Obama hosts a wedding
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 24: Chief Official White House photographer for President Barack Obama Pete Souza photographs Obama speaking on the American Jobs Act October 24, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
October 20th, 2013
05:05 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama hosts a wedding

Washington (CNN) - President Obama played wedding host this weekend.

Pete Souza, the Chief Official White House photographer, and Patti Lease were married in the Rose Garden Saturday night, according to a White House official.

White House Military Chaplain Stanley Fornea performed the ceremony with roughly 35 family members and friends in attendance, the official said.

Souza has officially chronicled Obama since he was elected president, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the president and first family through the White House Flickr page, his Twitter account and the more recently launched Instagram account.

He served as White House photographer during former President Ronald Reagan’s second term and more recently spent almost a decade at the Chicago Tribune’s Washington bureau, where he recorded then Sen.-Obama’s rise and ultimately wrote “The Rise of Barack Obama.”

"Creating a good photographic archive for history is the most important part of my job, creating this archive that will live on," Souza told PBS in 2010. "This is not so much photojournalism as photo-history."

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  1. Doug

    Obama can host a weddding with most or all paid for by the taxpayers dollar ,but he claims can not have Whitehouse tours due to the Republican sequester . He didn,t lay off any sercret service off that over saw this .He just gave them time to go sit in their office and draw a check for doing nothing. hey thats the Obama way, draw a welfare
    check for doing nothing.Sign me up

    October 20, 2013 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  2. YeahRight

    Does the Constitution say that the Executive branch can spend Taxpayer money to host weddings on the grounds of the White House?

    I don't think that it does.

    October 20, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  3. Lisa

    You mean we, the taxpayers, hosted it. You are welcome!

    October 20, 2013 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Congratulations to the Happy Couple.

    October 20, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  5. Ron Harper

    How much did that cost the US taxpayers?

    October 20, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  6. Luckjoe

    I thought the White House was closed to the public. However I'f you author The rise of Barack Obama"' you get a pass and Barry as your host.

    October 20, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  7. Rlg

    Congratulations! Have a long and happy life together!

    October 20, 2013 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  8. Stuffit

    I wonder if Obozo will tell that the 12 thugs that beat that white couple in New York look like thy could be his sons if he had sons. Also, wonder whether the liberally biased press will insinuate that person that threatened Ted Cruz as a racially motivated TEA party member or a democrat liberal.

    October 20, 2013 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  9. Canadian Premier League T20- www.cplt20.ca

    Congrats Pete, hope you have a great honeymoon!!!

    October 20, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  10. Discusted

    Well it's a good thing we upped his credit limit so he could wine and dine a few more folks.

    October 20, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  11. D

    We the people demand a budget be passed before the deadline.
    Since you all have failed, many times, in the past we need to ensure it gets done.
    From today forward there should be no weekends or holidays taken until a budget is complete and passed.

    October 20, 2013 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  12. Michael

    Yet another waste of our tax dollars.

    October 20, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  13. Ralph

    What I get out of this is; He is more professional than he is political. I suspect most Americans have friends that are of different political persuasions and what is wrong with that? Almost all Americans have one thing in common and that is, they love this wonderful country that we live in. I also believe, without having facts to back this up, that a majority of Americans would like to see our troops back on American soil.

    October 20, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  14. Travis

    And now we know why WH Tours suddenly came back online.

    October 20, 2013 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  15. Woman In California

    Pete and Patti. That sure sounds real nice these days.

    October 20, 2013 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  16. roosevelt abramsjr

    There is just 2 much racism n the whitehouse an dont hide it those republicans they do not give the

    October 20, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    should be doing some work not hosting weddings, m akes me sick.

    October 20, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  18. bob

    3..2..1... let the right-wing hate machine "lies, distortions, and personal attacks" begin.

    October 20, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  19. Lee

    Now, that is showing to the bride's family that you have connections! lol.

    October 20, 2013 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  20. LDH2O

    What? No photos!

    October 20, 2013 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  21. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I beg your pardon.....
    I never promised you a rose garden....

    October 20, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    Congrats to the newlyweds – and keep those wonderful photos coming!

    October 21, 2013 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  23. ascpgh

    Let's be clear here, Obama permitted us, the American citizenry, to throw a wedding for one of the hand-picked and hand-fed courtesans of his wannabe Camelot. That is our house.

    October 21, 2013 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  24. Rogerd

    What's next, rent out AF-1 for Sweet 16 parties?

    October 21, 2013 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  25. Marie MD

    I am sure the haters will find something to say about this.
    I cant think of anything myself but I am pretty sure they will.
    Congratulations to the happy couple.

    October 21, 2013 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
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