Jan. 1, 2012 “A nice way to celebrate the New Year for the President was to jump in the ocean in his native state of Hawaii. He was on his annual Christmas vacation with family and friends, and went swimming at Pyramid Rock Beach in Kaneohe Bay.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Jan. 25, 2012 “Chuck Kennedy made this amusing photograph of First Lady Michelle Obama participating in a potato sack race with Jimmy Fallon in the East Room of the White House during a “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” taping for the second anniversary of the “Let’s Move!” initiative.” (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
Feb. 1, 2012 “Lawrence Jackson captured this cute photograph of the President holding Arianna Holmes, 3, before taking a departure photo with members of her family in the Oval Office.” (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
May 1, 2012 “A soldier hugs the President as he greeted U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
May 11, 2012 “After some early morning basketball in Los Angeles, the President talks with the players who included actors Don Cheadle, Tobey Maguire, and George Clooney, along with two of Clooney’s long-time friends. Stacy Keibler is also at right.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
June 18, 2012 “The First Lady reacts as she watches Laura Jarrett and Tony Balkissoon take their vows during their wedding at Valerie Jarrett’s home in Chicago.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
July 16, 2012 “The President and First Lady were attending the game between the U.S. Men’s Olympic basketball team and Brazil in Washington, D.C. During the first half, the jumbotron flashed couples on their ‘Kiss Cam’, where they are then induced by the crowd to kiss each other. But neither the President or First Lady saw themselves when they were flashed on the ‘Kiss Cam’, and some in the audience booed when they didn’t kiss. At halftime, as we walked to the locker room to visit the U.S. team, daughters Malia and Sasha were asking their parents why they hadn’t kissed during their ‘Kiss Cam’ moment. Both the President and First Lady said they hadn’t even realized what had happened and didn’t know why people were booing. So in the second half, when they appeared again on the ‘Kiss Cam’, the President leaned over to kiss the First Lady amidst audience cheers as Malia and the Vice President watched overhead on the jumbotron.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Sept. 6, 2012 “While the President was waiting anxiously backstage before his speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., daughters Malia and Sasha came in to wish him well.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Oct. 26, 2012 “The President pretends to be caught in Spider-Man’s web as he greets Nicholas Tamarin, 3, just outside the Oval Office. Spider-Man had been trick-or-treating for an early Halloween with his father, White House aide Nate Tamarin in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. I can never commit to calling any picture my favorite, but the President told me that this was HIS favorite picture of the year when he saw it hanging in the West Wing a couple of weeks later.”
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Oct. 31, 2012 “The President and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talk with local residents affected by Hurricane Sandy at the Brigantine Beach Community Center in Brigantine, N.J.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Nov. 15, 2012 “The President had just met with the U.S. Olympics gymnastics team, who because of a previous commitment had missed the ceremony earlier in the year with the entire U.S. Olympic team. The President suggested to McKayla Maroney that they recreate her ‘not impressed’ photograph before they departed.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Dec. 14, 2012 “The President reacts as John Brennan briefs him on the details of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The President later said during a TV interview that this was the worst day of his Presidency.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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2012 was an eventful year for President Barack Obama.
White House photographer Pete Souza posted a “Year in Photographs 2012” of President Obama’s most memorable moments on the White House Flickr, from the cute snapshots of the president on vacation and posing with U.S. Olympians, to the emotional photos after superstorm Sandy and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT.
Click through the slideshow to see some of the stand-out moments for the president in 2012.
Visit The White House Flickr to view all 84 photos.
Follow Carrie Healey on Twitter @CarrieHeals.