Other than a few grainy images, like the paparazzi shots of Obama shirtless in Hawaii, almost every picture we see coming from the first family has a photo-shoot finish. That's on purpose.
The LA Times points out that the glimpses into the Obamas' everyday life are not spontaneous. It's all strategic.
Think of it as Operation Access Hollywood — the Obamas figure that if they willingly give the public a peek inside their world, they'll get popularity and privacy in return.
Releasing exclusive and "private" photos diminishes the value of a paparazzi shot, and lets the Obamas manage their image. And if the Obamas grant exclusive interviews to gossip magazines, outlets will avoid publishing unauthorized images, lest they be cut off!
While critics might think the president is exploiting his family for popularity, I can't argue with the plan if it helps keep Sasha and Malia's lives free from too much disruption. And like I said — the pics are cute, people!
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