White House releases unguarded pictures of First Family as Obama faces toughest test of his presidency
It has been a very tense two weeks in Washington as the U.S. faces a looming debt crisis deadline on August 2.
And while warring parties fight to overcome the current stalemate, the White House has released its latest batch of behind the scenes photos, documenting those at work at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
The July collection includes the President meeting with financial regulators, signing the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and in lighter moments with the First Family.
In a photo taken on July 18, the President is shown meeting with heads of financial regulatory agencies in the Roosevelt Room of the White House to receive an update on implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
That week marked the first anniversary of the President signing into law the strongest consumer protections in history and the most significant reform of Wall Street since the Great Depression, the White House states on its official flickr account.
Four days later, the President was photographed in the Oval Office signing a certification stating the statutory requirements for repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell have been met; pictured alongside smiling executives Brian Bond, Deputy Director of the Office of Public Engagement; Kathleen Hartnett, Associate Counsel to the President; Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta; Kathryn Ruemmler, Counsel to the President; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen; and Vice President Joe Biden.