John Updike was a writer of the everyday, of the everyday person in everyday situations. Though Obama has somewhat recently elevated his own 'everyday' status, and that of his family, I saw these photos of moments, snapshots that capture this everyday family in a most endearing, a most understated light.
"A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world."
j o h n u p d i k e
"Inspiration arrives as a packet of material to be delivered."j o h n u p d i k e
"Truth should not be forced; it should simply manifest itself, like a woman who has in her privacy reflected and coolly decided to bestow herself upon a certain man."j o h n u p d i k e
"Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better."j o h n u p d i k e
"You know how it is with fathers, you never escape the idea that maybe after all they're right."j o h n u p d i k e
"To be President of the United States, sir, is to act as advocate for a blind, venomous, and ungrateful client."j o h n u p d i k e
...and with the words of Updike intermingling in these photos of a family, bringing us all back down to earth, where images, inspirations, perseverance and dreams do, at times, walk amongst us, where the new arrive and the old find some well-deserved rest. everyday.