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Obama 2013: A Year in the Photos

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 7, 2014


The White House Photography Office picked out some of the best photos from the past year to give you an inside look at the presidency — and some of the best moments from 2013.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • President Obama singing Happy Birthday to First Lady Michelle Obama
  • Lots of Sunny and Bo
  • Visiting South Africa to honor Nelson Mandela
  • Some very adorable kids with the President

[Celebrity’s every word, moment and activity could be news and subject for debate and discussion. US President’s most of the activities could have global value and meaning. In 2013 Obama was sworn in for a second term and I would like to share the photos highlighting President Obama’s 2013 activities that  I received two hours ago  from White House.

After writing letter to President Obama  on American shoe company issue with Buddha photos on shoes, I regularly receive emails from White House.]

January 11, 2013“President Obama walks with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan on the White House Colonnade after their meeting in the Oval Office. Afghanistan continued to occupy a lot of the President’s time during 2013.”(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

January 17, 2013“The President sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to the First Lady after greeting inaugural brunch guests in the Blue Room of the White House. Of course, the First Lady’s new hairstyle attracted a lot of attention.”(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

January 21, 2013“The President and First Lady wave to supporters as they ride in the inaugural parade. I had asked the President if I could ride in the presidential limousine and the President joked, ‘But Michelle and I were planning to make out.'” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

January 25, 2013“On a cold day, the President races down the Colonnade with Denis McDonough’s children en route to the announcement that Denis would become the new Chief of Staff.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


February 11, 2013“The First Lady watches as the children of former Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha choose apples in the Oval Office. The President later awarded SSG. Romesha the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.” (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

February 14, 2013“The President genuinely enjoys being with kids. Here, he played a magnifying glass game with children during a visit to a pre-kindergarten classroom at the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, Georgia.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

February 22, 2013“How high is that ceiling? The President showed Samantha Power and Cass Sunstein’s children just how high by throwing a basketball to see if he could touch the ceiling with it.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

February 24, 2013“The President and First Lady joke with the Vice President and Dr. Biden in the Blue Room of the White House before the National Governors Association Dinner.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


March 12, 2013“The President leans on an umbrella as he waited for heavy rain to let up before crossing from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to the West Wing of the White House. Most of the staff and Secret Service with the President didn’t have umbrellas so he waited for the rain to subside before crossing. I was behind the President, hoping that someone with an umbrella would walk by in the background to add another element to the photograph.” (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

March 13, 2013“The President talks with House Speaker John Boehner after the President participated in a Q&A with the House Republican Conference at the U.S. Capitol.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

March 14, 2013“The President sips a cup of tea while talking on the phone in the Oval Office with President Xi Jinping of China. I converted the digital file to black and white to accentuate the three presidential aides in the foreground.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

March 15, 2013“A glass-top table serves as a reflection as the President President talks with staff in the Oval Office.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

March 22, 2013“The President was visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum with Israeli President Shimon Peres, Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu, and others. When the President asked a question about the cityscape in the background, the sunlight lit up his hands adding another dimension to this photograph.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

March 23, 2013“I was on the second helicopter which landed minutes before Marine One, and then photographed the President’s helicopter as it descended into a landing zone outside of Petra, Jordan.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

March 23, 2013“While touring the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, the President and Dr. Suleiman A.D. Al Farajat, a University of Jordan tourism professor, jumped from a ledge of the Nabataean Amphitheater.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

March 26, 2013“The President signs memorabilia in the Oval Office for an overjoyed Nina Centofanti, 8, the 2013 March of Dimes National Ambassador.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


April 1, 2013“Robby Novak, AKA ‘Kid President’, feigns a phone call at the Resolute Desk during his visit to see the President in the Oval Office. ‘Kid President’ became a YouTube sensation and was invited to participate in the Easter Egg Roll at the White House.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

April 3, 2013“The President hugs Sue Connors and Jane Dougherty, right, following his remarks at the Denver Police Academy in Denver, Colo. The women lost their sister, Mary Sherlach, in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

