Celebrate President Obama's 53rd birthday with 53 photos of him throughout his life and presidency
A baby lands a stiff-arm on President Obama's chin while he was on vacation in Hawaii over Christmas 2013. The photo was posted to Twitter by official White House photographer Pete Souza.
This photo provided by the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., shows Obama with his mother Ann Dunham in an undated photo from the 1960's. Dunham met Obama's father, Barack Obama Sr. from Kenya, when both were students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa; they married in 1960. (AP Photo/Obama Presidential Campaign)
This photo provided by the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., shows the presidential hopeful, Obama, 9, right, with his mother Ann Dunham, center, his Indonesian step-father Lolo Soetoro, and his less than one-year-old sister Maya Soetoro in the 1970's in Jakarta, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Obama Presidential Campaign)
Above is a photo of Barack Obama (left), with his mother, his adoptive father, and his half-sister Maya, circa 1971.
The President stands next to his mother at his High School graduation.
A young Barack sits with his mother and little sister Maya.
Barack and his mother during his high school years.
The President poses for a picture in front of a bridge.
A young Barack Obama strikes a pose in a leather jacket.
The President and First Lady on their wedding day back in 1992.
President Obama shows off his serious side.
President Obama utilizes the chalkboard to help explain the basics of power analysis.
The President stands in a shirt and tie.
FILE - In this May 1, 2011, image released by the White House and digitally altered by the source to obscure the details of a document in front of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right with hand covering mouth, President Barack Obama, second from left, Vice President Joe Biden, left, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, right, and members of the national security team watch an update of the mission against Osama bin Laden in the White House Situation Room in Washington. As the world now knows well Obama ultimately decided to launch the raid on the Abbottabad compound that killed bin Laden, though faced with a level of widespread skepticism from a veteran intelligence analyst, shared with other top-level officials, which nearly scuttled the raid. That process reflected a sea change within the U.S. spy community, one that embraces debate to avoid âslam-dunkâ intelligence in tough national security decisions. (AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza, File)
A light shines behind President Barack Obama as he speaks during a campaign event at Bayliss Park, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, during a three day campaign bus tour through Iowa. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Matt Drudge's go-to photo anytime there's a negative story about you.
US President Barack Obama winks as he tells a joke about his place of birth during the White House Correspondents Association Dinner in Washington, DC, April 28, 2012. The annual event, which brings together US President Barack Obama, Hollywood celebrities, news media personalities and Washington correspondents, features comedian Jimmy Kimmel as the host. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama share a private moment in a freight elevator at an Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009.
The President and First Lady celebrate Halloween, while Chewbacca and a Storm Trooper stand in the background.
President Obama cradles a baby.
The President lends a helping hand to this cute kid.
The President takes a stroll around the Oval Office with a little girl.
President Obama plays peek-a-boo with a child.
June 14, 2013: "The President had invited departing staff member Adam Neufeld to the Oval Office for a farewell photograph. When the President picked up Neufeld's six-month-old daughter, she started grabbing his face." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Happy Father's Day!
Barack Obama shoots the ball while playing as a guard for the state champion Punahou School basketball team, Hawaii, 1979. (Photo by Laura S. L. Kong/Getty Images)
The President meets with the L.A. Galaxy and shows soccer superstar Landon Donovan (right) some of his skills.
The President shows of his athletic side on the football field.
President Barack Obama throws out the first pitch to St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, not pictured, before the MLB All-Star baseball game in St. Louis, Tuesday, July 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
President Barack Obama, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, plays the 'Touch Down Fever' game on the boardwalk during their visit to Point Pleasant, NJ., Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Obama traveled to New Jersey to join Christie to inspect and tour the Jersey Shore's recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
The President shows Dwyane Wade, left, and LeBron James, center, his jump shot form.
President Obama loosens up his legs on the golf course.
The President fills out his 2014 March Madness bracket for ESPN.
U.S. President Barack Obama talked about his increase of gray hair while delivering remarks during the official unveiling of former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush's official portraits in the East Room of the White House May 31, 2012 in Washington, DC. Commissioned by the White House Historical Association, the portraits will hang in the White House next to portraits of the other past presidents. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
The wounded lip of U.S. President Barack Obama is seen as he speaks to the press after meeting with bi-partisan Congressional leadership in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building November 30, 2010 in Washington, DC. Obama hurt his lip while playing basketball and required stiches. After the first formal meeting since the mid-term elections, Obama spoke about taxes, the START treaty and finding common ground with Republicans. (Photo by Olivier Doulier-Pool/Getty Images)
In this image from TV, U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, in the rain for a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela, Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013. The handshake between the leaders of the two Cold War enemies came during a ceremony that's focused on Mandela's legacy of reconciliation. Hundreds of foreign dignitaries and world heads of states gather Tuesday with thousands of South African people to celebrate the life, and mark the death, of Nelson Mandela who has became a global symbol of reconciliation. (AP Photo/SABC Pool)
President Obama poses as himself in a carnival cutout.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama drink Guinness beer as they meet with local residents at Ollie Hayes pub in Moneygall, Ireland, the ancestral homeland of his great-great-great grandfather, Monday, May 23.
President Barack Obama was in Decatur, Ga., to promote his education agenda and stopped in at the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center
US President Barack Obama (R) plays with a Hoberman Sphere as he talks with 12-year-old Peyton Robertson, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, during the White House Science Fair at the White House in Washington, DC, May 27, 2014. The White House Science Fair celebrates the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
The President gets animated as he reads 'Where the Wild Things Are.'
