The Star: June 22, 2017

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8 Thursday June 22 2017

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SNAPSHOTS: Former US president Barack Obama photographed

by Anna Wilding. President Obama with Bruce Springsteen (left).

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TEARS, CHEERS and telling

offs – Anna Wilding has had a

front row view of Barack and

Michelle Obama’s personal

moments in the White House.

The Cantabrian spent two

years working in there as an

independent correspondent, one

of more than 200 people from

across the world who make up

the White House press corps.

She recently moved back to

Christchurch for family reasons,

but said she kept her press credentials

and planned to return to

Washington DC later this year.

She began working there in

2015, representing Herald de

Paris, an online news site.

She often photographed the

Obamas, attended many of their

meetings, and followed their

political ups and downs.

She said both President

Obama and the then First Lady

were “very emotive” people, and

fascinating to watch.

“I’ve seen Obama look jaded

and exhausted, and I’ve seen him

cheer and laugh when sports

teams came in. I’ve seen him hug

his staff. I’ve seen Michelle tell

people off. She interacted with

children, and she worked in the

PRIVILEGED: Cantabrian Anna Wilding has spent two years

working at the White House as a press correspondent for an

online news site.

vege garden there at the White

House.”

She said the atmosphere and

architecture at the White House

was incredible, although some

things were unexpected.

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