April 5, 2013“The President listens intently during a National Security Council meeting in the Situation Room of the White House.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

April 8, 2013“The President talks with family members of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings aboard Air Force One upon their arrival at Joint Base Andrews. The President invited the families to accompany him following his remarks in Newtown, Conn.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

April 9, 2013“The First Family listen as Eddie Floyd sings “Knock On Wood” during the In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul concert in the East Room of the White House.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

April 11 2013“Chuck Kennedy photographed the First Lady as she takes a ‘selfie’ with Bo, the Obama family dog, for National Geographic.”
(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

April 11, 2013“The President holds Chaplain (Captain) Emil Kapaun’s Easter stole during a greet with Father Kapaun’s family in the Oval Office, before posthumously awarding him the Medal of Honor. After being captured by the Chinese military in 1950, Father Kapaun was taken to a North Korean prison camp, where he later died but not before he held an Easter service and said prayers for his captors.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

April 12, 2013“Filling in for David Lienemann, Lawrence Jackson made this photograph of the real Vice President, with Julia-Louise Dreyfus, star of the HBO show Veep’, in his West Wing office of the White House.” (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

April 15, 2013“Gotta love the reaction of that young face as the President greeted members of the audience following a ceremony honoring the 2012 BCS National Champion University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team on the South Lawn of the White House.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

April 16, 2013“FBI Director Robert Mueller leads a briefing for the President on the Boston Marathon bombings.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

April 19, 2013“The President was about to make a statement in the White House Briefing Room and noticed the photographs hanging on the wall in the Press Office were crooked. So he took matters into his own hands, straightening the pictures as Press Assistant Marie Aberger watched. Deputy Press Secretary works in his office in the background.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

April 22, 2013“The President pauses for a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

April 24, 2013“The First Lady reacts while talking with a youngster along a rope line with the President at Love Field Airport in Dallas, Texas.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

April 25, 2013“The President and First Lady attend a memorial service in Waco, Texas, for the firefighters and first responders who died at a fertilizer plant explosion the week before In West, Texas. A day that began with laughter at the Bush Presidential Library ended in tears as the Obamas also met privately with the families who lost loved ones.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

April 25, 2013“Four Presidents. One funny story. Presidents Carter, Clinton, Obama and Bush wait backstage to be introduced during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

April 26, 2013“The President and King Abdullah II of Jordan make statements to the press pool prior to their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


May 2, 2013“The President tastes a sip of tequila as the urging of President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico prior to a working dinner at Los Pinos in Mexico City.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

May 13, 2013“The President waves farewell to British Prime Minister David Cameron as his motorcade departs the North Portico of the White House.” (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

May 16, 2013“Before his working dinner at the White House, the President escorted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to the South Portico balcony and pointed out the Washington Monument (and Jefferson Memorial, which you can’t see in this photo).” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

May 19, 2013“Graduates react in the pouring rain as the President delivered remarks during the commencement ceremony at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. Officials from the college wanted the event to proceed outside because they did not have an indoor facility available for this many people.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

May 24, 2013“Thelma Maxine Pippen McNair, mother of Denise McNair, whispers to the President after he signed H.R. 360, which provided for the presentation of a congressional gold medal to commemorate the lives of the four young African American victims of the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, in September 1963. McNair’s daughter was one of the victims.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

May 26, 2013“The President and members of the White House staff look out the window of Air Force One to view tornado damage over Moore, Oklahoma. After landing at Tinker Air Base, the President did a walking tour of the damage and met with those affected.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

May 28, 2013“The President congratulates New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie while playing the “TouchDown Fever” arcade game along the Point Pleasant boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. The President toured the boardwalk which had reopened following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

May 29, 2013“A woman hugs the President as he and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel greeted people on the tarmac at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


June 3, 2013“As part of their daily end-of-the-day wrap, the President and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough walk on the South Lawn of the White House. They usually walk on the South Drive but on this day they ventured to this corner of the 18-acre grounds.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

June 4, 2013“Following their bilateral meeting, then President of Chile Sebastion Pinera asked the President if he could sit in his chair at the Resolute Desk.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

