Here are some of our favorite images from the White House, taken by chief White House photographer Pete Souza and photojournalists covering President Obama. The photos give a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life in the White House during Obama’s final year in office in 2016.
The White House wakes up in mid-January, the morning after President Obama’s final State of the Union address.
President Obama leaves the Oval Office, with a portrait of President Lincoln in the distance.
Italy’s then–Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and President Obama stand at attention during the playing of the national anthem during a state arrival ceremony in October on the South Lawn of the White House.
President Obama stands at his Oval Office desk.
In a lighthearted moment inside the White House around Easter time, the Easter Bunny gets some rest.
First lady Michelle Obama cheers on children as they run through an obstacle course race in the Rose Garden of the White House during the White House Easter Egg Roll. Thousands of children take part in the annual event.
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin in February before a reception celebrating African-American history.
Obama has a quiet moment of reflection before making a speech.
The Obamas wait to greet Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife, Ho Ching, as they arrive for a state dinner in August.
President Obama celebrates his victory after playing a game of Connect 4 with professional basketball star Stephen Curry.
Members of the White House staff watch and take photos as Obama departs the White House for a trip in October.
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama laugh as they wait for Nordic leaders to arrive for a state dinner in May.
Obama practices relaxing in a rocking chair given to him by a women’s basketball team.