Monday, April 24, 2017

Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr. Annual Fundraiser 2017

 See ALL images HERE



Congressman John Robert Lewis dances to HAPPY, by Pharrell Williams

Congressman John Robert Lewis dances with Beatrice Payne, wife of Congressman Donald Payne Jr.
The Guest of Honor was The Iconic Civil Rights Activist, and Georgia Congressman, John Robert Lewis.
He told us stories of his childhood, that he remembered, from the age of 4.
Before speaking, he was presented the Key to the City from Newark Mayor, Ras Baraka.
He was elated that his FULL name was inscribed on the key to the City.
He mentioned that he loved his name, and when his mother would call him "John Robert", he knew she meant business.
He also spoke about his Mother always instilling in him to "work hard", and his LOVE of raising chickens in his little town of Troy Alabama.
I am proud to have been there when he got The Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2011
Also proud to have been there for the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma Alabama in 2015, when he spoke, and shared the Stage with President's Obama, and Bush
He also loves to dance to the hit song " Happy" by Pharrell Williams.
He danced for us ALSO...LOL

Friday, March 10, 2017

Gary Massa Retirement Party


In 1986, I was forced to a new Route in the Vailsburg Section of Newark NJ. 
Gary Massa, is the son of our Legendary Former Union Branch President, Tony Massa (RIP).
It is a well known fact that " The apple doesn't fall far from the tree", and just like Tony did things His Way, so did Gary.
I worked with Gary as a Letter Carrier for a few years before he went into Postal Management.

He could pitch every route, in every office he went to!
He said what was on his mind, no matter who you were, and he always treated ME the same, no matter WHO was around.
I applaud his Postal Career and wish him God's Blessings in his well deserved retirement.
You can view ALL of the images from his Retirement Party HERE


Friday, January 20, 2017

The Last 44...Day 44 ( President Obama's last 44 days in Office)

Hello World
Thank God for this Day!
Yesterday, a friend of mine on my route who was following this 44 day project, thought that the images I posted were from the internet ( I think he just looked at the pictures, and didn't read the stories)
So this is a Public Service Announcement:
Every image that I post of The Obama's and the White House has my watermark on it somewhere.
I took the shot.
The First Family enters The White House after attending Church Services
The White House North Portico
January 21, 2013
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The last image in my series, I purposely saved for last, as The Obama's have said goodbye to the White House today.
How many of you, like me, shed a tear?
Todays image is from President Obama's second Inauguration in 2013.
Instead of hanging at The National Mall, I decided to stay at The White House and wait for The First Family to come from Church, and then leave for the Inauguration.
There were only about 15 of us there, and we were on a Riser in front of the White House.
I truly believe that I was the only Photographer to capture this shot.
I saw everyone else lower their cameras, and I kept shooting.
I LOVE this shot!
Any of these images can be purchased.
Stay tuned for my published book of photos and stories from covering Barack Obama since 2008

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Last 44... Day 43 (President Obama's last 44 days in Office)

Good Morning World
Thank God for another Day!
Today's image in my series is the one that started my journey at 
The White House
This was my very first time at 
The White House.
Thanks to God, and the Team Media Affairs Director John Archibald.
You can see the video from this Event HERE
Have a Blessed Day!
President Obama and NY/NJ Sky Blue FC
Womens 2009 Professional Soccer Champs
The White House East Room
July 1, 2010
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Last 44...Day 42 ( President Obama's last 44 days in Office)

Good Morning World
Thank God for another Day!
Today's image in my series is definitely
one of my all time favorites.
When I first took the shot in The White House East Room, I looked at my camera and realized that I had captured The First President's Portrait and The First Black President with their arms slightly extended.
I have displayed this image in Art Galleries, and named it "The First's" 
The Ceremony was The National Medal of Art's & Humanities.
You can read about the recipients HERE
The First's
President Obama gives remarks at Medal of Art's Ceremony
The White House East Room
March 2, 2011
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Last 44...Day 41 ( President Obama's last 44 days in Office )

Good Morning World
Thank God for another Day!
Today's image in my series is 
from the 2015 Selma 50th Anniversary in Selma Alabama.
You can view the video of 3 of the most important things in President Obama's speech HERE
President Obama makes remarks at the 50th Anniversary of the Bloody Sunday March to Montgomery, as Congressman John Lewis looks on.
Selma, Alabama
March 7, 2015
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Monday, January 16, 2017

