In pictures: An historic year in the White House

The official White House photographer Pete Souza has selected his favourite shots of 2012. You can view the full selection here.

President Obama enjoys a dip in the ocean during a holiday in his native Hawaii (January 1)
President Obama enjoys a dip in the ocean during a holiday in his native Hawaii (January 1) Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
First Lady Michelle Obama wins a potato sack race with talk show host Jimmy Fallon at the White House (January 25)
First Lady Michelle Obama wins a potato sack race with talk show host Jimmy Fallon at the White House (January 25) Credit: Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy
Egged on by B.B. King (R) the President joins in singing 'Sweet Home Chicago' during a concert at the White House (February 21)
Egged on by B.B. King (R) the President joins in singing 'Sweet Home Chicago' during a concert at the White House (February 21) Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
President Obama (C) flies in a helicopter from a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul (May 1) Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
The President chats after a game of basketball in Los Angeles. The other players include actor (3rd from R) George Clooney (May 11)
The President chats after a game of basketball in Los Angeles. The other players include actor (3rd from R) George Clooney (May 11) Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
European leaders take a break from G8 talks at Camp David to watch the penalties of the Chelsea vs. Bayern Munich Champions League final
European leaders take a break from G8 talks at Camp David to watch the penalties of the Chelsea vs. Bayern Munich Champions League final Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
"Anyone want to try a piece of my strawberry pie," the President asked during a stop for lunch at a diner in Ohio (July 5)
"Anyone want to try a piece of my strawberry pie," the President asked during a stop for lunch at a diner in Ohio (July 5) Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
The President and First Lady appeared on the 'Kiss Cam' during a game between the US Men's Olympic basketball team and Brazil (July 16)
The President and First Lady appeared on the 'Kiss Cam' during a game between the US Men's Olympic basketball team and Brazil (July 16) Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
The President and Vice President share a laugh before a campaign rally together in Portsmouth, Hew Hampshire (September 7)
The President and Vice President share a laugh before a campaign rally together in Portsmouth, Hew Hampshire (September 7) Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
The President pretends to be caught in Spider-Man's web as he greets the Nicholas Tamarin, 3, just outside the Oval Office (October 26)
The President pretends to be caught in Spider-Man's web as he greets the Nicholas Tamarin, 3, just outside the Oval Office (October 26) Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
The Obamas and Bidens following the President’s election night remarks at McCormick Place in Chicago (November 6)
The Obamas and Bidens following the President’s election night remarks at McCormick Place in Chicago (November 6) Credit: Official White House Photo by David Lienemann
The President recreating US Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney's 'not impressed' photograph at the White House (November 15)
The President recreating US Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney's 'not impressed' photograph at the White House (November 15) Credit: Official White House Photo by David Lienemann
Police hold back a crowd of Burmese residents who turned out to see President Obama's historic trip to the country (November 19)
Police hold back a crowd of Burmese residents who turned out to see President Obama's historic trip to the country (November 19) Credit: Official White House Photo by David Lienemann
The President poses with relatives of one of the child victims, Emilie Parker, of the shootings at Newtown, Connecticut (December 16)
The President poses with relatives of one of the child victims, Emilie Parker, of the shootings at Newtown, Connecticut (December 16) Credit: Official White House Photo by David Lienemann