The Ten Most Fascinating Photos Of Barack Obama's Presidency By White House Photographer Pete Souza • MetDaan

The Ten Most Fascinating Photos Of Barack Obama’s Presidency By White House Photographer Pete Souza


Photojournalist Pete Souza, who was the Chief Official White House Photographer for former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama, has revealed his favorite 55 shots that he took during the eight years of the Obama administration. The former Chicago Tribune photographer who headed the White House Photography Office has followed Obama from his first presidency campaign as a senator, all through his Oval Office tenure, and this selection encompasses a wide range of photos – from deadly serious to hilarious.

Souza’s ‘Year in Photos’ albums capturing Obama in the White House go back to 2009. It is believed the fifty-five snaps have been selected out of the roughly two million photographs Souza took during his time as a White House photography chief.


“There’s a certain daily grind to my job, but I’d say, once, twice, three, four, ten times a week, you realize that you are an eyewitness to history. And I always try to keep that forefront in my mind,” Souza once stated in an interview with National Public Radio.

“I think Obama’s administration will go down in history—he’ll go down in history as a great president. And just to have been there, to watch this from up close with a camera, has just been a remarkable opportunity.”

Here are ten from Pete Souza’s greatest hits. For the full 55, check out his ‘Year in Photos’ selection.


1. April 12, 2009: Obama with the family’s new dog, Bo, a six-month old Portuguese water dog


2. June 9, 2011: The President greets children at a day care center next to his daughter Sasha’s school in Bethesda, Maryland


3. July 5, 2012: Obama sharing his strawberry pie with a boy during a lunch stop at a restaurant in Oak Harbor, Ohio


4. May 25, 2012: Obama puts on 3D glasses for a screening of Men in Black 3 in the White House Family Theater together with family and staff


5. February 2009: Barack and his wife Michelle dancing to an Earth, Wind and Fire performance at the Governors Ball


6. January 20, 2009: The President looking at his appearance in the mirror before walking out to take the oath of office


7. January 20, 2009: Getting into an elevator to go to the family quarters at the end of the 2009 Inauguration Day


8. February 14, 2013: Obama playing a magnifying glass game with children during one of his visits to a pre-kindergarten class at a school in Decatur, Georgia


9. June 19, 2013: Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One during a moonlit night at the end of their visit to Germany


10. August 29, 2014: Obama reads briefing material before the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office



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