Barack Obama's year in photos

03:37, Jan 05 2013
Obama's 2012 in pictures
The President being briefed on the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. He later said this was the worst day of his Presidency.
Obama's 2012 in pictures
The Obama family and close friends watching the US president election results at a Chicago hotel.
Obama's 2012 in pictures
The President plays with the young son of a White House aide. Obama said this was his favourite picture of the year.
Obama's 2012 in pictures
A view from behind the President's chair during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room.
Obama's 2012 in pictures
The President and First Lady put on a show for the "kiss cam" at a game between the US Men's Olympic basketball team and Brazil in Washington.
Obama's 2012 in pictures
Waving goodbye to President Shimon Peres of Israel following a dinner in his honour at the White House.
Obama's 2012 in pictures
The President welcoming service members and their families to a screening of Men in Black 3 in the White House Family Theater.
Obama's 2012 in pictures
"How cool is this," the President said after he threw a football at Soldier Field following the NATO working dinner in Chicago.
Obama's 2012 in pictures
At Camp David for the G8 Summit, European leaders took a break to watch the overtime shootout of the Chelsea v Bayern Munich Champions League final.
Obama's 2012 in pictures
Talking after a basketball game with actors Don Cheadle, Tobey Maguire, and George Clooney.
Obama's 2012 in pictures
Shaking hands after presenting a Purple Heart to Chase Haag, at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.
Obama's 2012 in pictures
Backstage at the University of North Carolina or the President's appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Obama's 2012 in pictures
On the famed Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.
Obama's 2012 in pictures
Egged on by BB King (R), the President joins in singing Sweet Home Chicago at a White House event.
Obama's 2012 in pictures
The President talks on the phone with British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Obama's 2012 in pictures
On his annual Christmas holiday in Hawaii.

The White House has released the US President Barack Obama's year in pictures, taken by inhouse photographer Pete Souza.

It includes the moment Obama found out about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December.

Twenty young children and six adults were killed at the small town school when a man went on a rampage, before killing himself.

On the day Obama held an emotional press conference during which broke down several times, saying American's hearts were broken by the tragedy.

Other photos in the collection show the president hanging out with Hollywood stars Tobey Maguire and George Clooney after a basketball game and spending time with his wife Michelle.

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