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President Obama's First 4 Years

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On Monday, January 21, U.S. President Barack Obama will be sworn in for his second term during an inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C. As Obama and his team prepare for another four years, it seems appropriate to look back on his first term. White House photographers have captured thousands of images, including world tours, congressional battles, national tragedies, ceremonies, and many personal moments. Collected here are 50 images of Obama's first four years, from the intimate to the iconic. [50 photos]

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U.S. President Barack Obama looks on during a speech to Marines at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, February 27, 2009. (Reuters/Jim Young)
U.S. President Barack Obama looks on during a speech to Marines at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, February 27, 2009. (Reuters/Jim Young)
U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, along with wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia, wave during his election night victory rally in Chicago, on November 4, 2008. (Reuters/Jason Reed) #
Photographers crowd a camera stand as people fill the National Mall before the inauguration of Barack Obama and Joe Biden at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on January 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) #
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance at the Commander in Chief Inaugural Ball at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., on January 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) #
Barack and Michelle Obama share a private moment in a freight elevator at one of the inaugural balls as aides look away, on the evening of his inauguration day, on January 20, 2009. (Reuters/Pete Souza/The White House) #
President Barack Obama meets with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office shortly after she was confirmed and sworn in on Wednesday, January 21, 2009. (White House Photo/Pete Souza) #
Barack Obama, sitting next to 5-year-old Nick Aiello, sips his beverage while attending the Washington Wizards NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Washington, D.C., on February 27, 2009. (Reuters/Molly Riley) #
President Barack Obama bends over so that the son of a White House staff member can pat his head during a family visit to the Oval Office, on May 8, 2009. (Reuters/Pete Souza/The White House) #
Barack Obama walks down the Cross Hall to hold his first news conference as president, on February 9, 2009, in the East Room of the White House. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds) #
Obama takes aim with a photographer's camera backstage prior to remarks about providing mortgage payment relief at Dobson High School in Mesa, Arizona, on February 18, 2009 and later released by the White House. (Reuters/Pete Souza/The White House) #
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wear 3-D glasses while watching the NFL's Super Bowl XLIII game at a Super Bowl Party with family, friends, staff members and bipartisan members of the U.S. Congress, in the family theater of the White House, on February 1, 2009. (Reuters/Pete Souza/The White House) #
First lady Michelle Obama flexes her arms in response to a joke about her habit of wearing sleeveless dresses during the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, D.C., on May 9, 2009. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst) #
President Barack Obama walks on the South Lawn of the White House, on June 25, 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) #
Obama receives a standing ovation before speaking at Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt, on June 4, 2009. In his speech,President Obama called for a "new beginning between the United States and Muslims", declaring that "this cycle of suspicion and discord must end". (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) #
Obama is given a tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza while in Cairo, Egypt, on June 4, 2009. (Reuters/Larry Downing) #
Obama sits on the steps of the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Paris before returning to Washington, D.C., on June 7, 2009. (White House Photo/Pete Souza) #
Barack Obama places a rose in front of the gate building at the Buchenwald concentration camp near Weimar, Germany, on June 5, 2009. Obama, who is en route from Egypt to France, visited Dresden before visiting the former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald and the US regional medical center in Landstuhl during his stopover in Germany. (AP Photo/Oliver Multhaup) #
Barack Obama throws the ceremonial first pitch prior to the start of Major League Baseball's All-Star game in St. Louis, on July 14, 2009. (Reuters/Jeff Haynes) #
At Hopi Point, Barack Obama visits the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park with his family in Arizona, on August 16, 2009. (Reuters/Larry Downing) #
Cabinet Secretaries and Members of Congress, along with President Obama, watch a shot during a basketball game on the White House court, on October 8, 2009. (Reuters/Pete Souza/The White House) #
President Obama tours the Great Wall in Badaling, China, on November 18, 2009. (White House Photo/Pete Souza) #
Aboard Air Force One en route to Singapore, President Obama laughs with aides on November 14, 2009. (White House Photo/Pete Souza) #
President Obama fist-bumps custodian Lawrence Lipscomb in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building following the opening session of the White House Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth, on December 3, 2009. (White House Photo/Pete Souza) #
President Obama meets with members of his Cabinet in the Cabinet Room of the White House, on January 29, 2010. The President's chair is marked with a plaque engraved with the date of his inauguration. (White House Photo/Pete Souza) #
Barack and Michelle Obama dance together during the Governors Ball in the East Room of the White House, on February 21, 2010. (White House Photo/Pete Souza) #
