Obama – TIME’s 2012 Person of the Year

  • 01-p091412ps-1249 President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton attend the dignified transfer at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Sept. 14, 2012, of J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Ambassador to Libya
  • 02-p102612ps-0477 President Barack Obama pretends to be caught in Spider-Man's web as he greets the son of a White House staffer in the Outer Oval Office, Oct. 26, 2012.
  • 04-p110612ps-0806 President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama embrace after watching CNN project the outcome of the election, at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park in Chicago, Ill., Nov. 6, 2012.
  • 05-p110612ps-0952 President Barack Obama reviews his election speech with Jon Favreau, Director of Speechwriting, and David Axelrod in the Presidential Suite at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park in Chicago, Ill., Nov. 6, 2012.
  • 09-p112912ps-0444 “There is closure in this photograph. I suspect that neither man really wanted to have lunch with the other, but they both knew the importance for the American people in seeing them do so.”“There is closure in this photograph. I suspect that neither man really wanted to have lunch with the other, but they both knew the importance for the American people in seeing them do so.”
  • 87_p091111ck-0217 The President and First Lady, along with former President George W. Bush, former First Lady Laura Bush, pause for a moment of silence at the edge of the North Pool prior to a commemoration ceremony on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks against the United States, at the National September 11 Memorial, World Trade Center site, New York, N.Y., Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Photo by Chuck Kennedy/The White House President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, along with former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, pause at the North Memorial Pool of the National September 11 Memorial in New York, N.Y., on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks against the United States, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. The North Memorial pool sits in the footprint of the north tower, formerly 1 World Trade Center. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) Sept. 11, 2011 "Chuck Kennedy captured this scene with a remote camera as the President and First Lady, along with former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, paused at the North Memorial Pool of the National September 11 Memorial in New York City. The North Memorial pool sits in the footprint of the north tower, formerly 1 World Trade Center." (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
  • p012412ps-0426 President Barack Obama greets then Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., as he arrives to deliver the State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 24, 2012. Photo by Pete Souza/The White House
  • p033012ps-0796 President Obama enters the White House at the South Portico following his arrival aboard Marine on the South Lawn, March 30, 2012. The President returned from a trip to Vermont and Maine. Photo by Pete Souza/The White House
  • p050112ps-0533 President Obama greets U.S. troops following his remarks during an unannounced trip to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, May 1, 2012. The President made three trips around the ropeline to try and shake every hand. Photo by Pete Souza/The White House
  • p050112ps-0890 "This was one of the most poignant moments of the President's first term. He was visited wounded warriors in the intensive care unit ICU at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, May 1, 2012. He had just presented a Purple Heart to Sgt. Chase Haag, who had been injured by an IED just hours before. Sgt. Haag was covered with a blanket and it was difficult to see how badly he was injured. He was also seemingly unconscious so the President whispered in his ear so not to wake him. Just then, there was a rustling under the blanket and Sgt. Haag, eyes still closed, reached his hand out to shake hands with the President." Photo by Pete Souza/The White House
  • p051912ps-1135 President Obama meets with Eurozone leaders on the Laurel Cabin patio during the G8 Summit at Camp David, Md., May 19, 2012. Photo by Pete Souza/The White House
  • p062812ps-0018 "This was the day that the U.S. Supreme Court was to rule on the Affordable Health Care Act, June 28, 2012. Before the President came down from the residence that morning, the split-screen television in the Outer Oval was flashing bulletins that the Court had overturned the act. Kathy Ruemmler, counsel to the President, came rushing in and told me and the President's secretary just the opposite. Kathy then left and a few minutes later, the President came to the Oval, saw the same bulletins on the TV; but Kathy soon reappeared to tell the President that the Court had indeed upheld the Act, and that the TV reporters were wrong. He then gave her a big hug, as Chief of Staff Jack Lew watched at left. " Photo by Pete Souza/The White House
  • p070512ps-0627 President Obama shares a piece of strawberry pie with a young patron at Kozy Corners, a local diner in Oak Harbor, Ohio, July 5, 2012. Photo by Pete Souza/The White House
  • p072612ps-0919 A view from behind of the President as he holds a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, July 26, 2012. Photo by Pete Souza/The White House
  • p090712ps-0484 President Obama and Vice President Biden share a laugh before an event at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H., Sept. 7, 2012. Photo by Pete Souza/The White House
  • 03-p103112ps-1368 President Barack Obama talks with Donna Vanzant, owner of the North Point Marina in Brigantine, New Jersey, Oct. 31, 2012. The President was surveying damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Time magazine recently announced President Obama as their 2012 Person of the Year. We put together a gallery of photos of key moments in his 2012 year as seen through the eyes of his official photographer, Pete Souza.

Obama is the first Democratic President since FDR to win more than 50% of the vote in consecutive elections and the first President since 1940 to win re-election with an unemployment rate north of 7.5%.

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