Photo Of The Year: April

(1) President Obama poses with Usain Bolt backstage following a “Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative” town hall at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica (Photo by Pete Souza)

(2) President Obama’s wave aligns with a rainbow as he boards Air Force One at Norman Manley International Airport prior to departure from Kingston, Jamaica (Photo by Pete Souza)

(3) President Barack Obama delivers remarks with the help of Luther, his anger translator (Keegan-Michael Key) during the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

(4) President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for photos at the Instagram #GimmeFive photo booth in the East Room of the White House during the annual Easter Egg Roll (Photo by Pete Souza)

(5) President Obama gets a tour of the Bob Marley Museum from staff member Natasha Clark in Kingston, Jamaica (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

(6) First Lady Michelle Obama reaches out to hug a child attending the annual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” event in the East Room of the White House (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

(7) President Obama shakes hands with Cuba’s President Raul Castro at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City – it was the first face-to-face discussion between the leaders of the two countries in a half-century (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

(8) President Obama greets children following the eighth annual Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride on the South Lawn of the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)

(9) President Obama, in the Rose Garden, signing the so-called doc-fix bill, which permanently ended automatic Medicare payment cuts to doctors (Photo by Zach Gibson/The New York Times)

(10) President Obama holds a baby during a U.S. Embassy meet and greet in Kingston, Jamaica (Photo by Pete Souza)


112 Responses to “Photo Of The Year: April”

  1. December 22, 2015 at 5:12 pm

  2. 20 CEB
    December 22, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    I voted for #7 because of the huge historical importance of the moment and what it means for the future, as well as for the fact that it shows how focused, goal oriented and successful our president is in bringing about change in areas most thought impossible.

  3. 31 Dudette
    December 22, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Agonizingly hard to pick a favorite picture. Do you go with historic significance or fun? Arrrgh!

  4. 37 99ts
    December 22, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    No 7 – proving yet again that the GOP, not the President, has caused all the problems in Congress/DC/the US

  5. 38 donna dem 4 obama
    December 22, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Babies know the real deal when they see it so I have to go with #10

  6. 39 donna dem 4 obama
    December 22, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    I just saw a petition on Facebook to replace DWS as DNC Chair with VP Joe. hehehe 😉

  7. 43 Dudette
    December 22, 2015 at 5:57 pm

  8. December 22, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    I voted! 🙂 Very difficult choices….

  9. December 22, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    I’m sorry, this is just really stupid and offensive:

    • December 22, 2015 at 6:04 pm

        • December 22, 2015 at 7:21 pm

          I’ve never said I’m not voting for HRC. But that doesn’t mean that I’m not allowed to take exception to her tactics. She’s a very wealthy white woman of privilege. I don’t see her as being just like a Latina grandmother.

        • December 22, 2015 at 7:23 pm

          BTW, this was a page taken from her website, not something anybody else made up.

          • 50 idon
            December 22, 2015 at 8:31 pm

            I think people need to say what they need to say but yeah we’re voting for you because she is the DEM most likely to win the general when you take Vice President Joe Biden out of the mix. Hell I want 8 more years of Obama/Biden but I can’t get that and it really hurts and I’m afraid most of the time of what will become of our country when both men become just regular citizens. Well they won’t be regular citizens like me and you because they will have an extensive SS detail. I know I’m beginning the mourning process because while I will follow my President into his post-presidency, it’s going to be hard not having Pete Souza there everyday documenting his greatness, his awesomeness. Once we vote for HRC, we’ll pretend she doesn’t exist. I want us to win back the Senate and the House and with her at the top of the ticket, we get a lot of what we want down ticket. Once we’re done with the Clintons, I hope to get my presidential joy back by electing Sec. Julian Castro or his brother Congressman Joaquin Castro to the US Senate seat for Texas. Whichever one wins, I want them as my president in 2020 or 2024. Maybe Clinton will serve only one term. I really consider her a placeholder for the Castro brothers.

            • 51 idon
              December 22, 2015 at 8:32 pm

              LOL! I wish I could vote for you. But I meant we’re voting for her.

            • 52 Vicki
              December 22, 2015 at 8:40 pm

              “Once we vote for her we’ll pretend she doesn’t exist.”
              This is so perfect, Idon, that I need a better word than perfect.
              It is my plan, for sure.
              Vote for HRC and ignore all politics and her especially thereafter.

        • 53 amk for obama
          December 22, 2015 at 8:37 pm

          yup, the alternative is united states of apartheid.

  10. December 22, 2015 at 6:11 pm

  11. 56 susanne
    December 22, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Article has a nice video mash-up of the president saying Merry Christmas, over and over 🙂


  12. 57 MightyPameal
    December 22, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Scrolling from bottom to top, MP was about to expire as the pressure grew to vote. At first, it was The Vulcan Mind Meld with the gorgeous baby in #10. Then UhOh, and Hmmm, then UhOh, and so on, nearly passed out from the strain. Sighing, then YES!! #2 appeared and there was no more questioning, so now you know. I loved them all, and would be hard pressed to even rate them from #1 – #10. Totally pre-ordering Pete Souza’s first (second, third, fourth…) book after January 2017. ❤ 🐻 ❤

  13. 62 susanne
    December 22, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Short article with a new photo of the president hiking today in Hawaii. Love our president!!


