Best Photos of 2015 from the White House

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Inside the White House: Obama’s photographers get up close and personal On the eve of New Year’s Eve, chief official White House photographer Pete Souza posted his favorite staff images of 2015 to the website Medium. There was his boss, President Barack Obama, with everyone from world leaders to tiny babies. There was Michelle Obama, sharing (semi) private moments with her husband. And there was the Situation Room, where some of the most important decisions of Obama’s career were — and are — made. Souza narrowed down the thousands of photographs taken in 2015 to his favorite 111. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza, David Lienemann, Amanda Lucidon, Chuck Kennedy, David Lienemann 2

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Jan. 22, 2015 Lawrence, Kan. at the Community Children’s Center–one of the nation’s oldest Head Start providers. 3

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Feb. 8, 2015 in Dachau, Germany, Vice President’s and his granddaughter Finnegan Biden touring the Max Mannheimer, a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor. 4

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Jan. 20, 2015 Recently released from prison in Cuba, Alan Gross pumps his fist in the air from First Lady Michelle Obama’s box after President Obama acknowledged him at the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol. 5

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Feb. 23, 2015 The President’s daughter Malia, she wiped something from his face. 6

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Feb. 27, 2015 former NBA player Shaquille O'Neal is a big guy. he stopped by the Oval Office for a quick visit. 7

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Feb. 27, 2015 this scene at dusk as the President entered the Outer Oval Office with Shaun Donovan. 8

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March 7, 2015 the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches. the President and First Lady holding hands. 9

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March 7, 2015 the First Family joined others in beginning the walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. 10

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March 7, 2015 boarded Air Force One at Maxwell Air Force Base following the events in Selma. the President is whistling as he follows the First Lady, Marian Robinson, and Malia on the stairs. whistling 11

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March 10, 2015 at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, he took a few minutes to try and drain some three-point shots. 12

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March 13, 2015 visiting Phoenix, the President made a side trip to visit Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, a wounded warrior,he had been injured in Afghanistan. 13

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March 19, 2015 it was an interesting juxtaposition focused on the feet as the President sat on the Resolute Desk during a casual meeting. 14

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March 20, 2015 at the Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. 15

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March 24, 2015 the President concluded a joint press conference with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan in the East Room of the White House . 16

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March 27, 2015 The First Lady snuggled against the President during a video taping for the 2015 World Expo in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. 17

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March 31, 2015 Conducted secure video conferences from the Situation Room while the negotiators were on the ground in Switzerland. 18

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April 9, 2015 The President’s wave aligns with a rainbow as he boards Air Force One at Norman Manley International Airport prior to departure from Kingston, Jamaica. 19

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April 10, 2015 visited the control tower at the Panama Canal Miraflores Locks in Ancon, the President as he walked back across a lock. 20

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April 11, 2015 the President and Cuban President Raul Castro during the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama. 21

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April 14, 2015 The Queen of Soul?—?Aretha Franklin?—?was waiting for her cue during ‘The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House’ 22

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April 16, 2015 The President was about to sign H.R. 2 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 in the Rose Garden of the White House. 23

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April 17, 2015 Director of Oval Office Operations, and Personal Aide Ferial Govashiri in helping to spruce him up. 24

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April 27, 2015 the Lincoln Memorial ahead of the President and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan to capture this scene of the two looking towards the Washington Monument. 25

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April 29, 2015 An amusing moment as the President made a last minute plea with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., following their meeting at the White House. 26

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April 29, 2015 Visiting wounded warriors at Walter Reed, the President signed a patient’s military banner at his request. 27

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April 30, 2015 The President has some last words with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, following a signing ceremony for S.535, Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015. 28

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May 12, 2015 The First Lady demonstrates her boxing skills during a #GimmeFive video taping. 29

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May 14, 2015 The President had hosted a summit meeting at Camp David with the Gulf Cooperation Council. 30

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May 18, 2015 The President talks with students and law enforcement officials about community relations and programs that build trust between youth and the police in Camden, N.J. 31

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May 18, 2015 After returning on Marine One, the President walks from the helicopter to the Oval Office holding an umbrella. 32

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May 18, 2015 Show the Jeremy dance, during a farewell ceremony for Jeremy in the State Dining Room of the White House. 33

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May 22, 2015 Great timing! Blue Angels flyover as the Vice President and other officials applauded during the commencement ceremonies at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. 34

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May 29, 2015 Beekeeper Charlie Brandts works with the beehive on the South Grounds of the White House. 35

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June 4, 2015 At the President’s insistence, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes brought his daughter Ella by for a visit. 36

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June 6, 2015 The President hugs Vice President Joe Biden after delivering a eulogy during the funeral mass for Beau Biden at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Wilmington, Del. 37

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June 8, 2015 At the G7 Summit in Krun, Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel asked the leaders and outreach guests to make their way to a bench for a group photograph. The President happened to sit down first. ....like a couple of frames. 38

