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Obama's first 100 days: exclusive White House photos

April 29, 2009 |  8:31 am

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It's been a wild ride, so far.

An economic crisis, with billions of spending and tons of controversy over bankers' bonuses. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and maybe Pakistan, and sometimes conflicts with Somali pirates. Meetings with world leaders, questions at town halls and press conferences, campaign promises met to close Guantanamo Bay prison and open stem cell research. So many firsts -- from the first African American president to the first who fought to keep his BlackBerry. So many marvels -- the first lady's transformation from novice campaigner to international and fashion rock star. And so many memories.

Today the White House released never-before-seen photos of President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, their kids, their dog and Team Obama.

Here's a sampling.

The first one shows President Obama, with Caroline Kennedy, looking under the desk in the Oval Office for the trap door that allowed young John Kennedy Jr. to peek out of their father's desk during the Kennedy administration. (Click the "Read more" line to open up many more photos and our video.)

President Obama searches under the desk in the Oval Office for the trap door that allowed Caroline Kennedy's brother John Kennedy Jr. to peak out during the Kennedy administration

Below, he meets with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, one-time rival for the presidential nomination.

President Obama meets with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Oval Office

As he steps out on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to take the oath of office.

President Obama as he steps out on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to take the oath of office 

He nuzzles First Lady Michelle Obama as they prepare to go on stage to dance at an inaugural ball.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama before an inaugural ball

As he enters the Oval Office on Day One.

President Obama enters the Oval Office on the first day of his presidency

Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha enjoy a snow day at the White House.

First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha enjoy a snow day at the White House 

The president gives First Dog Bo a workout.

President Obama runs with First Dog Bo

White House photographer Pete Souza, who as a photographer for the Chicago Tribune chronicled Obama's photogenic rise to the top, talked on the "Today Show" about his philosophy -- when he intrudes on the First Family, when he gives them space, what it's been like these first 100 days.

Take a look.




-- Johanna Neuman

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Photo Credit: All photos by Pete Souza/White House

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