Picture perfect presidency

  • A few weeks after inauguration, President Obama, the First Lady, friends and members of Congress donned 3-D glasses while watching a commercial during Super Bowl XLIII in the family theater of the White House.
A few weeks after inauguration, President Obama, the First… (Pete Souza, Baltimore Sun )
February 17, 2011

Picture-perfect presidency

Take a picture, it'll last longer – much longer than any president's stay in the White House.

A recent exhibit at the National Geographic Museum is proof. With dozens of stunning photographs, "The President's Photographer: 50 Years in the Oval Office" was expected to be open just a few weeks last fall but has since been extended to May 1 because of its popularity.

The exhibit features the work of nine White House photographers and is based on a National Geographic television special and book. It offers an engaging look at the presidency with behind-the-scenes photographs. Highlighted are images that include President Barack Obama donning 3-D glasses to watch a commercial during a Super Bowl, President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan embracing after horseback riding at Camp David, and John F. Kennedy with his daughter, Caroline, aboard a yacht off Hyannis Port, Mass.

National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St., NW, Washington; 202 857 7588; ngmuseum.org. Free.

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