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Looking back: White House official photographer's favourite shots of Barack Obama

It's happening. Barack Obama is leaving the building.

With a farewell speech as memorable as the first he delivered, Obama urged the people of America to take the baton. Obama's optimistic slogan 'Yes We Can' was altered to fit in a new reality -- 'Yes We Did'.

After two tenures, the 44th President of the United States will serve his last day in office on 20 January, 2017, passing on the reins to President-elect Donald Trump.

While the world is still in shock over Trump's win, it seems even more disconcerting that he is taking over from Barack Obama, a man that the world quickly fell in love with. His heartfelt speeches, infectious smile, perfect family and ability to connect with people, especially at times of crisis, make him one of the most beloved presidents of America.

Obama, America's uber cool president for the social media age, has had a rollercoaster eight years in the Oval Office. From conducting the operation that killed the world's most-wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden, to finally passing his signature healthcare reform ObamaCare, to the contentious Iran deal and rebuilding relations with Cuba, Obama's time in office has been historic.

Some of these historic, as well as those not so historic, moments were captured by the White House's official photographer Pete Souza. Souza has clicked almost 2 million photographers of the president in the last eight years.

From his serious expression during the Osama bin Laden strike to his jovial demeanour around children and his intimate moments with wife Michelle and daughters, Malia and Sasha, here are Pete Souza's favourite images, something to remember the White House favourites by.

To check out more of Pete Souza's favourite images, click here.

 
Priyata Brajabasi @PriyataB

Priyata thinks in words and delivers in pictures. The marriage of the two, she believes, is of utmost importance. Priyata joined the Catch team after working at Barcroft Media as a picture desk editor. Prior to that she was on the Output Desk of N...

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