President Barack Obama rides the elevator to the Private Residence of the White House after attending 10 inaugural balls and a long day, including being sworn in as President, Jan. 20, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


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  • emdot PRO 6y

    god we have a handsome president! :)
  • pongky © 6y

    I've seen this one before, it's another famous shot.. keep'em coming pete souza
  • Mr. Chapel 6y

    Great shot!

  • E.C. Nature Photos 6y

    Great light, great composition and framing. Wonderful and evocative photos!
  • kd_rome 6y

    Elegant! Pres. Obama you're the MAN!
  • Samantha 6y

    i love smile.
    awesome photo.
  • kamakazikorean13 6y

    he's smiling cuz he knows hes gettin laid tongiht.
  • Neomoon 6y

    Straight G
  • Faravee Seale 6y

    Lol @ kamakazikorean. Ten (!) inaugural balls????? In one day?Poor chap. No wonder he is smiling, knowing that is over and done with..
  • Arty Farty Show 6y

    The end of a very special day and a lovely photo which says it all. The slightly angled image adds to the sense of elevation, perhaps even transcendence. Great work Pete Souza. Best wishes from Ireland.
  • Jayden Jacek Black 6y

    I love his smile. : )
  • Imagin' 6y

    :) this is funny :) nice!
  • Yonas Hassen PRO 6y

    This is fantastic. You are amazing, Pete Souza.
  • ladywithlongredhair2003 6y

    Congratulations Mr President! Welcome to being our President!
  • aldoneversmiles 6y

    Great shot!
    Great man!
  • Jane 6y

    Yeah, loosen that tight noose to your neck al day. Would you be needing a massueress for the white house, sir? :D I wouldnt mind massaging the stress away. Though you show no sign of stress and taking it all in your stride and quite within your rights to show tiredness and freedom.

    Well done. It was a long day in anyones life.
  • Carotuf 6y

    He was happy because after attending all of the balls, he hit the floor running, his sleeves rolled and ready to work.
  • Arnaldo Alves 6y

    I liked very much. Amused, relaxed...
  • Rob Crissinger 6y

    I think this Administration could very easily make a case for itself as being better communicators than the great Reagan Administration. Wow.
  • J'aime Luis 6y

    about to dipset
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