2011 Year in Review: Top Photos from the White House Flickr Feed
May 1, 2011:Â President Obama and his top national security aides gathered in the White HouseÂ Situation RoomÂ receive minute-by-minute updatesÂ about the Navy SEAL operation in Pakistan that ended with theÂ death of Osama bin Laden.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. Seated, from left, are: Brigadier General Marshall B. “Brad” Webb, Assistant Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command; Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Standing, from left, are: Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; National Security Advisor Tom Donilon; Chief of Staff Bill Daley; Tony Binken, National Security Advisor to the Vice President; Audrey Tomason Director for Counterterrorism; John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Please note: a classified document seen in this photograph has been obscured. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
September 11, 2011: President ObamaÂ takes a moment to reflect at theÂ newly opened September 11 memorialin New York on the tenth anniversary of the attacks. The memorial features two reflecting pools built over the towers’ footprints where the names of the victims are etched in bronze
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, along with former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, pause at the North Memorial Pool of the National September 11 Memorial in New York, N.Y., on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks against the United States, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. The North Memorial pool sits in the footprint of the north tower, formerly 1 World Trade Center. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
President Barack Obama meets with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama in the Map Room of the White House. July 16, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
July 15, 2011:Â Norman Rockwell’s iconic painting “The Problem We All Live With,” depicting the desegregation of New Orleans schools,Â hangs in the West Wing at President Obama’s request.Â Ruby Bridges, the girl portrayedÂ in the image,Â joined the PresidentÂ to see how a painting commemorating this personal and historic milestone looks hanging onÂ the wall outside of the Oval Office.
President Barack Obama, Ruby Bridges, and representatives of the Norman Rockwell Museum view Rockwell’s “The Problem We All Live With,” hanging in a West Wing hallway near the Oval Office, July 15, 2011. Bridges is the girl portrayed the painting. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
July 17, 2011:Â The First Family enjoys someÂ time togetherÂ as they watch the Women’s World CupÂ Final between the U.S. and Japan from the Treaty Room of the White House.
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters Sasha and Malia watch the World Cup soccer game between the U.S. and Japan, from the Treaty Room office in the residence of the White House. July 17, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The tip off of an NCAA Men’s Basketball game between the University of North Carolina and Michigan State University on board the USS Carl Vinson at North Island Naval Station in San Diego, Calif., Nov. 11, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
December 11, 2011:Â President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, right, sit for a family portrait in the Oval Office.Â See their last family portrait here.
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, right, sit for a family portrait in the Oval Office, Dec. 11, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
October 14, 2011:Â President Obama visits the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. The newest monument on the National Mall opened in August, but theÂ dedication ceremonyÂ was delayed due to Hurricane Irene, and took place a few days after the President’s visit.
President Barack Obama tours the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C., Oct. 14, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
First Lady Michelle Obama talks with former South African President Nelson Mandela about his book during a visit at Mandela’s home in Houghton, South Africa, June 21, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)
President Barack Obama talks on the phone with President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt in the Oval Office, Jan. 28, 2011. Vice President Joe Biden listens at left, and the President’s National Security team confer in the background. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)