June 5, 2013“A student eyes the Emancipation Proclamation as the President gave students from William R. Harper High School in Chicago a tour of the Oval Office.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

June 8, 2013“The President sits with President Xi Jinping China on an inscribed redwood park bench at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The two leaders spent two days in bilateral talks at Sunnylands.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

June 14, 2013“The President had invited departing staff member Adam Neufeld to the Oval Office for a farewell photograph. When the President picked up Neufeld’s six-month-old daughter, she started grabbing his face.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

June 14, 2013“The President called me over to pose for a photo with a young boy who had fallen asleep during the Father’s Day ice cream social in the State Dining Room of the White House.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

June 16, 2013“The President shows off his dance moves as he and the First Lady waited backstage during an intermission of daughter Sasha’s dance recital at Strathmore Arts Center in North Bethesda, Maryland.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

June 17, 2013“The President and British Prime Minister David Cameron visit with school children at Enniskillen Primary School, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, during a break from the G-8 Summit.” (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

June 17, 2013“Access for me at the G8 Summits is always dependent upon the host country. The Brits were very accommodating which enabled me to photograph this casual moment of the President with the other heads of state before a working dinner at Lough Erne Resort in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

June 19, 2013“The President and German Chancellor Angela Merkel listen to remarks by Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. The last time I had been here was in 1987 on the opposite site of the Gate when President Reagan had challenged Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev to ‘tear down this wall.'”(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

June 19, 2013“A beautiful evening just after sunset as the President and and First Lady boarded Air Force One at Tegel Airport prior to departing Berlin, Germany.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

June 27, 2013“The President and his daughter Malia talk on the bow of a ferry traveling to Goree Island, Senegal.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

June 30, 2013“A quiet moment inside Nelson Mandela’s former prison cell as the President embraced Sasha while the Obama family was listening to Ahmed Kathrada recount his years spent imprisoned here on Robben Island in Cape Town, South Africa. Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, initially in this prison cell. Kathrada was imprisoned at Robben Island for 18 years.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


July 1, 2013“Thousands of people lined the streets as the President’s motorcade makes its way to the State House in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This could have been a dangerous situation as local security were unable to keep people back away from the speeding cars.”(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

July 2, 2013“The President feels the hair of a youngster as he greets staff and their family members at the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

July 25, 2013“Marine One approaches the South Lawn of the White House. I had asked the President’s military aide if the pilot would let me photograph the approach from the cockpit, which yielded this photograph.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

July 27, 2013“David Lienemann made this great frame as the Vice President talked with Commander Timothy Wilke, commanding officer of the U.S.S. Freedom, during a tactical team demonstration, on board the U.S.S. Freedom, at Changi Navy Base in Singapore.” (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)


August 1, 2013“The President talks with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough in a staircase of the White House. I admittedly was influenced by the compositions of the photographer Cartier-Bresson in framing this.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

August 1, 2013“The President talks with the six-year-old son of departing staff member David Vandivier just outside the Oval Office. The youngster had just inquired how old the President was going to be in a few days (the President’s birthday is Aug. 4). ’52,’ the President replied. “Whoa!” said the six-year-old.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

August 19, 2013“The President plays with Sunny, the new Obama family pet, on the South Lawn on Sunny’s first day at the White House.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

August 22, 2013“A man salutes the President as he travels from Seneca Falls to Syracuse, N.Y. during the college affordability bus tour.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

August 22, 2013“You can’t always predict what will happen even when the President has a pre-arranged lunch during a stop on his college affordability college tour. Here, during a lunch with college students, recent graduates and educators, a young child plays on the floor nearby at Magnolia’s Deli & Cafe in Rochester, N.Y.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

August 28, 2013“Chuck Kennedy worked with the National Park Service to be able to photograph from this angle at the Lincoln Memorial as the President, First Lady, and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter walked to the stage during the ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

August 29, 2013“While waiting to call a foreign head of state to discuss the situation in Syria, I noticed the President looking out the window of the Oval Office.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

