55 pictures of President Obama discovering his inner child for his 55th birthday 55 pictures of President Obama discovering his inner child for his 55th birthday
Happy birthday, President Obama! The 44th president turns 55 Thursday — his final birthday in office. He’s a Leo, and, incidentally, Leos are ambitious,... 55 pictures of President Obama discovering his inner child for his 55th birthday

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Happy birthday, President Obama!

The 44th president turns 55 Thursday — his final birthday in office.

He’s a Leo, and, incidentally, Leos are ambitious, magnetic, and love being center stage — which sound like qualifications for the nation’s top job.

On his birthday, Obama is set to hold a press conference after a National Security Council meeting to discuss the fight against ISIS.

Perhaps sometime between these events, Obama will have time for some cake.

In the meantime, celebrate 44’s 55th with pictures of him doing one of the things he does best: kissing babies and embracing his inner child.

The president is more amused than his young mohawked friend.

The president is more amused than his young mohawked friend.

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Obama greets one of his youngest fans in Prague in 2009.

Obama greets one of his youngest fans in Prague in 2009.

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Similarly sassy expressions.

Similarly sassy expressions.

Joy and babies in Las Vegas.

Joy and babies in Las Vegas.

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Three happy participants at the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House’s South Lawn.

Three happy participants at the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House's South Lawn.

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This baby got a little cheeky with the president.

This baby got a little cheeky with the president.

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This kid will never take off that cast.


“What do you mean you didn’t vote for me?!” he did not actually say.

"What do you mean you didn't vote for me?!" he did not actually say.

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A sleepy young Iowan rests his head on the president’s shoulder.

A sleepy young Iowan rests his head on the president's shoulder.

Obama puffs out his cheeks to amuse an infant visitor to the Oval Office.

The president carefully inspects a classroom in Georgia.

The signature fist-bump.


This baby gives Obama a fist-bump of his own.

Getting up close and personal with presidential duck face.

Getting up close and personal with presidential duck face.

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Keeping pace with children running through the White House.

Abraham Lincoln watches in approval as the president and a young girl hug in the Oval Office.

A young Ohio boy splits some strawberry pie with the POTUS.

The president said this shot of him and a pint-sized Spider-Man was his favorite of 2012.


A quick game of hoops in Missouri Valley, Iowa.

Cool dad.

Cool dad.

White House Flickr/Pete Souza

Obama circles his desk with a petite pink pal in hot pursuit.

It’s hard to say who looks more dapper.

The president fills in as coach for his daughter Sasha’s basketball game.

Skeptical infants peer at the POTUS through a window.

Obama hoists his young pal.

A staring contest aboard Air Force One.

President Pied Piper.

Holding House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s granddaughter in California.

Blowing dandelions at Martha’s Vineyard.


An adorable tie-wearing baby visits the White House.

The president embraces a young girl during a 2011 visit to Ireland.

Sharing secrets.

First lady Michelle Obama persuades her husband to join the dancing in Mumbai, India.

The president greeting some Estonian schoolgirls.

The president at the heart of the La Follette Lancers’ huddle in Madison, Wisconsin.

Spelling out “Ohio” with some of the state’s happiest residents.

Trick or treat!

The president and his daughters celebrate the arrival of Bo, one of their Portuguese water dogs.

The president and his daughters celebrate the arrival of Bo, one of their Portuguese water dogs.

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The POTUS casually greets a family at Stonehenge.

The president hoists a baby into the air during a visit to Japan.


A young boy reaches up to touch the president’s hair.

Secret secrets.

Secret secrets.

White House Flickr/Pete Souza

One White House staffer is extra excited about this encounter.

One White House staffer is extra excited about this encounter.

White House Flickr/Pete Souza

This is Lincoln Rose Pierce Smith, the daughter of former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith.

This is Lincoln Rose Pierce Smith, the daughter of former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith.

White House Flickr/Pete Souza

The president also fits in with a slightly older crowd.

Obama says hello to a set of twins on the South Lawn.

The president lets this first-grader touch up his hairdo.

Nice baby face.

A presidential cheek pinch.

POTUS reaching out to a younger fan.

You’ve got something on your face.

You've got something on your face.

Flickr/White House

In his most natural state.

In his most natural state.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Hi! (Or bye!)

Hi! (Or bye!)

Flickr/The White House


Henry Okafor

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