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Hot Stuff: Must-See Photographs from US President Barack Obama's Eight Years in Office

Hot Stuff: Must-See Photographs from US President Barack Obama's Eight Years in Office

With US President Barack Obama stepping down from office on January 20, 2017 will come a huge change not just for America, but for the world. Before that pivotal moment, though, let's take a look back at Obama's eight years in office, through the powerful lens of Pete Souza, the chief photographer of the White House. Souza has accumulated around two million photos, documenting countless key moments during the Obama administration.

Souza’s Instagram account gives us a unique view of the behind-the-scenes at Obama's life, light and candid moments aplenty. Here are some of our top picks from the more recent photos from his collection:

 

1. Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama, and them being cordial with one another, amidst threats the US was getting from China:

 

President Obama greets His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama at the entrance of the Map Room of the White House today.

A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

 

2. Obama’s appearance on Tonight with Jimmy Fallon, where he had a “slow jam” session with the talk show host:

 

Slow jam the news. Watch President Obama now on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

 

3. Obama and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shaking hands at the Hiroshima Place Memorial:

 

4. Obama trying out the rocking chair gifted to him by the University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball Team:

 

5. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman accompanying Obama in a motorcade, pretty much a symbol of how they are working together for world peace in spite of religious differences:

 

6. Obama and Golden State Warriors star player Stephen Curry bringing out their inner scientists:

 

Two amateur scientists. @stephencurry30 www.mentor.gov

A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

 

7. Obama’s historical meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro, marking the first time the US president visited Cuba in 88 years:

 

President Obama and President Castro during their restricted bilateral meeting today.

A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

 

8. Obama serving food to visitors on Thanksgiving Day:

 

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Banner photograph from The White House Flickr account

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