The White House has released a back catalogue of pictures from the past year, in snapshots that capture an intimate portrait of the US President's last 12 months in office.

Barack Obama can be seen laughing in the sea, his wife Michelle is captured taking part in a sack race, as well as iconic shots of the President celebrating the healthcare ruling.

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Obama celebrates the New Year with a dip in the sea in his native Hawaii


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In the East Room of the White House during a 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' taping


There are more moving moments too. The president praying with a wounded service member is depicted, as is Obama on Rosa Park's bus seat.

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Civil rights campaigner Parks refused to obey the bus driver's order that she give up her seat to a white passenger


Perhaps the most emotional is the president's reaction as he hears of the Sandy Hook shootings. Obama later said during a TV interview that this was the worst day of his presidency.

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The president being briefed on the details of the shooting


Obama is well-known for his appeals to "ordinary folks." This picture of him wiping yoghurt off his trousers shows that despite holding one of the most powerful positions in the world, he isn't too big to clean himself up.

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Even Obama has wardrobe malfunctions


University of Colorado student Kolbi Zerbest had placed her cup of yogurt on the ground while trying to shake hands with the President, and someone else inadvertently kicked the cup.

Obama also manages to pull off all-American cool in many of the shots. Pictures of the President playing basketball with George Clooney and Tobey Maguire, and on home turf of his beloved Chicago Bears, paint the president as a high-school hero.

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Obama: King of the cool photo


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Early morning basketball in Los Angeles


See a year in the life of President Obama below.

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    "A nice way to celebrate the New Year for the President was to jump in the ocean in his native state of Hawaii. He was on his annual Christmas vacation with family and friends, and went swimming at Pyramid Rock Beach in Kaneohe Bay." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    Oct. 18, 2012 "The President ties his white tie before the Alfred E. Smith dinner in New York. Although the dinner is an annual event, every four years, the two presidential nominees attend the dinner only a few weeks before the election." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    Sept. 7, 2012 "The President and Vice President share a laugh before a campaign rally together in Portsmouth, N.H." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    Sept. 6, 2012 "While the President was waiting anxiously backstage before his speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., daughters Malia and Sasha came in to wish him well." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    Sept. 5, 2012 "Backstage at the Democratic National Convention, the President watches as former President Bill Clinton delivers his nomination speech, before surprising the crowd with an onstage appearance together after the speech." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    Aug. 15, 2012 "The President hugs the First Lady after she had introduced him at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa. The campaign tweeted a similar photo from the campaign photographer on election night and a lot of people thought it was taken on election day." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    Aug. 14, 2012 "The President waves from his campaign bus to people lining the motorcade route in Iowa." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    Aug. 14, 2012 "How about a White House beer? The President was greeting patrons at Coffee Connection in Knoxville, Iowa, when this customer asked him about the White House beer. The President said he thought he might have some on his campaign bus and asked an aide to check. A few minutes later, the President delivered a bottle and the customer reacted in celebration." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    Aug. 8, 2012 "Overcome with emotion, eight-year old Make-A-Wish child Janiya Penny reacts just after meeting the President as he welcomes her family to the Oval Office." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    July 27, 2012 "Sonya Hebert captured this amusing moment as U.S. Olympic wrestler Elena Pirozhkova literally picked up the First Lady during a greet with Team USA Olympic athletes competing in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London." (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

