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Pete Souza: photographing the real Barack Obama


Over two historic terms, official White House photographer Pete Souza has chronicled the most intimate, candid and comical moments of Barack Obama’s presidency.

Over the course of President Obama’s two terms, Souza estimates he will have taken nearly 2 million photographs. You can find over 6,600 on the White House’s official Flickr account. Souza has also captured some incredibly powerful, heartfelt and poignant moments of the President over the last 8 years. Since 2009, Souza has compiled an annual “Year in Photos” gallery; a collection of 75-100 of his favorite photos from the previous 12 months. The photos has recently gone viral, claiming to be Souza’s personal favorites. Truth or not, they are still amazingly awesome, showing sides of Mr. President that we love so much.

May 2016: The president waits pensively before a public speech.

The President with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G7 Summit in Krun, Germany.

The afternoon sun beams down on the President during a campaign rally in Delray, Florida.

Obama playing on the floor with the daughter of Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor US, in Oval Office.

Celebrating the president’s 49th birthday with First Lady and daughter.

19/1/2011: The president and First Lady entering a state dinner with Chinese president Hu Jintao.

3/12/2014: Under the mistletoe at a dinner for combatant commanders and military leadership.

Mr President and his wife tenderly holding hands at a parade held on 07/03/2015.

Oct 2009: The president jostles with congressmen during a basketball game at the White House.

June 2013: Obama hugs his daughter Sasha during a visit to Nelson Mandela’s former prison cell in South Africa