Chief White House Photographer Eric Draper documented the entire two-term presidency of George W. Bush. In this video, Draper recalls President Bush’s monumental decision to declare war on Iraq.

Consult the “Questions” tab for discussion ideas about how photographers work with the White House to document difficult presidential decisions.

  1. Former President George W. Bush says his Chief White House Photographer, Eric Draper, was the "perfect person to see the world with." What qualities does President Bush say make Draper such an accomplished presidential photographer?

  2. President Bush says sending men and women to combat is the most difficult decision a president makes. How does the experience of White House Photographer Eric Draper reflect this?

  3. Eric Draper says President Bush's decision to go to war was the "most intense moment" of his time at the White House. What other historic events did Draper cover as the Chief White House photographer?

George Walker Bush

(1946-present) 43rd president of the United States.

Iraq War

(2003-present) conflict between Coalition Forces and Iraqi insurgents.


art and science of producing still or moving images using the chemical reaction of light on a sensitive surface, such as film or an electronic sensor.