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“The President was visiting a classroom at Powell Elementary School in Washington, D.C. A young boy was using a stethoscope during the class, and as the President was about to leave the room, the President asked him to check his heartbeat.”

Phoo taken March 4, 2014

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“At the President’s insistence, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes brought his daughter Ella by for a visit. As she was crawling around the Oval Office, the President got down on his hands and knees to look her in the eye.”

Photo taken June 4, 2015

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This is the first time the same child has made two appearances in the Year in Photos. But it was difficult to not include Ella Rhodes, daughter of Deputy of National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, after the president lifted her in her elephantcostume that she was wearing for a Halloween event at the White House.”

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“With the U.S. Marine Band playing the score form the movie ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,’ the President feigns riding a bicycle in the sky as happened in the 1982 movie directed by Stephen Spielberg, who had just been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”

Photo taken Nov. 24, 2015

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“Comedian Jerry Seinfeld knocks on the Oval Office window to begin a segment for his series, ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.'”

Photo taken Dec. 7, 2015


“The President was in the midst of his daily intelligence briefing. An aide popped his head in the door to inform him that the Supreme Court had affirmed the Affordable Care Act subsidies ruling, and with a telephoto lens, I made this sequence of his initial reaction.”

Photo taken June 25, 2015

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“Close-up detail of President Obama’s signature on a bill, and a pen used for the signing, aboard Air Force One on a flight from Buckley Air Force Base, Denver, Col. to Phoenix, Ariz.”

Photo taken Feb. 17, 2009

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