8 Touching Photos That Will Help You Celebrate Obama's Birthday

Photo: Courtesy of Pete Souza.
Update: Today is President Obama's 55th birthday. Ahead, a look at some of the most iconic photos from his presidency.

This story was originally published on July, 24, 2016.


Obama has been president for almost eight years and having him in the White House has characterized many of our adulthoods. During his term, we got to see significant political reforms, hear inspiring speeches about social justice, and, of course, watch the Obamas dance.

These moments don't have to leave our memories as Obama leaves the White House. Many have been captured by the White House's official photographer, Pete Souza.

Souza has been photographing Obama since 2005 and has taken nearly two million photos, he told the BBC. "You need to show him in all aspects of his life," he said.

Accordingly, he's captured the POTUS doing everything from shopping for fruit to meeting the Pope. The White House's Flickr page paints an image of a president and first lady that have taken their jobs seriously, but also brought us happiness in the process.

Here are eight photos — one for each year Obama served as President — that we can look back on to remember these pivotal years in the country's history and many of our own lives.
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Photo: Courtesy of Pete Souza.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wear 3-D glasses while watching a TV commercial during Super Bowl 43, Arizona Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, in the family theater of the White House on Feb. 1, 2009. Guests included family, friends, Cabinet members, staff members, and bipartisan members of Congress.
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Photo: Courtesy of Pete Souza.
President Barack Obama attempts to block a shot by personal aide Reggie Love during a basketball game at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. , Sunday, May 16, 2010. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, left, watches the play.
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Photo: Courtesy of Pete Souza.
President Barack Obama greets Hugh Hills, 85, in front of his home in Joplin, MO, May 29, 2011. Hills hid in a closet during a tornado which destroyed the second floor and half the first floor of his house.
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Photo: Courtesy of Pete Souza.
President Barack Obama greets U.S. troops following his remarks at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, May 1, 2012.
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Photo: Courtesy of Pete Souza.
President Barack Obama visits a pre-kindergarten classroom at Moravia Park Elementary School in Baltimore, MD, May 17, 2013.
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Photo: Courtesy of Pete Souza.
President Barack Obama participates in an interview with Zach Galifianakis for Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2014.
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Photo: Courtesy of Pete Souza.
The Obama and Biden families greet Pope Francis as he arrives in the United States for the first time at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
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Photo: Courtesy of Pete Souza.
President Barack Obama, with first lady Michelle Obama, reacts to getting beat at rock, paper, scissors during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event at Leckie Elementary School in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 18, 2016.
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