When official White House photographer Pete Souza releases official White House photos, the Internet stops to take a peek. Remember President Obama and Young Spider-Man? Obama and McKayla Maroney being so not impressed? Obama and Mitt Romney, post-turkey chili?
Souza’s Best of 2012 retrospective is out, and the results are tremendous. Politics, for the most part, is all about messaging, and Souza might be the best weapon in the Obama administration’s arsenal. The photog’s pics lend themselves to all kinds of awesome captions — go for it below.
“This is one of those rare instances where my presence indirectly became a part of this reaction from those pictured in the photograph. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had just accidentally dropped all of her briefing papers onto the Oval Office rug and she, the President and Vice President all reacted in a way that indicated that surely I wouldn’t get a photo of that to embarrass her.”
“Sonya Hebert captured this amusing moment as U.S. Olympic wrestler Elena Pirozhkova literally picked up the First Lady during a greet with Team USA Olympic athletes competing in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.”
“We had just watched the movie ‘Lincoln’ in the White House theatre with the director, screenwriter and many of the actors attending. Later, the President invited Daniel Day-Lewis upstairs to see the Lincoln Bedroom in the private residence. Here is Day-Lewis, who had just come to life as Abraham Lincoln, viewing the Gettysburg Address.”
Click this pic collage to see Souza’s best 2012 handiwork: