Year in review: Official White House photos from 2012

Year in review: Official White House photos from 2012

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President Barack Obama was a busy man in 2012… but that’s to expect when you’re the Leader of the Free World.

Look back at photos taken by official White House photographers in 2012. Commentary and photography by Pete Souza. Additional photos by David Lienemann, Chuck Kennedy, Lawrence Jackson and Sonya N. Hebert.

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Jan. 8 Photo Brief: Betty White’s early birthday surprise, Alabama’s Nick Saban gets dunked and is Hugo Chavez dead?

Jan. 8 Photo Brief: Betty White’s early birthday surprise, Alabama’s Nick Saban gets dunked and is Hugo Chavez dead?

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Betty White gets a hunky 91st birthday surprise on Anderson Live, head coach Nick Saban is dunked with Gatorade following Alabama’s win over Notre Dame in the 2013 BCS Championship, speculation abounds about the health status of Venezuela’s cancer-stricken president and much more in today’s daily brief.

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Jan. 7 Photo Brief: Chuck Hagel and John Brennan nominated to top level security posts, International Kite Festival, air pollution in Tehran, the Black Nazarene

Jan. 7 Photo Brief: Chuck Hagel and John Brennan nominated to top level security posts, International Kite Festival, air pollution in Tehran, the Black Nazarene

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President Barack Obama nominates Chuck Hagel and John Brennan to top level security posts, International Kite Festival, air pollution in Tehran, the Black Nazarene and more in today’s daily brief.

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Rough Cut: A raw edit from the Ravens 24-9 victory over the Colts

Rough Cut: A raw edit from the Ravens 24-9 victory over the Colts

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“Rough Cut” is a loose edit from The Baltimore Sun’s photographic coverage of the National Football League. Fanatic fans, marching bands, cheerleaders and lots of game action are just part of the spectacle that is the NFL. This week photojournalists Lloyd Fox, Gene Sweeney Jr. and Kenneth K. Lam photographed the Baltimore Ravens as they beat the Indianapolis Colts 24-9 in the first round of playoffs at M&T Stadium in Baltimore.

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Jan. 6 Photo Brief: Assad peace plan angers opponents, 14,833 drummers attempt record, Epiphany Day, inauguration preparations underway

Jan. 6 Photo Brief: Assad peace plan angers opponents, 14,833 drummers attempt record, Epiphany Day, inauguration preparations underway

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Speech by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad angers opposition, 14,833 drummers attempt world record, Epiphany Day celebrations, inauguration preparations underway for President Barack Obama and more in today’s daily brief.

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Epiphany (or Three Kings Day) marked by parades, pageants

Epiphany (or Three Kings Day) marked by parades, pageants

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On Jan. 6, 12 days after Christmas, Christians around the world observe Epiphany, or Three Kings Day. The holiday celebrates the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus. Celebrated in some countries like Christmas, the day brings with it parades and pageants to mark the end of the winter holiday season.

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Bare Hills, A Contrast in Time

Bare Hills, A Contrast in Time

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I saw the old house first, set behind a row of faded 19th century houses strung along Falls Road a mile north of the city-county line. It was a caved-in box that had given up being a home many winters ago. The dried vines that clambered up the weathered wood couldn’t hide the gaping holes where windows had been.

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Jan. 4 Photo Brief: Malala leaves the hospital, Indian women strike back, padlocks in Paris keep love on lockdown

Jan. 4 Photo Brief: Malala leaves the hospital, Indian women strike back, padlocks in Paris keep love on lockdown

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15 year-old Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai is discharged from the hospital, women and girls in India get serious about self-defense, Anori the polar bear turns one, Gerard Depardieu is now a Russian, lovers crossing the Pont des Arts in Paris continue locking down their love over the River Seine and much more in today’s daily brief.

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Double Exposure: Mermaid, who posed with Mayor Schaefer for iconic 1981 photo, shares her tale three decades later

Double Exposure: Mermaid, who posed with Mayor Schaefer for iconic 1981 photo, shares her tale three decades later

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It was quite the gig at the National Aquarium. A skin-tight, sequined mermaid costume with a 15-foot train. A team of frogmen carried her across a makeshift pond and placed her on a rock. Cameras clicked and flashed. Three seals paid a visit followed by then Baltimore Mayor William Donald Schaefer in an old-fashion swimsuit.

Deborah Lee Walker, who posed with Schaefer for the iconic 1981 photo, shares her tale three decades later: “I had no idea it was going to be as big a deal as it was. But it turned out to be the most fun I ever had on a job.”

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