White House's Favorite 2013 Photos

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Born to run

The Obama White House has restricted access to news photographers unlike any other. Here is a look at the favorite images of Pete Souza, the president's official photographer and the only one with behind-the-scenes access. See gallery

Jan. 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."

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Inside the limo

Jan. 2, 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.'"

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Happy Birthday, First Lady

Jan. 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."

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Curiosity in the classroom

Feb. 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."

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All dressed up

Feb. 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."

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Speaking with the Speaker

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."

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Sipping tea

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."

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Holocaust history

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."

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Touring Petra

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."

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Four Presidents

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."

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Surveying the damage

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."

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South Lawn wrap-up

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."

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Eying history

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."

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G8 Summit

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."

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Mandela’s cell

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."

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Dangerously close

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."

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Marine One approach

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."

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Salute

Aug. 22, 2013 - "A man salutes the President as he travels from Seneca Falls to Syracuse, N.Y. during the college affordability bus tour."

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Lincoln’s view

Aug. 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."

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Situation Room

Aug. 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."

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Time to drive

Sept. 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."

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Last-second changes

Sept. 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."

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Bathed in blue

Sept. 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."

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Healthcare meeting

Oct. 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."

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The Resolute Desk

Oct. 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."

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Good morning Bo

Nov. 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."

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Faith leaders

Nov. 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."

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Capturing motion

Nov. 26, 2013 - "After watching a motion capture demonstration at the DreamWorks Animation studio in California, the President tried out the camera himself."

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Birthday surprise

Dec. 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."

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Remembering Mandela

Dec. 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."

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Unpredictable kid

Dec. 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."

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