Ex-WH photographer: Obama hasn’t changed since he became a senator
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Pete Souza, who served as former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama reminisces about visit to Ireland on St. Patrick's Day: 'It'll always be O'Bama' Klobuchar on Trump's rhetoric and hate crimes: 'At the very least, he is dividing people' As global order collapses, American leadership is critical MORE’s White House photographer, said Obama’s character did not change from the time he was elected to the Senate to today.

“I mean you go back to January 2005 and you go back to even today and the core of his character is still the same,” Souza told CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront.” “He hasn’t changed one bit in terms of his character. He really hasn’t.”


Souza explained that due to his access to Obama in both his official duties and around his family, his photographs provide a “good sense of what he’s like as a person.” 

“They were very playful together,” Souza said of Obama and former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama seeks volunteers for local campaigns: There are 'no "off" years' Obama condemns 'hatred in all its forms' after New Zealand shooting Top Instagram communications staffer leaves for Michelle Obama's staff MORE

“And the interesting thing about the job as the White House photographer is I do get to see them, the president in the national security meetings, but I do get a glimpse of their family life and what it’s like on vacation, all these different compartments of his life.”

Souza this week published a photo book about Obama, titled “Obama: An Intimate Portrait.”