The White House kicked him off a tour with Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944 because one Skadding picture, taken for the Associated Press, made the President look haggard. Skadding said he hadn’t meant to trouble Roosevelt, who was at the time besieged with criticism that he was no longer physically able to run for another term. “It’s not my fault. I just shot the picture,” Skadding said. “Some idiot in LA picked it.” Both before the war and after, however, Skadding served as an officer of the White House News Photographers Association.
—Adapted from The Great LIFE Photographers