What It’s Like To Be Obama’s Photographer

Few jobs look cooler on a business card than “Official White House Photographer.” But that’s precisely the job of Pete Souza, the man who’s spent the last eight years documenting Barack Obama’s two terms in The Oval Office.

“When you add up (the president’s) day, and all the things that I photograph, I take a lot of pictures,” said the photographer in a short interview. “Someone in my office who monitors this said that I’ll probably end up taking, at the end of eight years, two million photographs.”

Souza, who was also Ronald Reagan’s official photographer from 1983 to 1989, actually took his first pictures of Obama back in 2005. “He’s walking around Red Square, he’s on a sidewalk, and nobody knows who he is,” said the photographer. Just four years later however, Obama was elected as the 44th President of the United States.

#1 Barack Obama And Ella Rhodes, Daughter Of Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes

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#2 President Barack Obama Fist-Bumps Custodian Lawrence Lipscomb

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#3 A Young Boy Reaches Up To Compare The President’s Hair To His Own

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#4 President Obama Delivers A Colorful Farewell As He Leaves Jamaica

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#5 President Barack Obama Jokingly Puts His Toe On The Scale As Trip Director Marvin Nicholson Weighs Himself

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#6 President Barack Obama Kisses First Lady Michelle Obama For The “Kiss Cam”

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#7 President Barack Obama With First Lady Michelle Obama Meets Prince George

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#8 Barack Obama Crawling With Ella Rhodes

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#9 Playing With Bo

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#10 Family Portrait In The Oval Office

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#11 The President Shows His Fun Side, Playing The Villain To A Three-Year-Old Spider-Man

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#12 President Barack Obama Holds Six-Month-Old Talia Neufeld, Daughter Of Departing Staff Member Adam Neufeld

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#13 President Barack Obama And First Lady Michelle Obama Share A Private Moment

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#14 One-Year-Old Lincoln Rose Smith Learns To Walk

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#15 Skeptical Infants Peer At The POTUS Through A Window

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#16 President Barack Obama Shares A Pizza Dinner With Individuals Who Wrote Letters To Him, At The Wazee Supper Club In Denver, Colo

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#17 The President Let Out A big Laugh As He Was Being Briefed By The Producers And Mr. Fallon On The ‘Slow Jam The News’ Segment

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#18 The President Tosses Around The Ball Before A Meeting In The Oval Office

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#19 On A Cold Day, The President Races Down The Colonnade With Denis McDonough’s Children

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#20 President Barack Obama Eats A Peach Following A Town Hall Meeting At Kroger’s Supermarket

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#21 President Barack Obama Watches First Lady Michelle Obama Dance With 106-Year-Old Virginia McLaurin Prior To A Reception Celebrating African American History

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#22 President Barack Obama’s Daughter Sasha Hides Behind The Sofa As She Sneaks Up On Him At The End Of The Day In The Oval Office

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#23 President Barack Obama Welcomes Stephanie Decker. Decker lost her legs while saving her two children during a tornado in southern Indiana in March

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#24 President Barack Obama And First Lady Michelle Obama Dance Together During The Inaugural Ball At The Walter E. Washington Convention Center

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#25 President Barack Obama And First Lady Michelle Obama

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#26 The President And Members Of The White House Staff Look Out The Window Of Air Force One To View Tornado Damage Over Moore, Oklahoma

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#27 President Barack Obama Plays Basketball With White House Staffers While On Vacation On Martha’s Vineyard

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#28 Two Presidents Waiting Near Locked Door

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#29 President Barack Obama Meets With His Holiness The XIV Dalai Lama

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#30 The President Plays Peek-A-Boo With The Daughter Of White House Staffer Emmett Beliveau In The Outer Oval Office

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#31 President Barack Obama Holds The Baby Daughter Of Former Staff Members Darienne Page Rakestraw And London Rakestraw

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#32 President Barack Obama Rides The Elevator To The Private Residence Of The White House After Attending 10 Inaugural Balls And A Long Day, Including Being Sworn In As President

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#33 The Two Coaches For Sasha Obama’s Basketball Team Couldn’t Make It To One Of Her Games, So The President And His Then Personal Aide Filled In As Coaches For This Game

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#34 Obama Family In The Oval Office

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#35 Eight-Year Old Make-A-Wish Child Janiya Penny Reacts After Meeting President Barack Obama As He Welcomes Her Family To The Oval Office

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#36 The President And First Lady Holding Hands At The 50th Anniversary Of Bloody Sunday

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#37 President Barack Obama Runs Around His Desk In The Oval Office With Sarah Froman, Daughter Of Nancy Goodman And Mike Froman, Deputy National Security Advisor For International Economics

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#38 President Barack Obama Welcomes Robby Novak, Known As “Kid President,” To The Oval Office

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#39 President Barack Obama Sits On The Famed Rosa Parks Bus At The Henry Ford Museum

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#40 President Barack Obama Looks Out The Green Room Window

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#41 President Barack Obama Hugs Donna Vanzant, The Owner Of North Point Marina, As He Tours Damage From Hurricane Sandy In Brigantine, N.J.

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#42 Barack Obama

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#43 President Barack Obama Plays With Bo, The Obama Family Dog, Aboard Air Force One During A Flight To Hawaii

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#44 President Barack Obama And First Lady Michelle Obama Dance At The Governors Ball

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#45 President Obama Orders Lunch At Five Guys In Washington, D.C. During An Unannounced Lunch Outing

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#46 President Obama And First Lady Pose For Photos At The Instagram #GimmeFive Photo Booth In The East Room Of The White House

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#47 President Barack Obama Kisses First Lady Michelle Obama

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#48 President Barack Obama And His Daughters Watch On Television As First Lady Michelle Obama Begins Her Speech At The Democratic National Convention

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#49 Barack Obama Takes One Last Look In The Mirror, Before Going Out To Take Oath

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#50 President Barack Obama Holds A Baby While Greeting Guests During An Independence Day Celebration

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