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Arts Playlist: Former White House photographer offers book on Biden's Vice Presidency

Imagine being 24-years-old and being hired to work as the official White House photographer. That’s what happened to New Mexico author and photographer David Lienemann. 


And in this week's Arts Playlist, he discusses his book on his work chronicling Joe Biden's time as Vice President.



Lienemann became the official White House photographer when President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took office in January 2009.

Lienemann then spent eight years documenting Biden’s visits to 47 states and 64 countries, taking over a million photographs.

That work is now showcased in a new book - “Biden: The Obama Years and the Battle for the Soul of America.”


I think that the takeaway for the reader from this book - at least my hope and intention - was really to give people an inside and behind-the-scenes look at the vice presidency and the highs and lows emotionally from that,” said Lienemann.


Lienemann describes one of two photos in the book that stick out to him.


“The first is a photo of Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden and they’re waiting backstage at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. And amidst all the chaos and excitement, Beau Biden, the Vice President’s oldest son, reaches over and gently straightens his fathers’ tie.”

Lienemann will discuss that and other photos in the book during a virtual event sponsored by Rehoboth Art League (RAL) and Browseabout Books on Sept 22, 2020 from 5 until 6 p.m. You can register for the event here



Delaware Public Media' s arts coverage is made possible, in part, by support from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.


Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.