Former White House Photographer Pete Souza comes to Cary to support Wiley Nickel for State Senate and sign copies of his new book: “Shade a Tale of Two Presidents.”

Joined by North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper and over 150 guests, Pete Souza discussed his eight years in the Obama White House at the Cary Arts Center on Thursday.

Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and Director of the White House photo office. He was also a White House photographer for President Reagan.  Wiley Nickel worked alongside Pete during President Obama’s first term in office.  Wiley & Pete are both part of the Obama Alumni Association.

His book “Obama: An intimate portrait was published on November 7, 2017 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list.  It is one of the best-selling photography books of all time.

When Pete Souza left the White House in 2017, he didn’t know what it meant to “throw shade”—but he started doing it almost immediately on his personal Instagram account, posting his photographs from the Obama years with captions that vividly define the contrast between the Obama White House and President Trump’s administration. Media organizations caught on and couldn’t stop talking about Souza’s posts, with New York magazine calling them “a master class in shade,” CNN describing them as “a silent, social media, shade-throwing protest told in visuals,” and Politico naming him “King of Instagram Shade.” Souza’s following on Instagram has since grown to nearly two million people. He has also become a potent force in American life, offering incisive political criticism alongside powerful reminders of the best our country has to offer.

We had a great night with former Obama White House Photographer Pete Souza and Kristin Cooper, First Lady of North Carolina!

Faith in Democracy is a renewable resource and we all left feeling a lot better about what we can accomplish if we #ThrowShadeThenVote.