White House photographer Pete Souza gives us his final year in pictures as he shared his best shots from 2016.
For the eighth and final time, I am presenting my annual Year in Photographs.
All of them were taken either by me or a White House photographer on my staff. For many of the images, I’ve included the backstory behind the image to provide further context or to share why that image was particularly important to me.
As always, the editing for this project is both subjective and personal. Yes, there are some historic moments included but mostly I was looking for behind-the-scenes moments that give people a more personal look at the President and First Lady. And I’ve included a few that I thought were just cool photos.
I hope you enjoy this final Year in Photographs of the Obama administration. It’s been the honor of a lifetime to be a witness to history these past eight years.
— Pete Souza, Chief White House Photographer
Make sure you have a look. Here's my favorite of the year:
This is the Barack Obama I want to remember, a president who inspired generations over his eight years. We will not see his like again in our lifetimes, and America will be a poorer place for it.
And yet that little boy's face is full of hope and joy. That too is what this president gave us, genuine moments of real hope and true joy. We will need those memories as we move ahead in 2017. Perhaps in this child's lifetime we will see someone as great in the White House again. I have to hope we do.
Don't lose that hope.