Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
  • Behind the scenes of the White House in 2012

    Sept. 6, 2012: While the President was waiting anxiously backstage before his speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., daughters Malia and Sasha came in to wish him well.
    Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
  • Behind the scenes of the White House in 2012

    Sept. 5, 2012: Backstage at the Democratic National Convention, the President watches former President Bill Clinton deliver his nomination speech, before surprising the crowd with an onstage appearance together after the speech.
    Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
  • Behind the scenes of the White House in 2012

    July 16, 2012: The President and First Lady were attending the game between the U.S. Men's Olympic basketball and Brazil in Washington, D.C. During the second half, the jumbotron flashed the President and First Lady on their 'Kiss Cam', the President leaned over to kiss the First Lady amongst audience cheers as Malia and the Vice President watched overhead on the jumbotron.
    Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
  • Behind the scenes of the White House in 2012

    July 14, 2012: The President delivers remarks in the pouring rain at a campaign event in Glen Allen, Va. He was supposed to do a series of press interviews inside before his speech, but since people had been waiting for hours in the rain he did his remarks as soon as he arrived onsite.
    Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
  • Behind the scenes of the White House in 2012

    July 5, 2012: "Anyone want to try a piece of my strawberry pie," the President asked those at adjacent tables during a stop for lunch at Kozy Corners restaurant in Oak Harbor, Ohio. A young boy said yes and came over for a big bite of pie.
    Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
  • Behind the scenes of the White House in 2012

    June 28, 2012: The President prays with a wounded service member and his family during a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. The President likes to make a few trips a year to Walter Reed to visit wounded warriors and their families.
    Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
  • Behind the scenes of the White House in 2012

    June 18, 2012: The First Lady reacts as she watches Laura Jarrett and Tony Balkissoon take their vows during their wedding at Valerie Jarrett's home in Chicago.
    Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
  • Behind the scenes of the White House in 2012

    June 14, 2012: We made an OTR (off-the-record, surprise stop) at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland after a campaign event, and the President sat and talked to a young woman before shooting hoops with another group of kids.
    Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
  • Behind the scenes of the White House in 2012

    May 25, 2012: Luz Graham-Urquilla, 4, watches as the President signs her drawing at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.
    Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
  • Behind the scenes of the White House in 2012

    May 19, 2012: Following the conclusion of the G8 Summit, the President plays a game of pool in the Holly Cabin at Camp David.
    Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
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    May 11, 2012: After some early morning basketball in Los Angeles, the President talks with the players who included actors Don Cheadle, Tobey Maguire, and George Clooney, along with two of Clooney's long-time friends.
    Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
  • Behind the scenes of the White House in 2012

    May 11, 2012: Lawrence Jackson made this great photograph of the First Lady touching the Hokie Stone before walking onto the field at Lane Stadium to give the Virginia Tech commencement address in Blacksburg, Va.
    Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson
  • Behind the scenes of the White House in 2012

    May 1, 2012: For the President, this was one of the most poignant moments of the his first term. He was visiting wounded warriors in the intensive care unit at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. The Purple Heart was presented to Sgt. Chase Haag, who had been injured by an IED. With eyes still closed, Haag reached his hand out to shake hands with the President.
    Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
  • Behind the scenes of the White House in 2012

    May 1, 2012: A soldier hugs the President as he is greeted by U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.
    Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
  • Behind the scenes of the White House in 2012

    April 18, 2012: We were doing an event at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Before speaking, the President was looking at some of the automobiles and exhibits adjacent to the event. He sat in one of the seats, looking out the window for a only few seconds, of the famed Rosa Parks bus.
    Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
  • Behind the scenes of the White House in 2012

    Feb. 29, 2012: Sonya Hebert made this amusing photograph of Bo, the Obama family dog, as he was being videotaped for the Easter Egg Roll, in the East Colonnade of the White House.
    Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert
  • Behind the scenes of the White House in 2012

    Feb. 21, 2012: Egged on by B.B. King, at right, the President joins in singing 'Sweet Home Chicago' during the 'In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues' concert in the East Room.
    Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
  • The Year in White House photos by Pete Souza

    Feb. 16, 2012: Chuck Kennedy made this photograph of women reacting in surprise in the Red Room after surprisingly meeting First Lady Michelle Obama during their White House tour.
    Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy
  • The Year in White House photos by Pete Souza

    Feb. 1, 2012: Lawrence Jackson captured this cute photograph of the President holding Arianna Holmes, 3, before taking a departure photo with members of her family in the Oval Office.
    Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson
  • The Year in White House photos by Pete Souza

    Jan. 25, 2012: Chuck Kennedy made this amusing photograph of First Lady Michelle Obama participating in a potato sack race with Jimmy Fallon in the East Room of the White House during a "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" taping for the second anniversary of the "Let's Move!" initiative.
    Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy
  • The Year in White House photos by Pete Souza

    Jan. 24, 2012: One of the most memorable moments of the year was when the President hugged Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as he walked onto the floor of the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol to deliver his annual State of the Union address.
    Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
  • The Year in White House photos by Pete Souza

    Jan. 1, 2012: A nice way to celebrate the New Year for the President was to jump in the ocean in his native state of Hawaii. He was on his annual Christmas vacation with family and friends, and went swimming at Pyramid Rock Beach in Kaneohe Bay.
    Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
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