See Obama and Reagan through the eyes of White House photographer Pete Souza

Daybreak Porter’s new documentary, The Approach I See It, appears on the presidencies of Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan by the eyes of official White Home photographer Pete Souza (seen holding a digicam).

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The brand new documentary The Way I See It airs Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. PT and 10 p.m PT on MSNBC. The movie appears at former presidents Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan by the lens of Pete Souza. Throughout his time as an official White Home photographer, Souza captured the profound, intimate, humorous and dignified moments of two of essentially the most iconic presidents in trendy historical past. 

The Approach I See It’s directed by Daybreak Porter, who additionally made the inspiring documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble. Lewis, the longtime congressman and civil rights icon, died in July.

Each Porter and Souza have been my visitors on PJDM’s I’m So Obsessed podcast. Throughout our dialog, Porter defined why she was intrigued by Souza and his perspective working for Reagan and Obama. When Souza began photographing Obama, the long run president was nonetheless a senator.

“He [Souza] was considering, ‘Who is that this man?'” mentioned Porter. “And that is what I used to be eager about with Pete. How did he come to be? What has influenced Pete?”

Since hanging up his White Home digicam, Souza, as his Instagram profile states, has develop into a citizen of Earth. Over the past three years, the previous photojournalist gained consideration for his opinions in regards to the present occupant of the White Home. He has registered his distaste as solely a photographer can, by posting photographs as a juxtaposition. The concept wasn’t to be political however to remind the world of the dignity and empathy wanted to be the president.

“I had a novel voice having labored for not solely a Republican and a Democratic president, however what’s arguably essentially the most iconic Republican president and essentially the most iconic Democratic president of definitely my era. I may come at this with a nonpartisan view that this wasn’t as a result of Donald Trump’s a Republican. It had nothing to do with it. He was not match for workplace,” mentioned Souza. 

“For 3 years, we noticed what it means to have somebody who’s ill-prepared and isn’t empathetic. What it means while you’re confronted with a worldwide pandemic and attempting to bluff your means by it. Tying to do the whole lot that makes you look good, and never what’s greatest for the nation. So it wasn’t actually that tough resolution for me to make to begin talking out.”

Over a full of life 30 minutes, Porter and Souza focus on why empathy is essential for a pacesetter the passing of Lewis, the importance {of professional} athletes protesting the police shooting of Jacob Blake and what it is like having Obama officiate your wedding ceremony.

Take heed to my whole dialog with Porter and Souza on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. The Way I See It opened in select theaters in September. Additionally, you’ll be able to subscribe to I’m So Obsessed on your favorite podcast app. In every episode, I meet up with an artist, actor or creator to find out about their work, profession and present obsessions.

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Patrick Holland