Most of us have a few childhood photos stashed in the back of our closets, or hidden somewhere in our parents’ homes that we would prefer never see the light of day. But if your childhood photo happens to prominently feature the leader of the free world? Then there is a good chance it will wind up in chief official White House photographer Pete Souza’s yearly photo round-up. Luckily, all of the children featured in this year’s round-up are pretty darn cute.
You may recognize the photo that went viral in June of a young boy face-planting onto the Oval Office couch while the president greets his parents. Guess he voted Republican.
The president crouched down so this aspiring doctor could check his heartbeat during an elementary school visit in March.
It is hard to tell who was more elated as the president took a spin around the Oval Office with one-year-old Rose Smith, daughter of former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith last April.
A group of children lent the president a helping hand during an April visit to the U.S. Embassy in Manila, the capital of the Philippines.
According to Souza, the president was doling out some life advice to this young man when he snapped this photo in Kansas City in July.
This young lady stared in disbelief as the president shook hands with her father while greeting wounded warriors and their families in September. Fortunately, she now has photographic proof.
Don’t let those tiaras fool you! These girls were at May’s White House science fair, which celebrated student winners of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from around the country.
“The president loves babies,” Souza said in the introduction to his 2014 photo round-up. Obama met this tot while greeting guests at a September picnic on the White House’s South Lawn.
The president should have known better than to ask this group of elementary school students at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida not to make rabbit ears when they posed for a picture in September.
Souza captured this moment in June during a tour of the East Room of the White House for wounded warriors and their families.
All photos are from the White House Flickr feed.