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White House 2012: Pete Souza offers a peek behind the curtain (PHOTOS)
Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

White House photographer Pete Souza documented the quiet moments, the smiles and the solemnity in President Barack Obama's year.

"When these eight years are done, Pete will be its most important illustrator," said Robert Gibbs, who served as White House press secretary in Obama’s first term, according to The Washington Post.

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President Barack Obama hugs Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., on the floor of the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., before delivering the State of the Union address, Jan. 24, 2012.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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A child reaches out to First Lady Michelle Obama prior to a Faith and Community Groups Leading the Way event at Northland, A Church Distributed, in Longwood, Fla., Feb. 11, 2012. The event was held in celebration of the second anniversary of the "Let's Move!" initiative.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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President Barack Obama reads from a tablet computer during a flight aboard Marine One en route to Everett, Wash., Feb. 17, 2012.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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President Barack Obama jokes with Vice President Joe Biden backstage before the STOCK Act signing event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, April 4, 2012.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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President Barack Obama greets the Zion Baptist Church Children's Choir before the Easter Prayer Breakfast, in the Blue Room of the White House, April 4, 2012.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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President Barack Obama greets participants after a Land Titling event at the Plaza de San Pedro, Cartagena, Colombia, April 15, 2012. President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia is seen at right.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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President Barack Obama tours the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., with Sara Bloomfield, museum director, and Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor, April 23, 2012.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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President Barack Obama talks with Ambassador Ryan Crocker aboard Marine One en route to the Afghan Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 1, 2012. Seated next to the President, from left, are Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough and Chief of Staff Jack Lew.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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President Barack Obama greets U.S. troops following his remarks at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, May 1, 2012.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, as he departs for Washington, D.C., May 1, 2012.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, President Barack Obama, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and others watch the overtime shootout of the Chelsea vs. Bayern Munich Champions League final, in the Laurel Cabin conference room during the G8 Summit at Camp David, Md., May 19, 2012.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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President Barack Obama looks at Mount Rainier from Air Force One during a flight from Seattle, Wash., to Los Angeles, Calif., May 10, 2012. Nancy-Ann DeParle, Deputy Chief of Staff, and Press Secretary Jay Carney join the President for a look.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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President Barack Obama has lunch with members of the Congressional Leadership in the Oval Office Private Dining Room, May 16, 2012. The President served hoagies from Taylor Gourmet, which he purchased after a small business roundtable earlier in the day. Seated, clockwise from the President, are: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and House Speaker John Boehner.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet the family of Specialist Leslie H. Sabo, Jr., U.S. Army, outside the Oval Office prior to a Medal of Honor ceremony honoring Specialist Sabo, May 16, 2012. Pictured, from left, are: Kathleen Starkey, sister-in-law; Rose Sabo-Brown, widow; Frances Buccelli, mother-in-law.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk with former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush in the Cross Hall towards the East Room of the White House, May 31, 2012. The President and First Lady hosted a ceremony to unveil the Bushes' official portraits, which will be displayed in the White House.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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President Barack Obama talks with former President Bill Clinton backstage at the New Amsterdam Theater in New York, N.Y., June 4, 2012.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wave goodbye to President Shimon Peres of Israel on the North Portico of the White House following the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony and dinner in his honor, June 13, 2012.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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President Barack Obama walks with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton following a bilateral meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia at the Esperanza Resort in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, June 18, 2012.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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President Barack Obama pets Bo, the Obama family dog, in the Oval Office, June 21, 2012.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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President Barack Obama views fire damage with firefighters and elected officials in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 29, 2012.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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President Barack Obama holds a baby while greeting guests during an Independence Day celebration on the South Lawn of the White House, July 4, 2012.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watch from the White House roof as fireworks erupt over the National Mall, July 4, 2012.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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The President delivers remarks in the pouring rain at a campaign event in Glen Allen, Va on July 14, 2012. He was supposed to do a series of press interviews inside before his speech, but since people had been waiting for hours in the rain he did his remarks as soon as he arrived onsite.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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First Lady Michelle Obama talks with Joshua Wilkins-Waldron during a "Let's Move! London" event at Winfield House in London, England, July 27, 2012.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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President Barack Obama stands with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during the transfer of remains ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Sept. 14, 2012, marking the return to the United States of the remains of J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Ambassador to Libya; Sean Smith, Information Management Officer; and Security Personnel Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, who were killed in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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The President pretends to be caught in Spider-Man's web as he greets the Nicholas Tamarin, 3, just outside the Oval Office on October 26, 2012. Spider-Man had been trick-or-treating for an early Halloween with his father, White House aide Nate Tamarin in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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President Barack Obama hugs Donna Vanzant, the owner of North Point Marina, as he tours damage from Hurricane Sandy in Brigantine, N.J., Oct. 31, 2012.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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President Barack Obama acknowledges the crowd during an event at McArthur High School in Hollywood, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are photographed with Aung San Suu Kyi and her staff at her residence in Rangoon, Burma, Nov. 19, 2012.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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Pete Souza said: "Two days after the shootings at Newtown, the President traveled to Connecticut to meet with the victims' families and give remarks at a prayer vigil. The President spent hours greeting family members. Difficult as that was for everyone, the one moment that helped sooth the pain was when he posed for a photo with the siblings and cousins of Emilie Parker, one of the 20 children who died that day in Newtown. I see both sadness and hope in this photograph, and I know after a lot of tears that day, it meant so much to the President that everyone was able to smile for a moment in this family photo. Thanks to the Parker family for allowing us to show this photograph publicly."

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - Courtesy)
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