These 11 Iconic Photos Prove Obama is The Coolest President Ever
As the temperature and the election cycle heat up, we’re starting to feel a heavy dose of that summertime sadness Lana Del Rey sang about. Admittedly, our sadness isn’t about our daddy lover like Lana’s is. We’re in the early stages of grief as we come to terms with the fact that President Barack Obama is now only six months away from ending his eight-year reign as one of the coolest presidents of all time, leaving us with two presidential candidates whose favorability ratings are lower than your tolerance for the DMV. Rather than drinking away our sorrows, we’re celebrating Obama through the official White House photographer Pete Souza’s massive archive of photos.
Souza has been by Obama’s side through the highs and lows of his eight-year presidency and, in the process, has amassed over two million photos. The 61-year-old photographer is no stranger to hanging out in the Oval Office—he was Ronald Reagan’s official photographer from 1983 to 1989—and he isn’t even a stranger to taking photos of Obama. His first photo of the President happened in Russia in 2005, three years before he won the election when he was just a vibrant young Senator. “He’s walking around Red Square, he’s on a sidewalk, and nobody knows who he is,” Souza recalled.
Now, as the final stretch of Obama’s presidency begins, we look back on some of the most iconic photos that Souza captured over the years. From rocking dad normcore at Camp David to playing with kids and slow dancing with Michelle, click through the gallery to see the moments that have defined his legacy.
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Images via Pete Souza.