4 photos from Obama’s final White House photoseries will break what’s left of your heart

Pete Souza

President Barack Obama's time in the White House is coming to an end, and so too is White House photographer Pete Souza's annual round-up of his favorite photos of the president and first family. 

Each year, Souza — who is constantly by Obama's side chronicling his presidency in photos — releases a list of his favorite shots of the year. The photos often reveal private moments the American public isn't around to see. 

Arguably the best are the ones of Obama interacting with children, which the president has become known for during his time in the White House.  

In one, Obama is seen playing around with White House Communications Director Jen Psaki's daughter, Vivi, on the floor of the Oval Office.

Obama gets on the same level as Communication Director Jen Psaki's daughter, Vivi, in the Oval Office.Source: Pete Souza/Official White House photo
Obama gets on the same level as Communication Director Jen Psaki's daughter, Vivi, in the Oval Office.  Pete Souza/Official White House photo

In another, Obama jokingly poses for a photo with the granddaughter of his former adviser, David Axelrod.

Obama jokes around with former adviser David Axelrod's granddaughter, Maelin, in the Oval Office.Source: Pete Souza/Official White House photo
Obama jokes around with former adviser David Axelrod's granddaughter, Maelin, in the Oval Office.  Pete Souza/Official White House photo

The photo of Obama flexing his muscles with White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest's son — who was dressed in a Super Man costume for the White House's annual Halloween trick-or-treat — also made Souza's list of his favorite shots of the year. 

Obama flexes his muscles with Walker Earnest, son of White House press secretary Josh Earnest, before welcoming trick-or-treaters to the White House on Halloween.Source: Pete Souza/Official White House photo
Obama flexes his muscles with Walker Earnest, son of White House press secretary Josh Earnest, before welcoming trick-or-treaters to the White House on Halloween.  Pete Souza/Official White House photo

As did a private moment with Prince George Souza captured during the president's visit to the U.K. back in April.

Obama greets Prince George as his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, look on.Source: Pete Souza/Official White House photo
Obama greets Prince George as his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, look on.  Pete Souza/Official White House photo

A full list of Souza's favorite photos can be found here.