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  • Pete Souza writes, "This is one of those photographs that needs some explanation. The President had been meeting with Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri and Senior Communications Advisor Tara McGuinness, to prep for a radio interview. At one point, the President made a comment so humorous that Jenn and Tara bent over in laughter."
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  • "The President applauds Medal of Honor honorees, from left, Staff Sergeant Melvin Morris, Sergeant First Class Jose Rodela, and Specialist Four Santiago J. Erevia, during the Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room of the White House."
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  • "Despite the haphazard framing, I love the expressions on the President and one-year-old Lincoln Rose Smith as she learns to walk in the Oval Office. This moment happened when former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith and her family stopped by for a departure greet and photograph with the President."
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  • Amanda Lucidon captured this spontaneous moment as the First Lady hugged family pets Sunny and Bo during a video taping in the Map Room of the White House on April 14, 2014.
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  • "When the President saw this photograph hanging on the walls of the West Wing, he laughed and said, 'The two most famous sets of ears in Washington.' The photograph shows the President and the Easter Bunny listening to the national anthem on the Blue Room Balcony at the annual Easter Egg Roll."
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  • Aides laugh as the President swats a fly that was invading his space in the Oval Office on May 6, 2014.
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  • "After having lunch with Vice President Biden at a Shake Shack in Washington, D.C., the President asked me where he should stand for the photo. Before I could even reply, the President jumped on the counter and slid onto the other side. The Vice President soon followed."
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  • The First Lady tours the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kansas with Stephanie Kyriazis, Chief of Interpretation and Education on May 16, 2014.
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  • The President sits for a 3D portrait being produced by the Smithsonian Institution on June 9, 2014.
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  • The First Lady and the President hug Native American youths following a meeting with them at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota on June 13, 2014.
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  • The President shares a quiet moment with his daughter, Sasha, during a father and daughter hike at Great Falls, Virginia on June 29, 2014.
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  • "Sometimes you get lucky as a photographer. The President was greeting the crowd outside Arthur Bryant's Barbeque in Kansas City. As he began talking to a young boy, actually giving him some life advice, someone's smart phone briefly illuminated the President's face. Without this light, the photograph wouldn't have been nearly as successful."
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  • The President listens as Lilly Jay relates her experience as a sexual assault survivor during the launch of the "It's On Us" campaign designed to prevent sexual assault at colleges and universities in the East Room on Sept. 19, 2014.
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  • Michelle Obama watches the President deliver remarks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 44th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 27, 2014.
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  • "It was supposed to be just a simple early voting by the President at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Chicago, Illinois. When Aia Cooper, left, and her fiance, Mike Jones, far right, walked by to also cast their ballot, Jones quipped, 'Mr. President, don't touch my girlfriend.' The President replied, 'I really wasn't planning on it,' joking that Jones was 'an example of a brother just embarrassing you for no reason.' When the President finished voting, he reached over and gave Cooper a kiss on the cheek."
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  • The President walks with Aung San Suu Kyi back into her residence following their joint press conference in Yangon, Burma on Nov. 14, 2014.
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  • The President busts out in laughter as he and the First Lady record a holiday video message in the Map Room of the White House on Nov. 19, 2014.
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  • "Following the outcry over the shooting of Michael Brown by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, the President invited young civil rights leaders to a meeting in the Oval Office. Many of them had protested in Ferguson. A 30-minute scheduled meeting last more than an hour."
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  • "The First Lady and I both spotted the President standing under the mistletoe and she moved in to grab a kiss from him following a dinner for Combatant Commanders and military leadership at Blair House in Washington, D.C."
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  • The President mimics a middle-school student overcome with emotion at meeting him during an 'Hour of Code' event to honor Computer Science Education Week at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Dec. 8, 2014.
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