Here Are Our All Time Favorite Photos Of President Obama By White House Photographer Pete Souza

It's been a rough start to the week and for many of us, the search for hope, joy and comfort is as essential to us as water. Now more than ever, we realize the end of an era is near, that the man we elected twice to lead us towards a better world will be leaving the White House in two months. Lucky for us, President Obama didn't go anywhere without his trusted photographer Pete Souza, who over eight years captured magical moments of the president and his family that reminded us of how human and loving he is and how engaged he has been with the people who elected him. We will forever be grateful for his honorable sacrifice of service to his country, people and the world. 

 

Check out some of Souza's best Obama photos below.

Natasha Hatendi Nov, 15, 2016

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The President's wave aligns with a rainbow as he boards Air Force One at Norman Manley International Airport prior to departure from Kingston, Jamaica.

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The First Family joined others in beginning the walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge

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The President and First Lady holding hands as they listened to the remarks of Rep. John Lewis.

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The President greeting children at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya

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at the Community Children's Center–one of the nation's oldest Head Start providers. The President sat next to Akira Cooper, right, and reacted to something she said to him.

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The President was about to sign H.R. 2 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 in the Rose Garden of the White House

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The Obama family and Biden family greet Pope Francis as he arrives in the United States for the first time at Joint Base Andrews.

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The President walking along the Colonnade interacting with His Holiness Pope Francis.

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The President exchanges a wave with Alya Dorelien Bitar, one-year-old daughter of Maher Bitar, the outgoing National Security Council Director for Israeli and Palestinian Affairs, and his wife, Astrid Dorelien

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The President greets nine-month-old Josephine Gronniger

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Four-year-old Malik Hall greets the President, almost in disbelief, before a departure photo with Malik's uncle Maurice Owens, center, and his family.

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The President talks with a young refugee at a Dignity for Children Foundation classroom in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She was working on a painting.

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The First Lady snuggled against the President during a video taping for the 2015 World Expo in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House.

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The President carries the twin boys of Katie Beirne Fallon, Director of Legislative Affairs, into the Oval Office just a few months after they were born.

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The President acquiesced to a selfie with 11-year-old Jacob Haynes and four-year-old James Haynes after taking a family photograph with departing White House staffer Heather Foster.

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It was a festive atmosphere as the White House was lit with the colors of the rainbow in celebration of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage

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Ella Rhodes, daughter of Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, after the President lifted her in her elephant costume that she was wearing for a Halloween event at the White House.

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The President's daughter Malia stopped by the Oval Office one afternoon to see her dad and, while they were talking, she wiped something from his face.

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On his birthday, the President listens to a prayer during a phone call with pastors.

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Underneath a picturesque sky, the President boards Air Force One prior to departure from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

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A rare moment of weekend laughter with the President's key national security aides, from left, National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco, and Deputy National Security Avril Haines as they joke about a cartoon in the Ne

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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.

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The President hugs Vice President Joe Biden after delivering a eulogy during the funeral mass for Beau Biden at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Wilmington, Del.

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The President joins locals during a cultural dance performance at Dillingham Middle School in Dillingham, Alaska.

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The President talks with students and law enforcement officials about community relations and programs that build trust between youth and the police in Camden, N.J.

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the First Family as they boarded Air Force One at Maxwell Air Force Base following the events in Selma. If you look closely, you can see that the President is whistling as he follows the First Lady, Marian Robinson, and Malia on the stairs.

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The President had hosted a summit meeting at Camp David with the Gulf Cooperation Council. The President greets Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers’ Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman.

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With a Russian security guard at left, the President meets with President Putin of Russia on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey. National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice and a Russian interpreter sit alongside the two leaders.