The most iconic pictures from Obama's presidency

 
 
 
  • Moments before Obama took the oath to become the 44th president of the United States in 2009. (Charles Ommanney/Getty Images)
  • A young boy checks to see if his haircut feels the same as the President's. (Pete Souza, The White House)


  • Obama fist-bumps custodian Lawrence Lipscomb in the White House. (Pete Souza, The White House)
  • President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden shake hands in the Oval Office on July 31, 2011. (Pete Souza, The White House)
  • President Obama jokes with Vice President Joe Biden backstage before the STOCK Act signing event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium on April 4, 2012.(Pete Souza, The White House)
  • President Obama sits on the famed Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum following an event April 18, 2012, in Dearborn, Michigan. (Pete Souza, The White House)
  • President Obama talks with Betty White in the Oval Office on June 11, 2012. (Pete Souza, The White House)
  • Obama jokingly mimics US Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney’s “not impressed” expression while greeting members of the 2012 US Olympic gymnastics teams in the Oval Office Nov. 15, 2012, at the White House in Washington. (Pete Souza, The White House)
  • President Obama greets the children of US embassy staff during a reception at the Chulalongkorn University Sports Center in Bangkok, Thailand, on Nov. 18, 2012. (Pete Souza, The White House)
  • President Barack Obama hugs Amy Simpson, principal of Plaza Towers Elementary School, outside what remains of the school following a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, on May 26, 2013. (Pete Souza, The White House)
  • The Obamas join hands with Rep. John Lewis as they lead the walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama, on March 7, 2015. (Lawrence Jackson, The White House)
  • White House staff photographer Pete Souza writes, “the President carries the twin boys of Katie Beirne Fallon, Director of Legislative Affairs, into the Oval Office just a few months after they were born.” June 17, 2015. (Pete Souza, The White House)
  • President Obama greets the Dalai Lama at the entrance of the Map Room of the White House on June 15, 2016. (Pete Souza, The White House)
  • Obama playing with Ella Rhodes, the daughter of his deputy national security adviser, in the Oval Office. (Pete Souza, The White House)
  • Barack and Michelle hugging after a campaign event in Iowa became the most retweeted picture in history (Photograph: Scout Tufankjian for Obama for America)
  • Restaurant owner Scott Van Duzer giving Obama a bear hug in Florida. (Saul Loeb, AFP)
  • President Obama and Pope Francis walk down the Colonnade before meeting in the Oval Office of the White House on Sept. 23, 2015. (AP)
  • President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump shake hands following their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP)
  • President Obama laughs after greeting a child dressed as the Pope during Halloween festivities at the South Portico of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. (Andrew Harnik, AP)
  • A tear swells in President Obama’s eye as he speaks about the youngest victims of the Sandy Hook shootings, while speaking on Jan. 5, 2016, about the steps his administration is taking to reduce gun violence. (AP)
  • Obama talks with his daughter Malia on the swing set outside the Oval Office. (Pete Souza, The White House)
  • Barack and Michelle Obama share an intimate moment on their way to the Inaugural Ball in 2009. (Pete Souza, The White House)
  • Mr Obama runs along an East Wing hallway with Bo the dog. (Pete Souza, The White House)
  • The President and his national security team monitor in real time the mission against Osama bin Laden. (Pete Souza, The White House)


  • President Barack Obama jokes around with the son of a White House staffer at Halloween. (Pete Souza, The White House)
  • First lady Michelle Obama adjusts the president's tie as they await the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the White House on Sept. 25, 2015. (Jim Watson, AFP)
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with President Obama outside the Elmau castle in Krün near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. (AP)
  • President Obama waves goodbye aboard Air Force One. (Pete Souza, The White House)