Mr. Souza,

It is one thing to know that Barack Obama has been our nation’s president for the past eight years and during that time has weathered the calculated resistance and demoralizing schemes his detractors have perpetrated in concert against him; the likes of which no previous president has been subjected to. And it is quite another to know that through it all Mr. Obama still has been able to achieve monumental accomplishments on our country’s behalf with a twenty-first century poise and dignity that he, the First Lady, and their daughters radiate with aplomb.

What Mr. Souza has revealed in these spectacular images are crystal clear facets of President Obama’s depth of character, compassion, and ultimately his humanity. On occasions we would otherwise never see, he has borne witness to and artfully captured moments of a president who has not been cloistered away from America’s citizens, but one who has been very much aware of, engaged with, and responsive to the lives and concerns of everyday Americans from all walks of life.

Mr. Souza, thank you for tireless work, dedication, and sharing your talent with the world. You have proven that the camera can not lie.

You and the first family will be sorely missed.

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