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“The Obama Time Capsule”
By Joe Cellini
One year after the election of President Obama, as his initiatives for change collide with stubborn political realities, it gets harder by the day to recall the sunnier political realities they displaced: the soaring rhetoric of the campaign; the pomp and lift of Inauguration; even the headlong rush for results that marked his first hundred days in office.
An easy way back, if you’re so inclined, runs through “The Obama Time Capsule,” a 200-page, large-format hardcover book that covers a two-year span from early days in the campaign to Day 100 in the Oval Office. The story is told chiefly through rare, striking photos from more than 140 veteran campaign photographers, which are framed by informative captions, meaningful quotations, and insightful essays by writers like Joe Klein, Arianna Huffington, and Colin Powell.
“There are many great books about President Obama's journey to the White House, but what sets ours apart is that it enables readers to weave their own names, photographs, and stories into the President's story,” says Rick Smolan, co-author with Jennifer Erwitt, and president and founder of Against All Odds Productions in Sausalito, CA. “A lot of my friends feel that if not for them Obama wouldn’t have made it to the White House. They took the time off from work, held fund-raising parties, called their mothers in Florida. So why not reflect that in
Photographer Rick Smolan tells the unforgettable story of a young Amerasian girl, a fateful photograph, and an adoption saga with a twist.