Photos of the Year: White House Photog Says Obama Not 'Disrespecting Office' with Feet Up

White House photographer Pete Souza released his top photos of 2014 -- with extended captions to explain why President Obama has his feet up on the coffee table and why it looks like staffers are bowing to the commander in chief.


For the above March 1 photo, Souza explains, "The President talks with some of his national security advisors before a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the situation in Ukraine. I'm sure there will be people quick to comment about his wearing casual clothes and having his feet on his coffee table. Let's keep perspective in mind: it was a Saturday, and a President is the President whether he's wearing a suit on a weekday or casual clothes on a weekend. And a President, any President, isn't disrespecting the office if he puts his feet on a table or a desk; he's just being relaxed."