I just came across this picture as I was looking back through some early photographs. It was taken at the Blair House a day or two before the inauguration in 2009. He was talking to his then chief speechwriter, Jon Favreau, about his inaugural address. Although I had already known him for four years, the idea of me photographing his every move hadn't settled in--for both of us. So I was trying to ease into it: make a few pictures here and there, and then back off.