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    July 26, 2012 "A view from behind the President's chair during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    July 22, 2012 "The President hugs Stephanie Davies, who helped keep her friend, Allie Young, left, stay alive after she was shot during the movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colo. The President visited patients and family members affected by the shootings at the University of Colorado Hospital. The President later told their story in a news conference." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    July 16, 2012 "The President and First Lady were attending the game between the U.S. Men's Olympic basketball team and Brazil in Washington, D.C. During the first half, the jumbotron flashed couples on their 'Kiss Cam', where they are then induced by the crowd to kiss each other. But neither the President or First Lady saw themselves when they were flashed on the 'Kiss Cam', and some in the audience booed when they didn't kiss. At halftime, as we walked to the locker room to visit the U.S. team, daughters Malia and Sasha were asking their parents why they hadn't kissed during their 'Kiss Cam' moment. Both the President and First Lady said they hadn't even realized what had happened and didn't know why people were booing. So in the second half, when they appeared again on the 'Kiss Cam', the President leaned over to kiss the First Lady amidst audience cheers as Malia and the Vice President watched overhead on the jumbotron." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    July 14, 2012 "The President delivers remarks in the pouring rain at a campaign event in Glen Allen, Va. He was supposed to do a series of press interviews inside before his speech, but since people had been waiting for hours in the rain he did his remarks as soon as he arrived at the site so people could go home to dry off ." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    July 5, 2012 "'Anyone want to try a piece of my strawberry pie,' the President asked those at adjacent tables during a stop for lunch at Kozy Corners restaurant in Oak Harbor, Ohio. A young boy said yes and came over for a big bite of pie." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    June 28, 2012 "Sonya Hebert made this photograph of the First Lady joining African Methodist Episcopal Church bishops for a group prayer at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn." (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

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    June 28, 2012 "The President prays with a wounded service member and his family during a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. The President likes to make a few trips a year to Walter Reed to visit wounded warriors and their families." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    June 28, 2012 "This was the day that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Health Care Act. Before the President came downstairs from the residence that morning, the split-screen television in the Outer Oval Office was flashing bulletins that the Court had overturned the act. Kathy Ruemmler, the White House counsel, came rushing in and told me and the President's secretary just the opposite. Kathy then departed and a few minutes later the President arrived at the Oval and saw the same inaccurate information on the television. Kathy soon reappeared to tell the President that the Court had indeed upheld the Act, and that the TV reports had it wrong. He then gave her a big hug, as Chief of Staff Jack Lew watched at left." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    June 18, 2012 "We were in Mexico for G20 Summit. While the President was waiting for Russian President Vladimir Putin to arrive for their bilateral meeting, he stepped outside to talk with Chief of Staff Jack Lew." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    June 18, 2012 "The First Lady reacts as she watches Laura Jarrett and Tony Balkissoon take their vows during their wedding at Valerie Jarrett's home in Chicago." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    June 15, 2012 "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." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    June 14, 2012 "We made an OTR (off-the-record, surprise stop) at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland after a campaign event, and the President sat and talked to a young woman before shooting hoops with another group of kids." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    June 13, 2012 "There was still a little light left in the evening sky as the President and First Lady waved goodbye to President Shimon Peres of Israel following a dinner in his honor at the White House." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    May 25, 2012 "The President was welcoming service members and their families to a screening of 'Men in Black 3' in the White House Family Theater. The movie was being presented in 3D, so the President jokingly asked them to try on their 3D glasses while he was speaking to them." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    May 25, 2012 "Luz Graham-Urquilla, 4, watches as the President signs her drawing at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    May 20, 2012 "'How cool is this,' the President said after he threw a football at Soldier Field following the NATO working dinner in Chicago. I think he was especially excited to be on the home turf of his beloved Chicago Bears." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    May 19, 2012 "Following the conclusion of the G8 Summit, the President plays a game of pool in the Holly Cabin at Camp David." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    May 19, 2012 "One of the great things about the G8 Summit being at Camp David was the relaxed and casual atmosphere. When the President decided to have an unscheduled meeting with just the Eurozone leaders, he asked them to step outside on the Laurel Cabin patio where the leaders and their staff all pulled up chairs for the impromptu meeting." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    May 19, 2012 "At Camp David for the G8 Summit, European leaders took a break to watch the overtime shootout of the Chelsea vs. Bayern Munich Champions League final. Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, the President, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, French President François Hollande react during the winning goal." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    May 11, 2012 "After some early morning basketball in Los Angeles, the President talks with the players who included actors Don Cheadle, Tobey Maguire, and George Clooney, along with two of Clooney's long-time friends. Stacy Keibler is also at right." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    May 11, 2012 "Lawrence Jackson made this great photograph of the First Lady touching the Hokie Stone before walking onto the field at Lane Stadium to give the Virginia Tech commencement address in Blacksburg, Va." (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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    May 1, 2012 "For the President, this was one of the most poignant moments of the his first term. He was visiting wounded warriors in the intensive care unit at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. He had just presented a Purple Heart to Sgt. Chase Haag, who had been injured by an IED just hours before. Sgt. Haag was covered with a blanket and it was difficult to see how badly he was injured. He was also seemingly unconscious, or perhaps just asleep. The President whispered in his ear so not to wake him. Just then, there was a rustling under the blanket and Sgt. Haag, eyes still closed, reached his hand out to shake hands with the President. 'I'll never forget that moment,' someone else in the room later told me." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • A Year In The Life of President Obama

