Earlier today the White House released the Year in Photos by White House photographer Pete Souza. Every single one of them is my absolute favorite photo. Like, sorry wedding album. You had a nice run. Bye bye cute baby pictures. Try again next year. Nothing will be better than the POTUS casually dancing outside the Oval Office or doing the wave at a ball game, while being conspicuously ignored by his wife and daughters.
It’s hard, nay impossible, to pick a favorite but this shot of the president with George Clooney has me shewk!
Apparently, after having a meeting to discuss human rights the two decided to shoot some hoops on the White House court because, yes gawd!
Like, this is everything I’ve ever wanted in a photo but actually had no idea that I wanted. Two silver foxes hanging out, maxing, relaxing all cool and all, shooting some b-ball outside of White House.
Um, yes, please apparently.
This is a poster from a movie about two buddy diplomats who settle political disputes with alleyoops (look, it’s a slant rhyme. It’s fine; ask Lin-Manuel Miranda. It’s fine.) This movie is called Bring It On, Putin.
“Brr! It’s cold in here. There must be a dramatic shift in the atmosphere that has been gradually worsening over the last few decades. Climate change is real. This is a weird chant. Call your state and local representatives. Go Clovers!”
If this movie were on basic cable it would be called Slam Dunk Hunks but I feel awkward even typing that so let’s just move on actually.
Actually, can this just be the poster for every movie? Passengers starring George Clooney and President Barack Obama as two people who get rudely woken up on a spaceship by Chris Pratt and decide to play basketball for 90 years. Two thumbs up. Give it all the Oscars.
Fences starring President Barack Obama and George Clooney as two people who want to play basketball but can’t because the hoop is behind a fence. Obviously. Five stars. Viola Davis wins an Oscar. Just because.
Everything about this is my favorite. I never knew I had so many feelings about untucked dress shirts versus tucked dress shirts and yet here we are.
I love that President Obama plays basketball with his shirt fully tucked in and his tie barely loosened. Like, of course he does. He’s like James Bond and everyone’s dad combined. So, James Bond, basically.
His shirt, like me, is so pressed.
And I love that Clooney is just letting it all hang out. He’s 20 minutes from making this a shirts versus skins game. Here for it!
I love that they’re dressed so alike. They are wearing the official uniform of Happy Hour at every Dupont Circle bar. Like, it is a dream but it’s also every nightmare I’ve ever had, to be honest.
Pete Souza, the photograher, is a literal genius. I love the composition of this shot. I also love how Obama and Clooney are perfectly positioned to perform a few selections from the musical Side Show about conjoined twins Daisy and Violet. If you haven’t heard the star of Oh, Brother Where Art Thou? and the leader of the free world belt out “I Will Never Leave You” you haven’t lived.
Oh, I’m living for this.
I’m living for all of this.
I’m living for that lattice work in the background! Yes, I see you casually matching the color scheme of this photo, lattice work! You better serve monochromatic realness!
I’m living for that fact that neither one of these 50-plus men is breaking a sweat. This is the best ad for Centrum Silver I have ever seen. What do I need to do to achieve this? I’ll do it. Start going to Zumba? Drink more water? Stop eating buttercream icing straight from the tub? I’ll do it. For my country!
Oh, this is how I want to end my year. And every year. And my life. Legit, at my funeral just play a slideshow that’s this photo of Amal Clooney’s husband and Michelle Obama’s husband casually slaying a mid-afternoon pickup game over and over again while “I Was Here” by Beyonce blasts from the speakers. It’s going to be really confusing, but I’m committed to it. For my country!
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