How Biden Photographer Got Baby Photos to the White House
DALLAS — President Joe Biden has been photographed in the Oval Office more than 100 times since taking office, according to a new book by the Dallas newborn photographer who helped him get elected.
Biden was photographed in his office on Jan. 21, 2017, in a photo taken by John Cavanagh.
The book, “The Photographer,” by John P. Cavanag, has been described as a “love letter” to Biden.
The two became friends in college and spent a summer together at Camp David, where Biden taught photography classes.
Biden has taken many of his images during his presidency, including on the National Mall with President Donald Trump.
Caught in the crossfire During his presidential campaign, Trump threatened to impeach Biden if he refused to shoot pictures of him at his swearing-in ceremony, saying, “You can’t take pictures of the president of the United States of America.”
In an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press on Jan 23, 2017: “If I’m the president and I’m getting pictures of people who are breaking the law, that is wrong, and I don’t think you can take pictures.”
Biden defended his use of the White Houses photographers during the campaign.
“If you go to any other president’s office and you go in there and you take pictures, it is a very difficult situation for them to handle,” he said in an interview on March 22, 2017.
Biden took a similar position during his presidential transition.
“I know there’s people that are going to be offended by some of the things that are being said, but there’s no doubt in my mind that I’m doing the right thing,” he told CNN in May 2017.
In the book, Cavanagg said Biden has used the Whitehouses photographers “in ways that I’ve never seen him do.”
He told the publication, “Joe is the most beautiful person I’ve ever met.”
In a statement on Wednesday, Biden’s office said he has taken about 200,000 photographs in his time as president.
The photographer’s book also has a few other pictures of Biden.
Here are a few of his best ones.
(Read more about his photos of the vice president.)