    May 1, 2012 "A soldier hugs the President as he greeted U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    May 1, 2012 "In Afghanistan, there was virtually no light inside the helicopter as we flew from Kabul back to Bagram Air Field after the President had met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. (For the photo buffs, this photograph was taken at ISO 6400, 1/5 second at f/1.4.) Flanking the President are General John Allen, Commanding General of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker. Denis McDonough, Deputy National Security Advisor, is at left." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    April 24, 2012 "The President wipes off his trousers after being splattered by frozen yogurt while shaking hands along a ropeline in Boulder, Colo. University of Colorado student Kolbi Zerbest had placed her cup of yogurt on the ground while trying to shake hands with the President, and someone else inadvertently kicked the cup." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    April 24, 2012 "We were backstage at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill for the President's appearance on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.' The President let out a big laugh as he was being briefed by the producers and Mr. Fallon on the 'Slow Jam the News' segment." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • A Year In The Life of President Obama

    "We were doing an event at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. 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 only a few seconds." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    March 30, 2012 "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." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    Feb. 29, 2012 "Sonya Hebert made this amusing photograph of Bo, the Obama family dog, as he was being videotaped for the Easter Egg Roll, in the East Colonnade of the White House." (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

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    Feb. 21, 2012 "Egged on by B.B. King, at right, the President joins in singing 'Sweet Home Chicago' during the 'In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues' concert in the East Room. Participants include, from left: Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews, Jeff Beck, Derek Trucks, B.B. King, and Gary Clark, Jr." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    Feb. 16, 2012 "Chuck Kennedy made this photograph of women reacting in the Red Room after being surprised by First Lady Michelle Obama during their White House tour." (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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    Feb. 7, 2012 "Kids will be kids. After the President had welcomed Lauren Fleming, the March of Dimes national ambassador, and her family in the Oval Office, her brother, Corbin Fleming, started to play with the President's telephone. Fortunately, he wasn't able to get through to a head of state." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    Feb. 1, 2012 "Lawrence Jackson captured this cute photograph of the President holding Arianna Holmes, 3, before taking a departure photo with members of her family in the Oval Office." (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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    Jan. 30, 2012 "This is one of those rare instances where my presence indirectly became a part of this reaction from those pictured in the photograph. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had just accidentally dropped all of her briefing papers onto the Oval Office rug and she, the President and Vice President all reacted in a way that indicated that surely I wouldn't get a photo of that to embarrass her." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    Jan. 25, 2012 "Chuck Kennedy made this amusing photograph of First Lady Michelle Obama participating in a potato sack race with Jimmy Fallon in the East Room of the White House during a “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” taping for the second anniversary of the "Let’s Move!" initiative." (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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    Jan. 24, 2012 "One of the most memorable moments of the year was when the President hugged Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as he walked onto the floor of the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol to deliver his annual State of the Union address." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    Nov. 6, 2012 (Election Day) "David Lienemann captured the Obamas and Bidens following the President’s election night remarks at McCormick Place in Chicago." (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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    Oct. 29, 2012 "In the White House Situation Room, the President receives an update to the ongoing response to Hurricane Sandy during a teleconference with key officials." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    Nov. 15, 2012 "The President had just met with the U.S. Olympics gymnastics team, who because of a previous commitment had missed the ceremony earlier in the year with the entire U.S. Olympic team. The President suggested to McKayla Maroney that they recreate her 'not impressed' photograph before they departed." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    President Barack Obama meets with National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Chief of Staff Jack Lew, and Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough in the Oval Office, Nov. 14, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)