27 Mar Obama – Chuck Kennedy
March 27, 2017
Chuck Kennedy is a former Official White House Photographer and worked as Assistant Director of the White House Photo Office during the Obama Administration.
How is it to work as an assistant director and official White House photographer on the day to day?
My title was Assistant Director of the White House Photo Office, from February 2009 to January 2017.
On a typical day, I’d get in about 8:30 in the morning and check again the day’s schedules of events for the President and First Lady. I’d usually confer with my colleagues and assign the assignments for the day. How late I stayed each day just depended on the nature of events that were taking place. I’d usually work a full day five or six days every week. Occasionally, it was more. On foreign trips, it could be eight or nine days straight.
My colleagues and I would rotate weeks to determine as to who would be on call during any given week at night/weekend. That gave us a some flexibility to predict on a calendar when things might get messy schedule-wise. Or who was working holidays. While random in…