tipo de homem que sabe conquistar as pessoas, é um dom pessoal que o mesmo tem.
Espero tua visita no nosso humilde espaço.

Beijos,

Furtado.

July 8, 2009 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Simply Mel said...

Gave me goosebumps - very cool! Love the photos!

July 8, 2009 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

nice shot. interesting how little moments in life turn out..

July 8, 2009 at 9:07 AM  
Anonymous Jade said...

Amazing photos. And he looks so young! It's crazy to see how much he's aged since then; I guess the weight of the world's problems will do that to you. But I think he's doing a fantastic job so far! :)

July 8, 2009 at 9:19 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

What a great find! Love your detail about taking people by the elbow. Wonderful photos!

July 8, 2009 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Ali said...

Beyond cool. One day, these pictures will be called history...if not already!

Who knew?

July 8, 2009 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger avant garde said...

who knew is right! how special to have those photos of a human being that is changing history! he has just a kind face in these photos as he does as president. i watched the slideshow thinking "how great is it that she took this many photos!"

July 8, 2009 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger ~ ennui ~ said...

Great story and wonderful memory to treasure ♥

July 8, 2009 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger suzette said...

Wow, that's absolutely amazing.
I can't even imagine him without tons of security surrounding him and his family.

July 8, 2009 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger Amelia said...

Whoah! How cool! Seriously...who would have thunk it?! :)

July 8, 2009 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger eva ravenstein said...

so cool!

July 8, 2009 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Oh how COOL!!! You have history in your hands my dear. Congratulations! LOVE the photographs.

July 8, 2009 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger A "cheery" disposition said...

such a cool story to have.

July 8, 2009 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger giulia said...

Every time I'm bummed by living here in mean DC (today esp. downer), I remember: but still...some things have changed....xoxo

July 8, 2009 at 6:10 PM  
Blogger LouDuk said...

Wow! That is so amazing! I would kill to meet him!

July 8, 2009 at 8:43 PM  
Blogger Rebecca (Dog-Eared) said...

still; what an amazing experience!

July 8, 2009 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger Annabelle said...

Wow! That's awesome!! I like the photo.. it looks very arty... Don't say your "Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda's" - at least you were there!

July 9, 2009 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger orange sugar home said...

wow!! fabulous post!! those are keepers!!

July 9, 2009 at 5:44 PM  
Blogger Pamela Terry and Edward said...

You didn't get your book signed??!
Well, the photos are wonderful.

July 9, 2009 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

it's so amazing that you got those pictures! thanks for sharing. :)

July 9, 2009 at 9:09 PM  
Blogger cgw @ accidentally, kle said...

that actually gave me the chills. how wonderful to have met him. i can't believe you didn't get a book signed tho!!!! :)

July 10, 2009 at 1:15 AM  
Blogger jonas wunderman said...

that's such a fantastic story ...

July 10, 2009 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Hayley said...

that's so exciting! even if you didn't get good pictures, you still have the memories... that you didn't even know would be exciting until now !

July 11, 2009 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger discothequechic said...

This is such a great little story, it's such a wonderful feeling when things work out this way; there is something nice about the fact that your camera card was tucked away all that time-all the way through the presidential campaign just waiting to be found!

July 11, 2009 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger Slices of Beauty... said...

At least there are memories from the day! Beautiful story.

July 13, 2009 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

That's a priceless find! Wow! I think the pictures are great :)

November 3, 2010 at 9:08 PM  

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