White House photos, 2016: Behind the scenes with Obama

In a year-end tradition, Chief White House photographer Pete Souza has selected the best photos of President Barack Obama from 2016.

“As always, the editing for this project is both subjective and personal. Yes, there are some historic moments included but mostly I was looking for behind-the-scenes moments that give people a more personal look at the President and First Lady,” Souza wrote. “And I’ve included a few that I thought were just cool photos.”

The photos feature the president playing golf, meeting voters with First Lady Michelle Obama, and working with staff in the Oval Office.
One photo shows Obama and the First Lady dancing with 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin in the Blue Room during African American History Month. Another shows Obama receiving an update in the Oval Office on the situation in Syria from key staffers.
Souza also included a picture of Malia and Sasha Obama attending their first State Dinner.

“What an honor to watch these girls grow up. Malia, foreground, and Sasha were both invited guests for the State Dinner in honor of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and Mrs. Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau,” he said. “Following the actual sit-down dinner in the East Room, they made their way down the Great Hall to the State Dining Room for the musical entertainment.”

Here are all the photos and a few selected here:

“The President is always asking staff to bring their babies and young kids by for a visit. Here, during a break between meetings one afternoon, the President crawled around in the Oval Office with Communications Director Jen Psaki’s daughter Vivi.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama reacts as his putt falls just short during an impromptu hole of golf with staffers Joe Paulsen, left, and Marvin Nicholson after the U.S.-ASEAN Summit at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Feb. 24, 2016 “The President receives an update in the Oval Office on the situation in Syria from Brett McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL. Pictured left to right: Jen Easterly, Senior Director for Counterterrorism; Lt. Gen. Terry Wolff (Ret.), Deputy Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL; National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice; McGurk; and Rob Malley, White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Jan. 7, 2016 “This is how a big presidential speech begins. At least for President Obama. With the deadline quickly approaching for the State of the Union speech, the President summoned Cody Keenan, Director of Speechwriting, and Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, to the Oval Office and essentially dictated the first draft of his speech.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Two days after the election, the President meets with President-elect Donald Trump. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Jan. 5, 2016 “With sunlight streaming through a window in the Green Room, President Obama listens to his introduction by Mark Barden, whose 7-year-old son Daniel was killed during the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Later, as he made remarks in the East Room, he began to cry as he recalled the day of the shootings; he called it the worst day of his Presidency.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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