August 30, 2013“Seemingly trying to catch a look, Bo, the Obama family dog, sits outside the Oval Office as the President and First Lady participated in a promotion ceremony.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

August 31, 2013“The President meets in the Situation Room with his national security advisors to discuss his decision to postpone a military strike against the Syrian government for a chemical weapons attack so he could first seek Congressional authorization.”(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


September 6, 2013“I try to keep overview and scene setters in mind while documenting this Presidency, hence this photograph of delegation members walking towards the bilateral pavilion at Konstantinovsky Palace during the G20 Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

September 13, 2013“The President holds a bilateral meeting with His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah, the Amir of Kuwait, in the Oval Office.” (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

September 19, 2013“I loved the look Alanah Poullard’s face as the President wrote a school excuse note for the five-year-old, while visiting with Wounded Warriors and their families in the East Room during their tour of the White House. Alanah asked for a note to show her kindergarten teacher so she wouldn’t get in trouble for missing a school day.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

September 20, 2013“A Ford truck was stationed nearby the podium while the President delivered remarks on the economy at the Ford Kansas City Stamping Plant in Liberty, Missouri. After the speech, I positioned myself near the truck guessing that the President might lean over the hood of the truck to shake hands with Ford employees. Instead he opened the passenger door and slid over to the driver’s seat so he could get even closer to the employees.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

September 22, 2013“The President edits his speech before delivering remarks at a memorial service for victims of the Washington Navy Yard shootings. It is not uncommon for the President to be making final edits to a speech only moments before being introduced. Such was the case here.” (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

September 23, 2013“The President and First Lady kiss before departing for separate events after arriving at the Wall Street Landing Zone aboard Marine One in New York.”  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

September 24, 2013“The President and former President Bill Clinton are bathed in blue light as they talk backstage prior to participating in the Clinton Global Initiative Healthcare Forum in New York City. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, waits to introduce them.” (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)


October 4, 2013“The President walks back to the White House from Taylor Gourmet, a sandwich shop near the intersection of 17th and Pennsylvania Avenues, Washington, D.C. The President wanted to thank the sandwich shop for offering discounts to furloughed government workers during the shutdown.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

October 8, 2013“I love this angle by David Lienemann, of the Vice President leaving the West Wing to get into his motorcade on West Executive Avenue.”
(Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

October 9, 2013“I often say that sometimes the best pictures are either before or after a meeting, not during the meeting itself. Here, the President talks with members of the House Democratic Caucus in the East Room following their more formal meeting to discuss the government shutdown.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

October 10, 2013“This is a case where the meeting itself, not the before or after pictures, really conveyed the tone as the President met in the Roosevelt Room with the House Republican leadership to discuss the federal government shutdown and debt ceiling deadline.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

October 10, 2013“The faces of others give an indication of the President’s mood at the conclusion of a meeting to discuss the problems associated with enrollment in the Affordable Care Act.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

October 10, 2013“The President is literally framed through the arm of Chief of Staff Denis McDonough during a meeting in the Oval Office.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

October 12, 2013“Chief of Staff Denis McDonough throws a football in the air as the President met with senior staff in Denis’s office to discuss the federal government shutdown and debt ceiling deadline. That football got a lot of use during meetings in September and October.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

October 14, 2013“After a meeting in the Rose Garden, the President and Vice President walk back to the Oval Office.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

October 15, 2013“The juxtaposition of all the hands made this an interesting photograph following the President’s meeting with the House Democratic Leadership.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

October 18, 2013“Light matters. The paper that the President was writing on provided some fill light as he worked at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

October 23, 2013“Light matters #2. A shaft of light falls on the face of Susan Rice as she and Lisa Monaco met with the President before his phone call with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany to discuss the latest NSA leak from Edward Snowden.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

October 25, 2013“A young girl captures the President’s attention as he greeted customers at Junior’s Cheesecake with New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio in Brooklyn.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

October 25, 2013“The President uses his speaker phone during a Congressional phone call in the Oval Office.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

