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“We were on a freight elevator headed to one of the Inaugural Balls on Jan. 20, 2009. It was quite chilly, so the President 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.”  —Pete Souza

In a TIME exclusive, Chief White House photographer Pete Souza offers his personal edit and recollections on President Obama’s first term.

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    Pete Souza is a huge part of why the American people. especially my generation, feel so personally connected to the...
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    Awkward, awkward, awkward.
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