Obama Wets His Line in Montana

So, I’m about a month late on this, but I’m just now sitting back into my desk chair in Billings and beginning to make sense of the past two months. That said…

I often find myself checking out the White House Flickr stream, partly because I like Pete Souza’s photography, and partly because Souza uses the same camera and similar lenses to me which makes me curious about his shots (and Flickr posts much of the metadata so the nerds can check out lens, aperture, etc.)

I also find that on the White House Flickr stream, one can find really candid and interesting photos. For example this one, where the Park Ranger at Grand Canyon is clearly holding the President’s ear while the Obama kids are bored out of their skulls, hunched over in the hot sun with that “dad, can we just go now” body slump. Reminds me that they’re just a family (and that the 24-70 lens at the wide end on that 5dMII sensor is lovely. hmmmmm)

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Television microphones hang in the air as the media listens in while a Park Ranger explains the site to President Barack Obama and family during a tour of the Grand Canyon on Aug. 16, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

Or this one where a staffer’s kid wanted to see if the President’s haircut felt like his own, a funny and candid moment in the Oval Office (which doesn’t appear to have been changed since GW’s departure).

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President Barack Obama bends over so the son of a White House staff member can pat his head during a visit to the Oval Office May 8, 2009. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

So when the late August shots went up at the end of the month, I found out that the Prez had been to town (well, 140 miles west of me in the epicenter of cool no less…). And over in the Bozone he made good on a campaign promise to return to Montana and wet a line.

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Local fishing guide Dan Vermillion reacts as President Barack Obama almost hooks a trout on the East Gallatin River near Belgrade, Mont., on Aug. 14, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

While some of the comments on Flickr criticize his casting (he was fly-fishing virgin, what can we expect)…at least he went out in the rain. And I do like the White House caption “he almost hooks a trout.” So close. Those slimy, recalcitrant critters slid back under their rocks and hid (I’m talking about fish, not Republicans. I think).

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President Barack Obama casts his line while fishing for trout on the East Gallatin River near Belgrade, Mont., on Aug. 14, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

Next time I hope he comes over to the Bighorn. Heck if Cheney can catch fish on the Bighorn, anybody can. Even a President.