The Last 44...Day 40 (President Obama's last 44 days in Office)

Good Evening
Thank God for another Day!
Today's image in my series is of President Obama giving remarks at the President Bush Official Portrait Reveal.
Have a Blessed Day!
President Barack Obama
Bush Official Portrait Reveal
The White House East Room
May 31, 2012

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Last 44,,,Day 39 ( President Obama's last 44 days in Office)

Hello World
Thank God for another Day!
Today's image in my series is from the 2015 White House Easter Egg Roll
I've attended 4 of the 8 Easter Egg Rolls, and always looked forward to President Obama coming over to me to shake my hand and say, "What's up Man?"
This time they set up a double fence, which prevented the President from reaching me.
See the video HERE
Have a Blessed Day!
President and Mrs Obama
The White House Easter Egg Roll
The White House South Lawn
April 6, 2015
©DAdamsJr

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Last 44...Day 38 ( President Obama's last 44 days in Office)

Good Morning World
Thank God for another Day!
Today's image in my series comes from A Medal of Freedom Ceremony .
President Obama and 
Former President Bill Clinton 
shared a hearty laugh.
Have a Blessed Day!
President Obama/Former President Bill Clinton
Medal of Freedom
The White House East Room
November 20, 2013
©DAdamsJr

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Last 44...Day 37 (President Obama's last 44 days in Office)

Good Morning World
Thank God for another Day!
Today's image is of President Obama giving remarks at the 2015 White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism
“We are not at war with Islam,We are at war with people who perverted Islam.”
Have a Blessed Day!
President Obama
South Court Auditorium
White House Complex
February 18, 2015

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Last 44...Day 36 (President Obama's last 44 days in Office)

Good Morning World
Thank God for another Day!
Today's image in my series is of our First Lady, Michelle Obama.
We all know how Beautiful, Elegant, and Classy, she is.
In this image, she shows that she can go from the Ball to the Garden, as she helps harvest her White House Garden on The South Lawn in her jeans and sneakers.
See the video HERE
Have a Blessed Day!
First Lady Michelle Obama digging up vegetables.
The White House South Lawn
October 
30, 2013
©DAdamsJr

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Last 44...Day 35 (President Obama's last 44 days in Office)

Good Morning World
Thank God for another Day!
Today's image in my series is one that I often have to fight very hard to obtain.
I Love being in position when The President walks into The East Room.
I always try to get to the White House early enough for the "preset"
(before event setup of cameras and equipment to hold your spot for the event. The White House Press Corps is respectful of each others equipment and positions. You can leave your equipment in the room for hours, with no fear of theft)
I always try to set up close to the rope on the right side of The East Room, and although there are ladders and other video equipment set up, I always find a way to squeeze a few shots of the entrance of POTUS and FLOTUS.
Have a Blessed Day!
President and Mrs. Obama enter 
The White House East Room 
for Medal of Freedom Ceremony
November 20, 2013
©DAdamsJr

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Last 44...Day 34

Good Morning World
Thank God for another Day!
Today's image in my series brought tears to my eyes, when I saw the attached video.
24 Overlooked Veterans were given the Medal of Honor by President Obama.
Only 3 were alive to receive it.
They were overlooked because they were Black, Latin, or Jewish
I was honored to photograph this Ceremony.
Watch the video HERE 
Have a Blessed Day!
Veterans Melvin Morris, Jose Rodela, and Santiago Erevia receive Medals of Honor from President Obama
The White House East Room
March 18, 2014
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Monday, January 9, 2017

The Last 44...Day 33 ( President Obama's last 44 days in Office)

Good Morning World
Thank God for another Day!
Today's image in my series is a shot of The Miami Heat being honored after their Championship in 2012
You can view the video HERE
Have a Blessed Day!
President Obama receives signed Basketball from Lebron James and Miami Heat
The White House East Room
January 28, 2013
©DAdamsJr

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Last 44...Day 32 (President Obama's last 44 days in Office)

Hello World
Thank God for another Day!
Foe those of you who are just catching on, I started posting my own images of the Obama Presidency on December 8th, which started his last 44 days as President.
I am now at day 32, with 12 days left.
I hope you have enjoyed my images, and some of the short stories behind them.
Today's image is from the second Inauguration of President Obama.
Instead of hanging at The National Mall, I decided to stay at The White House and wait for The First Family to come from Church, and then leave for the Inauguration.
There were only about 15 of us there, and we were on a Riser in front of the White House.
This shot is President Obama and Senator Charles Schumer on their way to the Inauguration.
Have a Blessed Day!
President Obama and Senator Charles Schumer
departing The White House for Inauguration
The White House North Portico
January 21, 2013
©DAdamsJr

Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Last 44...Day 31 (President Obama's last 44 day's in Office)

Good Morning World
Thank God for another Day!
Kind of hard to believe there are only 13 day's left with The Obama's, but I will have a lifetime of memories in my upcoming book...Stay Tuned :-)
Today's image is from President Obama's landing at Newark Airport to visit Paterson, NJ after Hurricane Irene caused substantial damage in 2011
You can view video from the visit HERE
Have a Blessed Day!
President Obama jogs down the stairs of Air Force One for a visit to Paterson.
Newark Liberty International Airport
Newark NJ
September 4, 2011

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Last 44...Day 30 ( President Obama's last 44 days in Office)

Good Morning World
Thank God for another Day!
Today's image in my series is of a Bilateral meeting in The Oval Office between President Obama and Former President Napolitano of Italy.
For the second time, I was able to make it into The Oval Office to capture this meeting.
These meetings are set up for the Pool Photographers who work at The WH every day.
I was able to walk in with the Foreign Press.
I was pretty BOLD this time, standing dead center of the two Leaders.
The video from this Event is HERE
Have a Blessed Day!
President Obama and Former President Napolitano of Italy , Bilateral Meeting
The Oval Office
February 15, 2013
©DAdamsJr

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Last 44...Day 29 ( President Obama's Last 44 days in Office )

Good Morning World
Thank God for another Day!
Today's image in my series is historic, and very close to my heart.
I was a Miami Dolphin fan when they went undefeated in 1972.
Although I was only 10 years old, that undefeated season still stands today.
So it was my pleasure to be there when President Obama honored the team for that Undefeated season.
At the time of the victorious season President Nixon was involved in the Watergate Scandal, and teams really didn't start coming to The White House till 1980.
You can view the video HERE
Have a Blessed Day!
President Obama honors 1972 Miami Dolphins
The White House East Room
August 20, 2013
©DAdamsJr

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Last 44...Day 28 (President Obama's last 44 days in Office)

Good Morning World
Thank God for another Day!
Today's image in my series is from President Obama's visit to Rutgers University to deliver the Commencement Address
I was able to find a spot on the riser where no one wanted to stand.
Fortunately, for me, it was the BEST spot to capture POTUS while he was giving his address.
Everyone else was trying to get close to me then...LOL.
God always opens doors.
It was FREEZING!
The wind was whipping through that stadium like a hurricane.
You can read POTUS remarks HERE
Have a Blessed Day!
President Obama delivers Commencement Address
Rutgers University High Point Solutions Stadium
May 15, 2016
©DAdamsJr

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Last 44...Day 27 ( President Obama's last 44 days in Office)

Good Morning World
Thank God for another Day!
Today's image in my series comes from the final Tribal Nations Conference with Native Americans under the Obama Administration.
It was my first one, and I am glad I made it.
I learned so much about the Native Americans, and the struggles with the Government.
Throughout the Conference, I heard nothing but praise for the work of The Obama Administration.
President  Obama and his Administration did more for native Americans than any other President.
He and the First Lady even made several visits to Reservations.
POTUS was presented a Native Head Covering, and Blanket.
They said they also had a Blanket for FLOTUS
See President Obama's remarks HERE
Have a Blessed Day!
President Obama in Native Attire
Tribal Nations Conference
Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium
Washington D.C.
September 26, 2016
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Monday, January 2, 2017

The Last 44...Day 26 ( President Obama's last 44 days in Office)

Good Morning World
Thank God for another Day!
Today's image in my series comes from the unveiling of The Official White House Paintings of  Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Laura.
It was nice to capture the four of them together
You can view the video Here
Have a Blessed Day!
President Obama and Former President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Laura listen to remarks by Current First Lady Michelle Obama
The White House East Room
May 31, 2012
©DAdamsJr

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Last 44...Day 25 ( President Obama's last 44 days in Office)

HAPPY NEW YEAR WORLD!!!
Thank God for another Year!!!
Today's image in my series is from my very first time photographing 
Barack Obama as President.
he was campaigning for Jon Corzine for Governor of New Jersey, at The former 
Garden State Art's Center, now known as The PNC Arts Center.
The link to the story is HERE
Have a Blessed 2017!
President Obama
PNC Arts Center, NJ
July 16, 2009
©DAdamsJr

Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Last 44...Day 24 ( President Obama's last 44 day's in Office)

Good Morning World
Thank God for another Day!
Todays image in my series is another one of my all time favorites.
This was another time I was able to capture The President and First Lady at two different events at The White House.
The First Lady hosted Sesame Street Characters and the CEO, and Harvested The White House Garden with school children.
President Obama left for Boston to talk about Health Care.
While waiting for hime to come out and walk to Marine One on The South Lawn, I caught him in The Oval Office getting help with his jacket.
His eyes were DEAD on me!
All the other photographers were looking elsewhere...LOL
Have a Blessed Day!!!
President Obama
The Oval Office
October 13, 2013

Friday, December 30, 2016

The Last 44...Day 23 (President Obama's last 44 day's in Office)

Good Morning World
Thank God for another Day!
Today's image in my series is from the only time I got to see the President actually sign a Bill.
 A suicide prevention law, for Veterans 
Have a Blessed Day!
President Obama sign's The Clay Hunt Act
The White House East Room
February 12, 2015
©DAdamsJr

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The last 44...Day 22 ( President Obama's last 44 day's in Office)

Good Morning World
Thank God for another Day!
Today's image in my series comes from my latest visit to the White House.
I Love the times when I can capture POTUS and FLOTUS on the same day.
POTUS was honoring the NHL Champion Penguins, and FLOTUS was harvesting her Garden with local school children and a few celebrities.
In this image, President Obama surprises The First Lady with a visit, and a little help harvesting the garden 
( even in a shirt and tie. he didn't do too much...LOL)
Have a Blessed Day!
POTUS surprises FLOTUS with a surprise visit.
The White House Garden (South Lawn)
October 6, 2016
©DAdamsJr

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Last 44...Day 21 ( President Obama's last day's in Office)

Good Morning World
Thank God for another Day!
Today's image from my series comes from The Official Arrival Ceremony for The Official State Dinner of 
German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
state dinner in the United States is a formal dinner held in honor of a foreign head of state, such as a king, queen, president, or any head of government. It is hosted by the President of the United States and held in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington D.C.
I have attended 4 Official Arrival Ceremonies in my 7 years.
England,Germany,China, and Korea
It is usually a very long day, starting early in the morning with the Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn, then a photo op with the two leaders in the Oval Office, A Press Briefing in the Rose Garden (weather permitting), or the East Room.
The Formal State Dinner is later in the evening.
I have never stayed for the formal dinner, because it is later in the evening, and I had to catch my Megabus back home to Jersey for work the next day.
You can view the official program from the day HERE
I have official programs from every State Dinner I have attended ( They actually passed them out to the Press)
Have a Blessed Day!!!
German Chancellor Angela Merkel & President Obama
Official State Dinner
The White House South Lawn
June 7, 2011

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Last 44...Day 20 (President Obama's Last 44 days in Office)

Good Morning World
Thank God for another Day!
Today's image in my series is from the Medal of Freedom presentation to Novelist 
Toni Morrison.
In my image, and also in the YouTube video,
you can see the admiration that 
President Obama has for Toni Morrison.
Have a Blessed Day!
President Obama and Toni Morrison
Medal of Freedom
The White House East Room
May 29, 2012
©DAdamsJr

Monday, December 26, 2016

The Last 44...Day 19

Good Morning World
Thank God for another Day!
Today image in my series is from the White House Visit of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Teams .
While waiting on the President and First Lady to appear, I captured them walking through The Rose Garden to greet the Olympians.
You can read about this story, HERE
Have a Blessed Day!
 President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama
The White House Rose Garden
September 14, 2012
©DAdamsJr2012

Sunday, December 25, 2016

The Last 44...Day 18

Merry Christmas World
Thank God for another Day!
Todays image in this series is from The White House Annual Easter Egg Roll.
The Obama's have always said that The White House is America's House, and they have opened the doors to MANY to visit.
As of today, I have been there at least 77 times in the last 7 years
This is the only time, besides the second Inauguration, that I have captured the entire Obama Family together.
Have a Blessed Day!
Remember the REASON for the SEASON!
Read about the Event HERE
First Family
White House Easter Egg Roll
April 25, 2011