The 15 Most Awesome Obama Photos Of 2014 (IMAGE GALLERY)

It’s a good thing the Obamas are so photogenic, because they’re probably the most photographed family in the US, this side of the Kardashians. While 2014 captured lots of great Obama moments, the following 15 photos are our favorites because they highlight Barack Obama’s accomplishments and his family’s warmth, grace, humor, and character.

Obama shakes hands with a man in a horse mask.

Photo: Doug Mills/Twitter.

15. Obama and the horse head guy. In July, Obama was greeted by a man in a horse mask during a visit to Denver, CO, and Doug Mills from the New York Times captured the moment on Twitter.

Obama reacts as he is greeted by a man wearing a horse-head as he walked the streets of downtown Denver.

Obama pardoning the presidential turkey while his daughters look board.

Animated gif via Buzzfeed13. .

14. Turkey pardoning. This animated gif from Buzzfeed shows Obama cracking jokes during the yearly presidential turkey pardoning, while Sasha and Malia look bored and roll their eyes like the teenage daughters they are.

Obama dancing with Santa Claus  at annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse in Washington on December 4, 2014

Photo: AFP via Twitter. https://twitter.com/afp/status/540735891530997760

 13. Dancing with Santa. Obama rocks the stage with Santa at the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Washington, DC.

12. Obama hugs the Ebola nurse. To calm fears about the Ebola virus, Obama gives Nina Pham — a nurse who fell sick with Ebola while treating an infected patient — a big hug and posted it to his blog on WhiteHouse.Gov.

Obama with the parents of Bowe Bergdahl.

Photo: John Harrington / Press pool photo via the LA Times.

11. Obama frees Bowe Bergdahl. Obama shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s parents Jani and Bob he really does have their backs in this May photo from the day he announced their son’s release. Bergdahl was captured and held by the Taliban for almost five years.

Barack Obama helps Michelle Obama off the stage at a state dinner.

Photo: Official White House photo by Pete Souza via Michelle Pictures.

10. A loving moment. Obama affectionately helps his elegantly-dressed First Lady Michelle Obama off the stage after thanking the White House chefs at a Feb. 11 dinner in honor of French President François Hollande.

March 24, 2014 "POTUS meets Rembrandt. The President looks at Rembrandt's 'Self-portrait as the Apostle Paul' during a tour of the Gallery of Honor at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands."  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Photo: Pete Souza/Whitehouse.Gov.

9. Culture vulture. Obama contemplates “Self-portrait as the Apostle Paul” by the legendary Dutch painter Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn at the  Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands during his March visit.

Michelle Obama with her too-large-for-a-lapdog Bo during a visit to a children's hospital.

Official White House photo via the Daily News.

 8. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. The Obamas’ too-big-for-a-lapdog Portugese Water Dog Bo steals the show when he adorably climbs up onto Michelle’s lap, as she reads “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to sick kids at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.  The Daily News reports the First Lady admits:

“This is exactly what he does at home. He tries to beat Malia and Sasha to my lap.”

April 21, 2014 "When the President saw this photograph hanging on the walls of the West Wing, he laughed and said, 'The two most famous sets of ears in Washington.' He then asked me to make a print for him so he could show his daughters. The photograph shows the President and the Easter Bunny listening to the national anthem on the Blue Room Balcony at the annual Easter Egg Roll." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Official White House Photo/Pete Souza.

7. The most famous ears in Washington. Obama and the Easter Bunny stand up for the national anthem before the annual Easter Egg Roll begins on the White House lawn. Pete Souza, the White House photographer, writes:

 “When the President saw this photograph hanging on the walls of the West Wing, he laughed and said, ‘The two most famous sets of ears in Washington.’ He then asked me to make a print for him so he could show his daughters.”

May 24, 2014 "This photograph was from the annual White House Science Fair. It shows the President posing with Girl Scout Troop 2612 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I think the eight-year-old girlsÐAvery Dodson, Natalie Hurley, Miriam Schaffer, Claire Winton and Lucy Claire SharpÐare called 'Brownies'. They had just shown the President their exhibit: a Lego flood proof bridge project. The fair celebrated the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country."  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Pete Souza/Official White House photo via Addicting Info.

6. Queen for a day. Like the good sport Obama is, he wore a tiara while posing with the winners of the annual White House Science Fair in May. White House photographer Pete Souza explains:

“This photograph was from the annual White House Science Fair. It shows the President posing with Girl Scout Troop 2612 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I think the eight-year-old girls – Avery Dodson, Natalie Hurley, Miriam Schaffer, Claire Winton and Lucy Claire Sharp – are called ‘Brownies’. They had just shown the President their exhibit: a Lego flood proof bridge project. The fair celebrated the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country.”

Oct. 14, 2014 "The President lifts the daughter of a departing staff member in the Oval Office." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Official White House photo/Pete Souza.

5. Giggling baby. And what photo collection for any politician would be complete without the obligatory photo with a baby? Here, Obama plays with the giggling daughter of a departing staff member in October.

Nov. 15, 2014 "The President holds a koala backstage prior to the G20 Welcome to Country Ceremony at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center in Brisbane, Australia." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Official White House photo/Pete Souza.

4. Fly Quantas. Obama cuddles a koala bear before a G20 economic summit ceremony in Brisbane, Australia. Uproxx reports the koala’s gentleness results from special training for hugging humans.

Oct. 14, 2014 "The President was meeting with a group of mentees in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. As the meeting was coming to a close one of the participants challenged the President to a game of HORSE. 'Let's go,' the President responded, and the entire group walked down to the basketball court on the South Lawn. In addition to the shooting competition, the President also used the opportunity to further talk to the young men about life lessons, not basketball." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Official White House photo/Pete Souza.

3. Obama hits the court. Obama’s love of basketball gives him a great way to connect with kids, including this group of kids in October. White House photographer Pete Souza writes:

“The President was meeting with a group of mentees in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. As the meeting was coming to a close one of the participants challenged the President to a game of HORSE. ‘Let’s go,’ the President responded, and the entire group walked down to the basketball court on the South Lawn. In addition to the shooting competition, the President also used the opportunity to further talk to the young men about life lessons, not basketball.”

Sept. 22, 2014 "As the President was greeting wounded warriors and their families, I focused on this young girl as the President shook hands with her father. I love how she's touching the President's arm as she looks up at him almost in disbelief."  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Official White House photo/Pete Souza.

2. Star struck. In September, this young girl glows with excitement as Obama shakes her father’s hand. Obama was visiting with wounded soldiers and their families.

June 6, 2014 "The President talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin after a lunch with other foreign leaders to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France. I'm sure they were talking about a subject matter other than D-Day."  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Official White House photo/Pete Souza.

1. Won’t back down.  Obama and Russia’s Vladimir Putin have a 15-minute chat during this year’s D-Day commemoration in Normandy, France. We don’t know what they were talking about, but it doesn’t look like Obama’s backing down on the Ukraine any time soon.


Featured photo: Doug Mills/Twitter.