  14. 67 mtmarilyn
    December 22, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    All these pictures are hard to choose, my first choice is #2, but my one for the world is #7. I am happy with any of them. We just returned from a holiday brunch. So nice to get together with like minded people. Love the holiday get togethers.

    Yesterday my husband got a letter in the mail from Ted Cruz. A very well done mailing. The only reason I figure my husband got it is because he is retired military. We are registered Dems, he is not on Facebook, so I don’t know how his name got on Ted’s list. Don said he is going to write him a letter. Has anyone else got one?

  15. 70 Dudette
    December 22, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    MSNBC is doing a friggin’ documentary on Trump right now. Unbelievable!

  16. 73 Dudette
    December 22, 2015 at 7:29 pm

  17. December 22, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Castro, rainbow, baby, how can one choose? I was going to go with the baby because that baby just looks like it would like to drink PBO right up! But I went with the rainbow because Obamamagic!! It seemed like a once-in-a lifetime picture and it sums up what a gift he is to us and to the world.

  18. December 22, 2015 at 7:38 pm

  19. 78 Dudette
    December 22, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    • 79 Sandy1110
      December 22, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      That’s the only way to get through to these outlets: take away their viewership for propping up Trump.

      Watching it for trainwreck value plays into their hands – all they care about are ratings.

  20. December 22, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    • 81 99ts
      December 22, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      They never stop – this is no democracy – this is a police state.

      • December 22, 2015 at 8:17 pm

        these are the cases that break my heart…they kill our people with no consequences…and then they want us to be silent about …and go away quietly in the night

        • 83 99ts
          December 22, 2015 at 11:30 pm

          Indeed PF – they would actually prefer that you go away and die – but as an alternative they take your money and/or put you into jail.

          Part of this is the guns – white people demand the right to carry guns – but they are scared of those black folks – because they might have guns. The 2nd amendment is very selective in who has these rights.

          I did not mean to be so negative at this time of year – so I send wishes for a blessed Christmas to you and your loved ones. The past 7 years have forced the reality into the open – it can only get better – half of the battle was accepting that it exists – this is no longer in doubt.

  21. 85 sjterrid
    December 22, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Good Evening/Morning TOD.

    I picked picture no. 2.

    I’ll be on vacation starting tomorrow for a week. We’re going to DisneyLand. We have a 7:30AM EST flight.

    Now, I need to go back to read today’s posts.

  22. 86 jacquelineoboomer
    December 22, 2015 at 8:10 pm

  23. 91 amk for obama
    December 22, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    four for flotus, not the kenyan.

  24. December 22, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    These folks at salon are off the wall…

    • 93 jacquelineoboomer
      December 22, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      That’s disgusting. They don’t get all of their progressive goals met, so they give up on getting any? PUMAs still abound.

    • 94 sjterrid
      December 22, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      I expect this stuff from Salon. They are a right leaning site. So of course they prefer her to lose the election.

    • 95 Nena20409
      December 22, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      In 2017, 4 Justices will be 80 and up

    • 96 Sandy1110
      December 22, 2015 at 10:28 pm

      Emoprogs are as ignorant as Teabaggers.

      Better a Trump presidency than a Hillary presidency? Really?

      They must not be one of the demographics that Trump has targeted. And they must think they’ll be immune to whatever damage he’ll do to the country economically and politically.

      And they think subjecting the country to all that is better than what might come from Hillary’s corporate coziness.

      Dumb, dumb, dumb.

  25. December 22, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    then someone posts a video of a BernieSanders rally with all white folks in attendance….smh….

  26. 99 GGAIL
    December 22, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    It appears that a lot of us like the same one 😊

  27. December 22, 2015 at 8:40 pm

  28. 101 amk for obama
    December 22, 2015 at 8:49 pm

  29. 102 amk for obama
    December 22, 2015 at 8:52 pm

  30. December 22, 2015 at 9:08 pm


  31. 105 vcprezofan2
    December 22, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    PBO’s genius photographer talks about the rainbow pictures [there were several] when Pres O was leaving Jamaica.

    When people ask me how I do what I do, I often recite the words of Bob Dylan:

    “I was just doing what I could with what I had where I was.”

    That kind of sums up my approach to my job as the President’s photographer.

    Every once in a while, you also just get very lucky. Such was the case last week, when a rainbow came along just as the President’s helicopter was arriving at the airport in Kingston, Jamaica, where he would board Air Force One for the flight to Panama. Fortunately, I was manifested aboard the second helicopter–which always arrives before Marine One–giving me a few minutes to prepare for photographing the rainbow.


    My colleague Amanda Lucidon had already positioned herself toward the back of Air Force One to frame the President ascending the stairs with the rainbow overhead.

    President Obama boards Air Force One in Kingston, Jamaica, April 9, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

    Meanwhile, after photographing the departure greets, I ran under the wing of the plane to try and line up where the President would be when he waved goodbye at the top of the stairs.

    ……………………………….. //

    View at Medium.com

  32. 106 No Child Left Behind
    December 22, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    • 107 Nena20409
      December 22, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      If the debate was being held today?
      FBN said that they will use the latest 6 National polling numbers. They had Not really lived up to that in their 2 previous GOPer debates.

  33. 108 No Child Left Behind
    December 22, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    I hope it is not simply a threat. It is real.

  34. 111 Nena20409
    December 22, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Congrats J4O on your Golden ⭐
    The above pictures are great.
    I could not vote this time. I liked 9 of them.
    April Wins!

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