Malia Obama: Documenting History

By Dotcomabc

Jan 24, 2009 4:57pm

ABC News’ Yunji de Nies reports:

Being part of the White House press corps can be a rough assignment.  Literally.  Photographers often push, shove and elbow for access in their struggle to get the shot.  But the littlest White House shutterbug does not have that problem. 

Lately, Malia Obama has doing her own documenting: from her family’s whistle-stop tour into Washington, to the inaugural concert on the mall, to her father’s big day.  The 10-year old has been seen repeatedly with a small, purple digital camera snapping away. 

The official White House photographer Pete Souza understands why.

"He is a great photographic subject," Souza said, said of the president.

Souza has taken pictures of Malia taking pictures but says he has yet to see her work.

"I haven’t, but I should probably take a look and maybe I could help her a little bit in her composition," Souza said.

The first daughter is certainly not the first to document her experience at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Fromer President Gerald Ford’s daughter Susan said she discovered her love for photography by following around the White House press corps.  And Tipper Gore, wife of former Vice President Al Gore, published a book of her own work.  One featured the historic handshake on Sept. 14,1993 between the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Yasser Arafat and then-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. 

Speaking about the photograph in 2006, she told ABC’s Claire Shipman, "I was attending the ceremony with my husband and I took my camera and I could not resist."

The White House will not release Malia’s photos — but her classmates did get to see them.  She documented her inaugural week for a school project.  Now that’s some show and tell.

Tune in to "World News" Saturday to see more.

-Yunji de Nies

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