2009 - 2016

The Obama Years

With his term as president coming to a close, view images from Barack Obama's eight years in office.

20 January 2009

The Inauguration

Barack Obama takes the oath as the 44th US President with his wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha by his side at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. He is the first African-American to be elected to the office of president in the history of the US.

20 January 2009

A Moment with the President

Obama and his wife, US First Lady Michelle Obama, share a moment in a freight elevator at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC.

21 January 2009

A New Era

A youthful looking Barack Obama walks into the Oval Office for his first full day in office.

7 April 2009

Meeting the Troops

As he greets hundreds of US troops during his visit to Camp Victory in Iraq's Baghdad, Obama receives a fist-bump from a US soldier.

Revision, Recreation, Reflection

The president holds a heavily edited health care reform speech script before an address to a joint session of Congress; he makes time for basketball with cabinet secretaries and members of Congress; and takes a moment before a weekly radio address.

18 November 2009

International Relations

Obama visited about 60 countries during his time as president. Here, on an official nine-day, four-nation Asia tour, he tours the Great Wall of China.

19 March 2011

Shadows and a Giant

Obama and his family visit Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue during a five-day Latin American trip.

1 May 2011

In the biggest national security victory for Obama since taking office, a targeted operation in Pakistan's Abbottabad sees the US kill alleged 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. Here, the president is seen in the Situation Room as the mission is under way.

23 May 2011

Irish Roots

On a visit to Ireland, the US president has a Guinness after visiting his ancestral home in Moneygall, Co Offaly. He said: “My name is Barack Obama, of the Moneygall Obamas. I've come home to find the apostrophe we lost somewhere along the way.”

23 May 2011

Addressing tens of thousands gathered at a rally in Dublin, Obama has some inspirational words: “This little country that inspired the biggest things – your best days are still ahead of you.”

30 March 2012

Home Sweet Home

Obama walks towards the White House from the Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn.

18 April 2012

Remembering a Civil Rights Heroine

Obama sits on the famed Rosa Parks bus at a museum in Michigan. Obama said of the civil rights activist: “In a single moment, with the simplest of gestures, she helped change America - and change the world.”

20 July 2012

Tough Calls

After a dozen movie goers were killed in a Colorado cinema, Obama participates in a conference call with FBI Director Robert Mueller, Chief of Staff Jack Lew, and John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.


Obama spends time with Bo the dog, enjoys a lighter moment at a sports game with Vice President Joe Biden, and entertains a White House trick-or-treater at Halloween.

30 July 2012

The Commute

Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York City. Once asked what he will miss most when he leaves office, he quipped: “Other than Air Force One?”

26 July 2012

The Daily Grind

Obama holds a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House.

7 March 2015

March for Freedom

Obama leads a walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama. On the issue of the civil rights struggle, he warned that the march for freedom ‘is not yet finished’.

21 March 2016

New Chapter with Cuba

Obama becomes the first US president to visit Cuba in 88 years, opening a new chapter in US engagement with the island's Communist government after decades of animosity. He and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro end a joint press conference in Havana with an unusual handshake…

14 September 2014

A Moment for the Dead

Obama attends a Transfer of Remains Ceremony for the return of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Libyan embassy employees at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. The four were killed when the consulate in Libya was attacked on 11 September 2014.

5 January 2016

The Worst Day

With tears running down his cheek, Obama talks about his efforts to increase federal gun control and the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. He previously said that the shooting of 20 young children and six adult staff at an elementary school in December 2012 was the worst day of his presidency.

16 May 2016

Leaders of the World

G7 leaders get stuck into some physical work. Italy's Matteo Renzi, Germany's Angela Merkel, Obama, Japan's Shinzo Abe, France's Francois Hollande, Britain's David Cameron, Canada's Justin Trudeau and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker take part in a tree planting ceremony in Japan.

10 November 2016

The Transition

The transition of power begins after Donald Trump wins the 2016 Presidential election. Putting aside their differences for their first White House meeting, Obama tells his successor: “We now are going to do everything we can to help you succeed because if you succeed, then the country succeeds.”