Standing in the rain, President Obama pauses as he makes a statement to reporters at the Coast Guard Venice Station in Venice, Louisiana, as he visits the Gulf Coast region affected by the BP oil well spill, on May 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) #
President Obama listens to Maude Smith and her grandson David Robichaux Jr. in their home in the Columbia Parc Development in New Orleans, Louisiana, on August 29, 2010. (Reuters/Jim Young) #
President Barack Obama speaks after addressing the nation about the end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., on August 31, 2010. (Reuters/Jim Young) #
As Trip Director Marvin Nicholson tries to weigh himself, President Obama puts his toe on the scale during a hold in the volleyball locker room at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, on August 9, 2010. (White House Photo/Pete Souza) #
President Obama listens during one in a series of meetings discussing the mission against Osama bin Laden, in the Situation Room of the White House, on May 1, 2011. (Reuters/White House/Pete Souza) #
In the Situation Room of the White House, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden, on May 1, 2011. (Reuters/White House/Pete Souza) #
Barack and Michelle Obama tour the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with their daughters Sasha and Malia, on March 19, 2011. (White House Photo/Pete Souza) #
President Obama fist bumps a young person reaching through the door at the Cidade de Deus (City of God) favela Community Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 20, 2011. (White House Photo/Pete Souza) #
President Obama and First Lady Michelle watch fireworks from the roof of the White House, on July 4, 2011. (White House Photo/Pete Souza) #
During the tenth anniversary ceremonies of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center site, President Obama looks out at the North Pool of the 9/11 Memorial, on September 11, 2011 in New York City. (Robert Deutsch/Getty Images) #
President Obama reads from a tablet computer during a flight aboard Marine One en route to Everett, Washington, on February 17, 2012. (White House Photo/Pete Souza) #
President Obama reacts after realizing he dialed the wrong number while making calls from a local campaign field office during a unscheduled visit in Orlando, Florida, on October 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) #
Photographer Pete Souza: "We had just arrived aboard the Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn and the President was walking into the White House. I had seen this scene several times but had never been able to quite capture it the way I wanted. Here, finally, arriving at night, I was able to frame him walking into the light of the Diplomatic Reception Room, with the added bonus of his shadow being cast from the television lights off to the left." Photo taken on March 30, 2012. (White House Photo/Pete Souza) #
President Obama talks with Jimmy Fallon during a taping of "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" at Memorial Hall on the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill campus in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on April 24, 2012. (White House Photo/Pete Souza) #
Photographer Pete Souza: "We were doing an event at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Before speaking, the President was looking at some of the automobiles and exhibits adjacent to the event, and before I knew what was happening he walked onto the famed Rosa Parks bus. He sat in one of the seats, looking out the window for a only few seconds." Photo taken on April 18, 2012. (White House Photo/Pete Souza) #
President Obama hosts a reception in honor of national Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in the East Room of the White House, on June 15, 2012. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) #
Photographer Pete Souza: "We had just arrived at the helicopter landing zone in Chicago and instead of walking right to the motorcade, the President and First Lady walked past their vehicle to the edge of Lake Michigan to view the skyline of their home town." Photo taken on June 15, 2012. (White House Photo/Pete Souza) #
President Obama arrives aboard Marine One at the Wall Street heliport in New York, on September 24, 2012. (Reuters/Jason Reed) #
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama speak directly to each other during the second U.S. presidential debate in Hempstead, New York, on October 16, 2012. (Reuters/Mike Segar) #
President Obama speaks to an estimated crowd of 30,000 at a campaign rally in Madison, Wisconsin, on October 4, 2012. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque) #
Air Force One flies over suburban Long Island as President Obama arrives in New York, on September 24, 2012. (Reuters/Jason Reed) #
President Obama hugs North Point Marina owner Donna Vanzant as he tours damage done by Hurricane Sandy in Brigantine, New Jersey, on October 31, 2012. At left is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Putting aside partisan differences, Obama and Christie toured storm-stricken parts of New Jersey together, taking in scenes of flooded roads and burning homes in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. (Reuters/Larry Downing) #
Photographer Pete Souza: "The President, about to be caught in Spider-Man's web as he greets Nicholas Tamarin, 3, just outside the Oval Office. 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." Photo taken on October 26, 2012. (White House Photo/Pete Souza) #
President Barack Obama hugs first lady, Michelle Obama, after she introduces him at a campaign event at the Village of East Davenport in Davenport, Iowa, August 15, 2012. (Reuters/Larry Downing) #
President Obama reacts as Counterterrorism chief and adviser John Brennan briefs him at the White House on the details of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012. The president later said during a television interview that this was "the worst day of his Presidency." (Reuters/Peter Souza/Official White House Photo) #

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