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June 9, 2015 The President helped some of the participants move a sofa back in place in the Oval Office. 39

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June 11, 2015 The annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park, photo for posterity. 40

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June 12, 2015 To discuss the upcoming vote on fast-track Trade Promotion Authority, the President took his case directly to the House Democratic Caucus at the U.S. Capitol. 41

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June 15, 2015 Here the President is reflected in the mirror as he talks with Amy Rosenbaum, Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, and the Vice President in the Outer Oval Office. 42

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June 17, 2015 The President carries the twin boys of Katie Beirne Fallon, Director of Legislative Affairs, into the Oval Office just a few months after they were born. 43

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June 18, 2015 The First Lady and First Lady Agnese Landini of Italy tour the Mirror Room in the Italian Pavilion at the World Expo in Milan, Italy. 44

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June 23, 2015 The President checks out a thunderstorm brewing outside. 45

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June 25, 2015 An aide popped his head in the door to inform him that the Supreme Court has affirmed the Affordable Care Act subsidies ruling, this sequence of his initial reaction. 46

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June 26, 2015 This scene as White House staff listened from the White House Colonnade as the President delivered a statement regarding the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. 47

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June 26, 2015 Following the mass shooting at a church in Charleston, S.C., that claimed nine lives, the President pauses while giving the eulogy at the funeral of one of the victims. 48

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June 26, 2015 It was a festive atmosphere as the White House was lit with the colors of the rainbow in celebration of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. 49

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June 30, 2015 Girl Scouts participate in the White House Campout, part of the ‘Let’s Move! Outside’ initiative on the South Lawn of the White House. 50

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July 1, 2015 The President finished shaking hands with supporters during a downpour at Nashville International Airport in Nashville, Tenn. 51

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July 2, 2015 Audience members standing on treadmills as they listened to the President make remarks at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse. 52

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July 5, 2015 The Vice President leads the cheers for the U.S. Women’s soccer team after they scored their first goal in the Women’s World Cup final in Vancouver, Canada. 53

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July 6, 2015 The President meets at the Pentagon with senior Defense Department, national security advisors and military leadership regarding the campaign against ISIS. 54

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July 7, 2015 Members of the Senate Democratic Caucus applaud the Vice President after the President acknowledged their partnership during a meeting and reception in the State Dining Room. 55

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July 10, 2015 Guests line up in the State Dining Room to have their picture taken with the First Lady prior to the Kids’ State Dinner. 56

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July 13, 2015 The President and his national security staff are all smiles shortly after being notified of the nuclear agreement with Iran. 57

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July 16, 2015 In July the President became the first sitting President to visit a federal prison. 58

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July 17, 2015 The President greets nine-month-old Josephine Gronniger, whose father, Tim Gronniger, brought his family by the Oval Office for a family photo. 59

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July 17, 2015 While visiting the Whitney Museum in New York City, the President hugged his daughter Malia as they looked at the art work. 60

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July 18, 2015 The President greets the cast and crew of ‘Hamilton’ after seeing the play with his daughters at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City. 61

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July 20, 2015 There’s almost always a cloak and dagger routine in trying to surprise senior staff aides on their birthday. 62

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July 20, 2015 During photo lines, there’s this routine called ‘push and pull.’ One social aide helps push the next guest towards the President and another helps pull them out of the room. 63

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July 21, 2015 Underneath a picturesque sky, the President boards Air Force One prior to departure from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. 64

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July 25, 2015 The individual faces in this photograph of the President greeting children at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. 65

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July 26, 2015 Secret Service agents had to keep the crowd from pushing forward as the President greeted audience members after his speech at the Safaricom Indoor Arena in Nairobi, Kenya. 66

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July 29, 2015 There are formal meetings listed on the President’s schedule. Here the President has an unscheduled meeting. 67

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August 4, 2015 On his birthday, the President listens to a prayer during a phone call with pastors. 68

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August 4, 2015 The President reacts to a comment during a meeting in the Cabinet Room with American Jewish community leaders to discuss the Iran nuclear agreement. 69

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August 27, 2015 Nice pajamas! The President greets residents in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans. 70

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Sept. 1, 2015 The President tours Kenai Fjords National Park by boat. 71

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Sept. 2, 2015 ’He was just excited to see you,’ one of the salmon fisherwoman exclaimed after a salmon spawned on the President’s feet at Kanakanak Beach in Bristol Bay, Alaska. 72

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Sept. 2, 2015 The President joins locals during a cultural dance performance at Dillingham Middle School in Dillingham, Alaska. 73

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Sept. 4, 2015 Four-year-old Malik Hall greets the President, almost in disbelief, before a departure photo with Malik’s uncle Maurice Owens, center, and his family. 74

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Sept. 11, 2015 The President and First Lady walk back towards the south entrance of the White House following a moment of silence with White House staff for the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 75

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Sept. 18, 2015 This has to be the suit of the year. Matthew Lesko met the President before having a family photo taken with his son, Max Lesko, who was departing the White House after working in the Counsel Office. 76

