Summer in the City – by Luke Sharrett

Barack Obama

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a campaign fundraiser at the New Amsterdam Theater in New York City, N.Y. on Monday, June 4, 2012. Luke Sharrett for The New York Times.

DC-based political photographer Luke Sharrett spent the summer covering the White House, traveling with President Obama, and other cool assignments.

This summer in Washington has been one of transitions. I began transitioning from covering Capitol Hill and general assignments to cover the White House almost exclusively as members of the New York Times DC Bureau were overseas for the London Olympics or out on the trail with Mitt Romney. Another transition was in the amount of time spent traveling with President Obama to campaign fundraisers. While The President has been fundraising off and on since January, June saw him traveling to places like Hollywood, San Francisco and Las Vegas on the West Coast and Chicago and New York City back East to restock his campaign coffers.

Along with campaigning for re-election, the demand of the President’s official duties didn’t let up. We visited wildfire damage in Colorado Springs and covered the response to the Supreme Court’s decision back in Washington to largely uphold the Affordable Care Act.

See more photos on Luke’s blog.

Barack Obama

President Barack Obama meets firefighters who battled wildfires in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood of Colorado Springs, Co. on Friday, June 29, 2012. The fires ravaged some homes but spared others in a seemingly random pattern of devastation. Luke Sharrett for The New York Times.


Marine Corporal Bob Johnson of the HMX-1 Helicopter Squadron looks through night vision goggles while flying in CH-46 Phrog Nighthawk 4, a presidential support helicopter, during a lift from the Wall Street Helipad in Manhattan to John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday, June 4, 2012. Luke Sharrett for The New York Times.

Vietnam veteran

Vietnam Veteran and George Allen supporter Al Cuppett stands for the Pledge of Allegiance with other supporters of Republican Senate candidate and former Virginia Governor George Allen during a Madison County Meet and Greet at Beasley’s Park in downtown Madison, Va. on Wednesday, April 4, 2012. Luke Sharrett for The New York Times.

Cheetah cub

One of two month-old Cheetah cubs sits on a Cheetah stuffed animal nicknamed Mom during the cubs’ noon feeding at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, or National Zoo, on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Luke Sharrett for The New York Times.

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