The President makes a guest appearance on ABC's 'The View.'
The President and First Lady ride in the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2013.
Sept. 19, 2013: "I loved the look Alanah Poullard's face as the President wrote a school excuse note for the five-year-old, while visiting with Wounded Warriors and their families in the East Room during their tour of the White House. Alanah asked for a note to show her kindergarten teacher so she wouldn't get in trouble for missing a school day." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama reacts after realizing he dialed the wrong number while making calls from a local campaign field office during a unscheduled visit, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Illinois State Senator Barack Obama, D-Chicago, talks with his daughter Malia, 5, as his wife Michelle holds their other daughter Sasha, 2, in their hotel suite on the evening of the US Senate Democratic primary Tuesday, March 16, 2004 in Chicago. Obama is in a seven-way race in the Democratic state wide primary. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
President Barack Obama runs down the East Colonnade with family dog, Bo, on the dog's initial visit to the White House. Bo came back to live at the White House in April. March 15, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
June 14, 2013: "The President called me over to pose for a photo with a young boy who had fallen asleep during the Father's Day ice cream social in the State Dining Room of the White House." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama uses a light saber as he watches a demonstration of fencing at an event supporting Chicago's 2016 host city Olympic bid, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. At rear is Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and first lady Michelle Obama. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David "Big Papi" Ortiz, left, takes a selfie with President Barack Obama, holding a Boston Red Sox jersey presented to the president during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, where the president honored the 2013 World Series baseball champion Boston Red Sox. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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US President Barack Obama (R) and British Prime Minister David Cameron pose for a selfie picture with Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt (C) next to US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) during the memorial service of South African former president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium (Soccer City) in Johannesburg on December 10, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, died in Johannesburg on December 5 at age 95. AFP PHOTO / ROBERTO SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama holds up a jar of 'Minnesalsa' for members of the media to see during his unannounced shopping visit to Golden Fig Fine Foods in St. Paul, Minn., Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
The President with Michelle, Sasha, left, and Malia, right, in 2004).
A critical part of being president of the United States is having the unique ability to take one on the chin, because, quite frankly, the hits just keep on coming. Whether it's some cute tot landing a stiff-arm as the White House photographer snaps pictures, or House Republicans trying to sue you and repeal the laws you signed, or the Drudge Report taking shots at Obamacare and your citizenship -- it's tough work.
But you'd expect that sort of stuff from babies, John Boehner and Matt Drudge. What you might not expect is that when you try to do something nice for African-American boys, there's a snarky Ivy League law professor who writes an article in the New York Times complaining that you haven't done anything for African-American girls.
It's certainly not easy being president. In fact, it's hard to believe anyone wants the job.
But you signed up for it -- twice -- so, on your 53rd birthday, we want to let you know we appreciate how tough the job is. Not only is it hard work, Mr. President, but you are constantly being photographed while doing it. You're probably the most photographed man in the world. (We can't imagine having to do our jobs each day while dozens of shutterbugs snapped pics of us.)
It's like you're the world's little goldfish, swimming around your bowl, while we all take photos and make judgments all the time. Since there is such a vast archive of photos, as a show of our appreciation and in honor of your 53rd birthday, we've collected 53 of the most memorable photos of you throughout your life we could find. There are some classic shots of you in there that you will no doubt recognize. You were an adorable kid.
There are some that you may have never seen (or haven't seen in a while). There's a great one of what looks like you magically holding a glowing ball as you delivered a speech in Iowa two years ago. And Matt Drudge's go-to photo for whenever he thinks he has some dirt on you (the one of you winking at the 2012 White House Correspondents Dinner) is in there, too.
Some of the photos you may want to forget. Remember that time an errant elbow busted your lip during a basketball game and it took 12 stitches to stop the bleeding? Well, in case you didn't, there were news photographers on hand to document the injury with super zoomed in close-up shots. And some photographer from Getty once snapped an extreme close-up of the back of your head -- perfect for anyone who might want to count your gray hairs. Both of those are in our collection.
In case you're feeling old today, we've included several other photos of you with babies and kids (nothing is as invigorating as the youth of America, Mr. President.) But, you honestly don't look like someone who feels old. We've got a handful of shots of you throwing balls, looking rather spry.
In addition, you seem to have been able to adopt the youth culture, posing for selfies and doing it deftly -- you've managed to avoid tweeting a photo with a scandalous wardrobe malfunction thus far. Trust us, that's not as easy as it might seem, so good work on that front.
And hey, you've got two years left in office. When you finish up your term, you'll only be 55 and likely looking for part-time work to keep you busy. There's an AP photo of you showing some remarkable promise for selling salsa that you may want to check out. It's never too soon to start thinking about your next career move.
Back in May, alluding to the oppressiveness of living in the presidential fishbowl, you exclaimed, 'The bear is loose!' as you dispensed with procedure and walked from the White House through the streets of D.C. to a meeting at the Department of Interior. Well, here's to letting loose in whatever way you can on your birthday. If anyone deserves the opportunity to do so, it's you.
There are some really great pics above, and we saved the best one for last: a nice black-and-white image of Michelle, the kids and you. After all, more important than being the American president, you're an American family man. That's something almost everyone can identify with.