Obama’s First Year in Photos

Official White House photographer Pete Souza shares highlights from Obama's first year at 1600 Penn.

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Jan. 20, 2009: Right before President-Elect Barack Obama walked out to take the oath of office, he took one last glance in a mirror at the U.S. Capitol. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Jan. 20, 2009: The photo says: "We were on a freight elevator headed to one of the inaugural balls. It was quite chilly, so the president removed his tuxedo jacket and put it over the shoulders of his wife. Then they had a semi-private moment as staff member and Secret Service agents tried not to look." (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Jan. 21, 2009: Obama read some briefing material during his first morning in the Oval Office as President of the United States. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Feb. 1, 2009: During a Super Bowl party in the White House theater, Michelle, Barack and their guests watched a TV commercials in 3D. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Feb. 17, 2009: The president had just signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in Denver, before boarding Air Force One. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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March 2, 2009: The first big snowstorm of the Obama presidency had the girls stay were home from school. Michelle helped the girls sled down a hill on the South Lawn; this photo now hangs on the wall of the president's study. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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March 9, 2009: Says the photog: "To appreciate this photograph, one must know the iconic photograph by Stanley Tretick of John Kennedy Jr. crawling out from the trap door of this same desk while his father, President Kennedy, worked at the desk. Caroline Kennedy had stopped by to see President Obama, and when she mentioned that he was using the same desk as her father, the president immediately remembered the Tretick picture and tried to open the trap door. It was locked and no one had a key." (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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March 15, 2009: Says the photog: "The Obama family was introduced to a prospective family dog at a secret greet on a Sunday. After spending about an hour with him, the family decided he was the one. Here, the dog ran alongside the president in an East Wing hallway. The dog returned to his trainer while the Obamas embarked on their first international trip. I had to keep these photos secret until a few weeks later, when the dog was brought home to the White House and introduced to the world as Bo." (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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April 7, 2009: President Obama fist-bumped a U.S. soldier at Camp Victory in Baghdad. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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April 23, 2009: The president threw a football to one of his aides before a meeting in the Oval Office. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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May 8, 2009: A temporary White House staffer brought his family to the Oval Office for a farewell photo with President Obama. The staffer's son told Obama he'd just gotten a haircut just like his, and asked if he could feel the president's head to see if it felt the same as his. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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May 19, 2009: Says the photog: "The president was leaving the State Floor after an event and found Sasha in the elevator ready to head upstairs to the private residence. He decided to ride upstairs with her before returning to the Oval Office." (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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May 20, 2009: Obama moved a meeting with senior advisors outside to the Rose Garden on this gorgeous spring day. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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July 4, 2009: The First Couple watched the Independence Day fireworks from the roof of the White House, and saw the Foo Fighters perform on the South Lawn. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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July 11, 2009: Says the photog: "[Obama] was visiting tribal leaders in Cape Coast, Ghana, and I was struck by the contrast in the attire as the president was shaking hands." (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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July 11, 2009: During the departure ceremony from Ghana, the First Family walked to the stage where Obama would give his farewell remarks. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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July 7, 2009: Says the photog: "Family dinner is usually private time. But I heard they were having dinner atop their hotel in Moscow, which overlooked the Kremlin. When they first sat down, Sasha was just having some fun with her dad." (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Aug. 5, 2009: Sasha crawled behind an Oval Office sofa, and jumped up and yelled, trying to scare her dad. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Aug. 14, 2009: While fly fishing in Montana, Obama and his guide celebrated when they thought he had hooked a fish. He actually hadn't. Later the president joked that it was "catch and release." (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Sept. 17, 2009: The president and first lady consoled the parents of Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti in the Blue Room of the White House following a Medal of Honor ceremony for their son. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Sept. 17, 2009: Says the photog: "This is a rare look inside the president's Treaty Room office in the private residence of the White House. He was making a call to Poland Prime Minister Donald Tusk." (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Sept. 27, 2009: The Obama family visited the Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument one Sunday night. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Oct. 8, 2009: Obama jockeyed for a rebound with congressmen during a basketball game at the White House. Says the photog: "I think opponents are always surprised at how tough and competitive he can be." (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Oct. 13, 2009: Obama started dancing to the music at the Fiesta Latina event on the South Lawn. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.
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Oct. 14, 2009: The president appeared deep in thought as he and senior advisor David Axelrod listened during a climate change meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Oct. 20, 2009: Says the photog: "The light was streaming through the window, and I was trying to catch him walking back to his desk between meetings and phone calls." (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Oct. 29, 2009: This photo was taken around 4 a.m. when the president made an unannounced trip to Dover Air Force Base to pay respects to fallen troops coming back from Afghanistan. After meeting privately with the families, he walked up the ramp of the cargo plane carrying the 18 caskets draped in American flags. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Nov. 11, 2009: The president visited Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day, and stopped at Section 60, where troops from Afghanistan and Iraq are buried. He paused to leave a Presidential coin in front of the tombstone for 19-year-old Medal of Honor recipient Specialist Ross McGinnis. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Nov. 16, 2009: The president listened during a meeting aboard Air Force One en route to Beijing. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Nov. 24, 2009: The Obamas waited for Indian Prime Minister Singh's motorcade to depart the White House at the end of the first official state dinner of the administration. The dinner was held in a tent on the South Lawn. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Dec. 9, 2009: Says the photog: "The day we were leaving for Oslo, the president's first meeting of the morning was with his speechwriting team. He said he had stayed up most of the night writing. I was surprised to see that he had handwritten the entire speech so I made a few close-up pictures as he went over the speech with his aides in the Oval Office." (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Dec. 19, 2009: Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama played outside during December's heavy snowstorm -- with Bo, of course. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Dec. 19, 2009: Says the photog: "We returned from Copenhagen to a huge snowstorm in Washington. At one point, it didn't even look like we could land at Andrews Air Force Base. Later that day, a Saturday, the president surveyed the snowfall from the Oval Office." (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Dec. 29, 2009: Says the photog: "I thought this was an interesting juxtaposition between his role as a father, and his role as commander-in-chief. On vacation in Hawaii, here he is hugging his daughter Malia while NSC chief of staff Denis McDonough waits to connect him on the latest conference call following the attempted Christmas Day terrorist attack." (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Jan. 16, 2010: President Obama called on former Presidents Bush and Clinton to help with the situation in Haiti. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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