Behind The Scenes Photos Of President Obama Show A Side To The Whitehouse You’ve Never Seen.
Photojournalist Pete Souza might have the coolest job in the world -- for the last two presidential terms, anyways. That's because Souza has spend the last eight years documenting the life and business of President Barack Obama, following him around the world to document every single aspect of his presidency, both personal and otherwise.
As you can image, the collection of images that Souza has amassed is absolutely fascinating, ranging from his early days as a new president in 2008, all the way up to photos taken as recently as a few months ago. Souza even has some incredible images from before Obama was president, documenting his time as a US Senator.
It's amazing to think about the kind of access that Souza has had throughout his career, witnessing Obama interact with dignitaries and world leaders, as well as with his family. Throughout eight years, it's estimated that Souza has taken over two million photographs of the president. See some of them below.
Souza has captured some adorable moments in the Oval Office.
Some of the best images are of President Obama and the children of White House staffers.
He's also caught him in pretty normal situations.
Souza has snapped images that range from professional to personal.
Hell, even the President gets to have a good time every once in awhile.
Some of them document the everyday business of existing in the White House.
Souza has done an amazing job capturing the president at his most personable moments.
According to Souza, he loves snapping photos of the President interacting with children.
These moments are tender, and show that at the end of the day, Obama is just a regular guy -- not to mention a dad.
All in all, the President definitely had a thing for kids -- and they adore him, too.
In fact, many of the best White House pictures involve children.
Not to mention the family dogs.
Moments with Michelle are a personal favorite as well.
Souza was told by the White House to pick the photos he felt best represented the presidency, which is what you see here.
It must have been difficult to be a part of virtually every aspect of this world leader's life.
But according to Souza, most of it was a lot of fun.
There were some moments that were more tense than others.
And some moments that felt like he was just snapping pics of an old friend.
And every so often, he'd get a photo where the president seemed otherworldly.
But mostly, he captured the man in his element, being himself -- while simultaneously performing his duties as Commander-in-Chief.
For more insight on Souza's work, including which photos were the most difficult for him to shoot, check out the short interview with the photographer below.