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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soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. jpmichigan

    was this on taxpayers dime?

    October 21, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Congratulations to the happy couple and especially to the groom, Mr. Souza.
    Through your insightful pictures I have felt completely connected to THIS President, what he represents, what he is about, the impact that he's had and continues to have on Americans across socio-economic and racial spectrum, and the history that he is creating in real time.
    Thank you and God bless your union.

    October 21, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  3. Pete

    He should be hosting a sit down, get it together meeting with senator and congressmen to get the budget fiasco under control and a short and long term plan to reduce the deficit. He's a empty suit. I am sure he's better at hosting a wedding then leading this country.

    October 21, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  4. Rachell

    I wish him or his wife would host my wedding....Im sure that was awesome.

    October 21, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  5. ML

    I wonder who paid for the wedding, if Obama hosted it?

    October 21, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. Jennifer

    Yeah, because he has time for events like these and golfing of course. So fed up!

    October 21, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. Sandra

    So...did we pay for that?????

    October 21, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  8. garry

    At least, I hope he can do that job right!

    October 21, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  9. Tampa Tim

    I hope this did not cost $24 billion, the same amount republicans added to our national debt for having a hissy fit trying to destroy our economy.

    October 21, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. Robo

    you mean WE hosted it. Or did it come out of his pocket?

    October 21, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. Anonymous

    good thing the govt is back open, but just wondering, did they pay $$$ to use the Rose Garden for their wedding???

    October 21, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. HC

    Really ??? Wow .. I guess anything can happen to this country. Mr president please host a wedding at your own house not the one we're tax payer pay for it. First corruption in politic and now abuse the power ....

    October 21, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  13. HC

    Is that means the guy doing the yard to keep the place beauty can request for a wedding also ?

    October 21, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. coyoteliberty

    "Obama hosted..." Which is a fancy way of saying taxpayers footed the bill for a friend of Old Barry's to have a White House wedding.

    No money for White House tours for school kids, but something in the budget for a little political perkery?


    October 21, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  15. chris

    come have a wedding on the tax payer...

    October 21, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  16. TONE

    @Ron Harper
    Not in comparison to what the GOP cost us in this shutdown 24billion dollars you remember? or you have dementia?

    October 21, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. Lizzie

    Carlos, Anononymous, Sensible, nice that you don't care about cancelled WH Tours. (That cost a fraction of a wedding) but you applaud when money is spend, why don't you call it a STIMILUS

    October 21, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Good grief people. It was a wedding. If you are so worried about spending money, talk to Cruz about the
    $24B he wasted feeding his ego and his PAC. Talk to Cantor about his never-ending vacation calendar
    for the House. We pay for these idiots running back and forth from home to WA every other week.
    You act like the President doesn't earn a salary. Maybe he spent his own money.
    Get serious about serious things, and quit whining.

    October 21, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. move_on

    Nice to see the penny wise and pound foolish bickering. Probably did not cost more than the "Mission Complete" banner that another president put up, with the help of tax payer funded labor.

    October 21, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  20. Reasonable Descent

    Interesting comments since the title of this article changed from it being a White House wedding. Funny how the stinky fingers come out to point.

    October 21, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  21. Senior in Texas

    How much did that cost the taxpayers? Gov't is sending $1.6b to Pakistan, rewarding corps for outsourcing jobs, threatening to cut social security, and the Obama's take their friends and relatives on 10 million dollar vacations. This is shameful. Stop spending my hard earned money and making us seniors worry about our social security which for me, I have paid into for over thirty years. Elected Washington officials are only self serving and have no regard for the people that they represent. Cut Congressmen salaries and benefits, stop sending Americans money overseas to countries and start investing in this country.

    October 21, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. G$

    Another taxpayer funded Obama safari....

    October 21, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. Disabled Veteran in Texas

    Funny how under educated people think that Obama should do absolutely nothing on his day off. If i remember right, they loved when Pres Bush would go to Texas once a month or more and chop wood at government expense. Nothing in article states that the wedding was not paid for by the

    October 21, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  24. ciaoluna

    Obama may have hosted, but our tax dollars certainly paid for it ! How does one go about requesting a White House soiree for 35 ? Shouldn't all U.S. taxpayers be able to use this public funded venue ?

    October 21, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. cumulus

    Jenifer, get a clue already, tell me exactly what you think the Republicans have done for you?

    October 21, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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