TIME photographer Callie Shell documents the President’s historic start on the job

The President opens the door to the Oval Office for visitors.

This shot was taken in late January, shortly after Obama’s term began

The President stands behind his desk on January 21 (first day on the job)

obama_100days_06Obama stops to admire a painting in the Blue Room of the White House.jpg

obama_100days_07The President returns a chair to its place after a meeting in the Oval Office

Gibbs listens to Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel as Obama reads a document in the Oval Office on St. Patrick’s Day

The President often palms a football or basketball while thinking or during breaks between meetings with staff

The President checks the time before giving a nationally televised press conference on March 24

a weekend meeting in the Roosevelt Room

Military personnel applaud Obama and Biden after they depart a briefing inside the Pentagon

The President goes over changes he has made in a speech he will give to Congress with speechwriter Jon Favreau

Lawmakers greet the President before his joint address to Congress

A portrait of Ulysses S. Grant hangs in Obama’s private office, where he often adjourns in the evening to work

Obama handwrites answers to many of the letters himself

Obama allows his tie to be adjusted before the Governor’s Dinner

This arrangement displays the locations of the guests at a luncheon for television anchors

The President greets California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver before the Governor’s Dinner

Music at the Governor’s Dinner was provided by the group Earth, Wind and Fire

A staffer prepares Obama’s seating card at the Governor’s Dinner

The Obamas return to the residence after the Governor’s Dinner

This photograph was taken at the end of Obama’s first month in office

Senators Dick Durbin and Harry Reid talk with the President

During this meeting, the President asked each officer present his views

The economy and the Joint Session speech are the focus of this meeting

Biden works just outside the Oval Office

Biden and Obama share a light moment

The two men walk-and-talk in the colonnade outside the West Wing

Obama pauses during his first tour of the White House grounds to try out the local rim

On the night this photograph was taken, headlines focused on AIG and the bonuses it had distributed to its executives.

Michelle and Barack wait for a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen

The first course of a lunch waits for Obama in his private dining room

The window in the Blue Room overlooks the South Lawn

Obama drops in on a meeting between Biden and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev

The President travels to Denver, Colorado

Obama talks with members of his staff on board Air Force One

A table outside the residence provides a good place to take a call

Michelle and Carla discuss the moment when Michelle put her arm around the Queen, a breach of royal protocol.

Obama recounts a moment from his visit to London when a spectator grew excited at the sight of his personal aide

Former Czech President Vaclav Havel meets with Obama at the end of the European Union Summit

Delegation members confer with each other at a working lunch with Turkish President Abdullah Gul in Ankara

Dignitaries follow Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan into the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.

The President and his advisers catch up on the news aboard Air Force One.

In the doorway of the conference room aboard Air Force One, Obama confers with (left to right) Axelrod, Gibbs

Obama arrives at Baghdad Internataional Airport

Members of the US armed forces greet the President at Camp Victory in Baghdad

The soldiers take pictures of their special guest.


This photograph was taken two months into the President’s term

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