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Sept. 21, 2015 The President exchanges a wave with Alya Dorelien Bitar, one-year-old daughter of Maher Bitar, the outgoing National Security Council Director for Israeli and Palestinian Affairs, and his wife, Astrid Dorelien, during a family photo in the Oval Office. 77

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Sept. 22, 2015 The Obama family and Biden family greet Pope Francis as he arrives in the United States for the first time at Joint Base Andrews. 78

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Sept. 22, 2015 Following their brief meeting with Pope Francis at Joint Base Andrews, the President and First Lady wave as the Pope drives away in a small Fiat. 79

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Sept. 23, 2015 The President and First Lady escorted Pope Francis back inside the White House following the State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn. 80

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Sept. 23, 2015 The President and Pope Francis,they walked along the Colonnade. 81

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Sept. 24, 2015 His Holiness Pope Francis, with the Vice President ,Joint Session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol. 82

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Sept. 25, 2015 Before the formal State Dinner, the President showed President Xi and Madame Peng the Gettysburg Address in the Lincoln Bedroom. 83

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Sept. 28, 2015 The President had a pull-aside conversation with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine prior to the Leaders Summit on Peacekeeping at the United Nations in New York City. 84

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Sept. 29, 2015 The President asked everyone to leave the room so he could have a private conversation with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi following the Leaders Summit on Countering ISIL and Countering Violent Extremism at the United Nations. 85

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Oct. 1, 2015 Focused on the detail of the Resolute Desk as the President was talking with two aides in the Oval Office. 86

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Oct. 4, 2015 The President greets families of firefighters during the reading of names at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. 87

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Oct. 11, 2015 The President was playing golf at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, Calif. wedding ,The bride and groom , their way outside. 88

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Oct. 15, 2015 Member of the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club,Green Room of the White House. 89

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Oct. 16, 2015 The sun illuminated the President as he spoke on the telephone with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. 90

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Oct. 21, 2015 When Vice President Biden decided not to run for President, he asked to make the announcement in the Rose Garden. 91

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Oct. 23, 2015 Afternoon autumn light bathes the President as he works at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. 92

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Oct. 26, 2015 Knock on wood–the Resolute Desk–in hopes that the budget would pass through Congress. 93

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Oct. 27, 2015 Selfie in the East Room with the United States Women’s National Soccer Team celebrating their victory in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. 94

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Oct. 30, 2015 Daughter of Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes. The same child has made two appearances in the Year in Photos. 95

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Oct. 30, 2015 The President and First Lady as they welcomed children during a Halloween event on the South Lawn of the White House. 96

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Nov. 2, 2105 At dusk, the President boards Marine One at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. 97

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Nov. 3, 2015 The President high-fives Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., in the Oval Office. 98

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Nov. 15, 2015 The President meets with President Putin of Russia on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey. 99

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Nov. 17, 2015 The President talks with Captain Vince Sibala during a tour of the BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15) in Manila Harbor, Philippines. 100

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Nov. 17, 2015 With Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia as they concluded their meeting in Manila. 101

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Nov. 19, 2015 The President watches the sun set over Manila Bay from his hotel balcony in Manila. 102

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Nov. 21, 2015 The President talks with a young refugee at a Dignity for Children Foundation classroom in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 103

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Nov. 24, 2015 With the U.S. Marine Band playing the score from the movie, ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,’ the President feigns riding a bicycle in the sky. 104

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Nov. 25, 2015 The President and his daughters Sasha and Malia participate in the annual National Thanksgiving Turkey pardon ceremony in the Rose Garden. 105

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Nov. 30, 2015 The President, with French President Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, midnight at the memorial in front of le Bataclan, the site of a Paris terrorist attack. 106

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Dec. 3, 2015 Following a meeting to discuss the latest information on the mass shootings in San Bernardino, Calif., the President has some last words. 107

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Dec. 4, 2015 The President snuggles with his niece Savita Ng after his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, and her family dropped by the Oval Office. 108

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Dec. 4, 2015 The President acquiesced to a selfie with 11-year-old Jacob Haynes and four-year-old James Haynes after taking a family photograph with departing White House staffer Heather Foster. 109

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Dec. 5, 2015 A rare moment of weekend laughter with the President’s key national security aides,as they joke about a cartoon in the New Yorker that resembled the three women. 110

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Dec. 6, 2015 The President addressed the nation on the mass shootings in San Bernardino and defeating terrorism. 111

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Dec. 7, 2015 Comedian Jerry Seinfeld knocks on the Oval Office window to begin a segment for his series, ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. 112

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Dec. 22, 2015 The President has hiked the grueling Koko Head Crater Trail,the trail is 1,048 wooden steps, which climb more than 1,200 feet up the crater’s ridge. Some call it the ‘Stairmaster from Hell. January 1, 2016 ??? Kaohsiung Taiwan R.O.C All photos were taken from The White House. THE END 113