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Nov. 13, 2016, 12:00 PM

barack michelle obamaWhite House/Pete Souza As President Obama's second term draws to a close, the work of White House Photographer Pete Souza is garnering quite a bit of attention.

Pete Souza has taken an estimated 2 million photographs during Obama's eight years in office, and released them to the public in real time on Flickr and Instagram.

Souza has captured historic moments, such as the Situation Room meeting where Obama learned the outcome of the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden, his march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, and his speech in Newtown, Connecticut after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school.

"There's a certain daily grind to my job," Souza said in a . "But I'd say, once, twice, three, four, 10 times a week, you realize that you are an eyewitness to history. And I always try to keep that forefront in my mind."

recently compiled 55 photos taken from Souza's "Year in Photos" galleries, which collect dozens of highlights annually. Souza also regularly posts photos to his .

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July 29, 2009: President Barack Obama eats a nectarine following a town hall meeting at Kroger's Supermarket in Bristol, Virginia.

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April 13, 2009: Obama runs down a corridor with the family's new dog, Bo, a six-month old Portuguese water dog, in the White House in Washington, DC. Bo is a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and his wife Victoria to the President's daughters, Sasha and Malia.

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August 9, 2010: President Barack Obama jokingly puts his toe on the scale as Trip Director Marvin Nicholson, unaware to the President's action, weighs himself as the presidential entourage passed through the volleyball locker room at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas.

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June 9, 2011: President Barack Obama greets children at a day care facility adjacent to daughter Sasha's school in Bethesda, Md., following her 4th grade closing ceremony.

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May 25, 2012: "The President was welcoming service members and their families to a screening of 'Men in Black 3' in the White House Family Theater. The movie was being presented in 3D, so the President jokingly asked them to try on their 3D glasses while he was speaking to them."

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Feb. 21, 2012: President Obama joins in singing “Sweet Home Chicago” during the “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues” concert in the East Room of the White House.

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Feb. 22, 2009: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dance while the band Earth, Wind and Fire performs at the Governors Ball in the East Room of the White House.

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April 23, 2009: President Barack Obama plays with a football in the Oval Office.

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Oct. 29, 2009: President Barack Obama attends a ceremony at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del., for the dignified transfer of 18 U.S. personnel who died in Afghanistan.

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June 4, 2015: President Barack Obama plays with Ella Harper Rhodes, daughter of Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, during an Oval Office drop by.

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Dec. 4, 2015: "The President acquiesced to a selfie with 11-year-old Jacob Haynes and four-year-old James Haynes after taking a family photograph with departing White House staffer Heather Foster."

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Jan. 20, 2009: President Barack Obama rides the elevator to the Private Residence of the White House after attending 10 inaugural balls and a long day, including being sworn in as President.

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April 24, 2012: President Barack Obama and Jimmy Fallon laugh while being briefed on the "Slow Jam the News" segment backstage before taping “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” at the University of North Carolina Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill, N.C.

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February 14, 2013: "The President genuinely enjoys being with kids. Here, he played a magnifying glass game with children during a visit to a pre-kindergarten classroom at the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, Georgia."

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Dec. 2, 2013: "Joined by Chief of Staff Denis McDonough's daughter, the President carries a birthday cake to surprise McDonough in his West Wing office."

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June 3, 2013: President Barack Obama and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough walk on the South Lawn of the White House.

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Aug. 28, 2013: "Chuck Kennedy worked with the National Park Service to be able to photograph from this angle at the Lincoln Memorial as the President, First Lady, and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter walked to the stage during the ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom."

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March 7, 2015: "For Presidential trips, I usually have another White House photographer accompany me so he or she can preset with the press and obtain angles that I can't, as I usually stay close to the President. Lawrence Jackson made this iconic image from the camera truck as the First Family joined others in beginning the walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge."

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Oct. 14, 2009: President Obama appears in deep thought as he and senior adviser David Axelrod listen during a climate change meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. A moment later, he was "laughing at a humorous exchange."

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Dec. 16, 2012: President Barack Obama works on his Newtown speech at The Music Center at Strathmore auditorium in Bethesda, Maryland. Obama later visited Newtown, Connecticut to speak at an interfaith vigil for the shooting victims from Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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June 17, 2015: The President carries the twin boys of Katie Beirne Fallon, Director of Legislative Affairs, into the Oval Office just a few months after they were born.

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October 1, 2015: "I focused on the detail of the Resolute Desk as the president was talking with two aides in the Oval Office."

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December 3, 2009: Obama fist-bumps custodian Lawrence Lipscomb in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building following the opening session of the White House Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth.

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March 30, 2012: "We had just arrived aboard the Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn and the President was walking into the White House. I had seen this scene several times but had never been able to quite capture it the way I wanted. Here, finally, arriving at night, I was able to frame him walking into the light of the Diplomatic Reception Room, with the added bonus of his shadow being cast from the television lights off to the left."

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April 9, 2015: The President's wave aligns with a rainbow as he boards Air Force One at Norman Manley International Airport prior to departure from Kingston, Jamaica.

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June 9, 2014: "The President sits for a 3D portrait being produced by the Smithsonian Institution. There were so many cameras and strobe lights flashing but the end result was kind of cool."

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