October 28, 2013“Amanda Lucidon made this photograph of the First Lady as she participated in a Let’s Move! event on the South Lawn of the White House.”
(Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

October 30, 2013“The President hugs former Boston Celtics Hall of Fame basketball player Bill Russell during a stop to view the statue of Russell before its unveiling at City Hall Plaza in Boston.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

October 30, 2013“Amanda Lucidon made this great overview photograph as the President delivered remarks regarding the Affordable Care Act at Faneuil Hall in Boston”. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

October 31, 2013“I was headed back into the White House after the President and First Lady had finished handing out Halloween treats on the South Lawn, when I noticed ‘Glinda the Good Witch’ greeting youngsters from inside her bubble.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


November 4, 2013“The President is reflected in a glass table top during a meeting in the Oval Office.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

November 5, 2013“Chuck Kennedy made this photograph in the State Dining Room of the First Lady, choreographer Nakul Dev Mahajan, and students for a Bollywood Dance Clinic at the White House.” (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

November 6, 2013“Bo was just hanging out in the Outer Oval Office when the President walked in to begin his day. Each morning, the President always enters through this door rather than the direct outside door to the Oval Office.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

November 13, 2013“The President was meeting with faith leaders to discuss immigration reform. At the end of the meeting, everyone held hands during a group prayer. I got close to frame the hands of the President and Vice President.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

November 14, 2013“The feet of Denis McDonough during a meeting in the Oval Office. The rug has several quotations around its perimeter, including one from Abraham Lincoln which begins with the word ‘Government,’ and reads in full, “Government of the People, By the People, For the People.'” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

November 20, 2013

“The President and First Lady, and former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, join others during a wreath laying ceremony at the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery to mark the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

November 22, 2013“Bo waits as the President and First Lady participate in an interview with Barbara Walters in the Cross Hall of the White House.” (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

November 23, 2013“Ben Rhodes and Tony Blinken both give thumbs up as the President talks on the phone with Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva to discuss ongoing negotiations with Iran. The call was on a Saturday which accounts for the casual attire.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

November 25, 2013“The night before we had landed in Seattle just as the sun was setting, with Mount Rainier clearly visible in the distance. The next morning, as we drove back to the same airport, the fog was quite thick. I got out of my car in the motorcade quickly to position myself for this photograph of the President waving goodbye to a few people watching the departure of Air Force One.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

November 26, 2013“After watching a motion capture demonstration at the DreamWorks Animation studio in California, the President tried out the camera himself.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


December 2, 2013“Joined by Chief of Staff Denis McDonough’s daughter, the President carries a birthday cake to surprise McDonough in his West Wing office.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

December 5, 2013“The President watches news coverage of the passing of Nelson Mandela, in the Outer Oval Office.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

December 9, 2013“The President and former President George W. Bush turn to joke with White House Doctor Ronny Jackson (off-camera) shortly after they boarded Air Force One for the trip to South Africa. Dr. Jackson also worked as a White House physician during the Bush administration.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

December 10, 2013“South Africans cheer as President Obama waits in a tunnel at the soccer stadium before taking the stage to speak at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service. It was a long overnight flight to Johannesburg, a few hours on the ground in the pouring rain, and then a long flight back to Washington.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

December 13, 2013“Everyone has a smart phone. The President delivers remarks with the First Lady during a Christmas reception in the Grand Foyer of the White House.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

December 13, 2013“The President discusses Afghanistan with the Vice President, Susan Rice and Jeff Eggers in the Christmas-decorated Oval Office.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

December 15, 2013“The National Building Museum was lit spectacularly in this view from the balcony as the Obama family and others listened to the Backstreet Boys perform during the annual “Christmas in Washington” taping.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

December 25, 2013“When little kids are around, you never know what will happen. On Christmas Day, the President and First Lady were greeting almost 600 active duty troops and their families at Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kaneohe (known locally as K-Bay). This youngster gave the President a look, which he returned; click to the next photograph to see what happened next.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

December 25, 2013“When little kids are around, you never know what will happen. See previous photograph.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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