33 photos that show why everyone misses Obama

Pool / Getty ImagesPresident Barack Obama kisses first lady Michelle Obama on the last day of his presidency.

Former President Barack Obama has been living the dream ever since he left office more than a year ago.

From vacationing in exotic locations, to dancing at a Beyoncé-Jay Z concert, to negotiating a Netflix deal, Obama has been making the most of his post-presidency – and it’s hard not to feel a little nostalgic for the eight years he was in office.

Here’s a glimpse at the moments that made people love Obama, and show why many miss him now.


He was just the best with kids.

White House/Pete SouzaObama pretends to be caught in Spider-Man’s web as he greets Nicholas Tamarin, 3, just outside the Oval Office on Oct. 26, 2012.

From the littlest toddlers …

White House/Pete SouzaObama walks with Lincoln Rose Pierce Smith, the daughter of former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith, in the Oval Office, April 4, 2014.

… to the tallest teenagers.

White House/Pete SouzaObama walks on the South Lawn of the White House with participants of a mentee résumé workshop, Oct. 14, 2014.

He even made time for tiny elephants.

White House/Pete SouzaObama plays with Ella Rhodes, daughter of Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, in her elephant Halloween costume on Oct. 30, 2015.

The affection he showed first lady Michelle Obama could melt anyone’s heart.

White House/Pete SouzaObama removed his tuxedo jacket and put it over the shoulders of his wife. Then they had a semi-private moment as staff member and Secret Service agents tried not to look on their way to the Inaugural Ball on Jan. 20, 2009.

And the moments they shared were some of the most iconic of his presidency.

White House/Pete SouzaObama and Michelle hug after she introduced him at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa on Aug. 15, 2012. The campaign tweeted a similar photo from the campaign photographer on election night and a lot of people thought it was taken on election day.

Obama made fast friends with world leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


And he was best buds with our neighbour to the north, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.


He even made friends with the Pope.


This pope, too.


He could scowl with all the strength of an Olympian …

White House/Pete SouzaObama jokingly mimics gymnast McKayla Maroney’s ‘not impressed’ look while greeting members of the 2012 US Olympic gymnastics teams in the Oval Office, Nov. 15, 2012.

… and tango with the skill of an Argentinian.


He was always quick on his feet …

White House/Pete SouzaOn a cold day, Obama races down the Colonnade with Denis McDonough’s children en route to the announcement that Denis would become the new Chief of Staff on Jan. 25, 2013.

… no matter who his companion was.

White House/Pete SouzaBo Obama runs alongside the President in an East Wing hallway on March 15, 2009.

And he was known for keeping a cool head even in the oddest of situations.


But he could turn up the heat when necessary, too.


Obama was never afraid to show a little emotion, whether it was his during his final presidential campaign rally …


… or in his final weeks as president.


He knew how important it was to honour civil rights history …

White House/Lawrence JacksonThe Obamas join hands with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., as they lead the walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches, in Selma, Ala., March 7, 2015.

… and to be a role model to young black men everywhere.

White House/Pete SouzaObama bends over so the son of a White House staff member can pat his head during a visit to the Oval Office on May 8, 2009 in Washington, DC.

Obama always knew when to show the love, whether it was with his daughters …


… or with his former rival-turned-secretary of state, Hillary Clinton …


… or even just with this very good boy.


Obama was known for his viral moments — remember when his tan suit broke the internet?


And like the rest of us, he swooned when Michelle got bangs.

White House/Pete SouzaThe President sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to the First Lady after greeting inaugural brunch guests in the Blue Room of the White House. Of course, the First Lady’s new hairstyle attracted a lot of attention on Jan. 27, 2013.

He even had to try them out for himself.


He had his fair share of awkward moments, too. Like that time he survived this complicated handshake.


And when he made this less-than-pleasant face with Putin.


And when he gave the limp-fish arm to Raul Castro.


But for the most part, Obama got along with just about everyone. And he always made time to pound it out —whether it was with soldiers …

White House/Pete SouzaIn this handout provide by the White House, Obama receives a fist-bump from a US soldier as he greets hundreds of troops during his visit to Camp Victory on April 7, 2009 in Baghdad, Iraq.

… or supporters …


… or the White House custodian.

White House/Pete SouzaObama fist-bumps custodian Lawrence Lipscomb in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building following the opening session of the White House Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth, Dec. 3, 2009.

In the words of the 44th president, “Obama out!”

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