With President Obama center stage, moments of him on the campaign trail giving speeches, shaking hands and holding babies never run short. But what about those lesser-known moments — the quieter moments of the president backstage before an event, the quick joke before the cameras start flashing or the puzzled look before giving a speech?
Well, there was one man capturing all those moments, whether the president was ready to be filmed or not. Documenting the president’s daily duties and behind-the-scenes moments, Arun Chaudhary was President Barack Obama’s official White House videographer. From the president’s countless high fives to his time playfully punching an Easter bunny, Chaudhary had the full-access pass to the president’s everyday life from 2008 to 2011.
What is Chaudhary’s latest creation? The videographer compiled a collection of information, humor and insight in his memoir “First Cameraman: Documenting the Obama Presidency in Real Time,” released on August 21. Chaudhary says he has a “what you see is what you get” take on President Obama. From behind the curtain to behind the camera, we get the president’s story, but we also get Chaudhary, sharing his often humorous recollections of the commander in chief.
Chaudhary joins us tonight on “The War Room” to share some of the best moments he captured. Check out a few of them right here:
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