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Barack Obama in Boston: a photographic look back

From candidate to president

The 44th president was a regular visitor to Boston during the past eight or so years, starting even before he was the Democratic nominee in 2008. Here’s a photographic look back on the last day of the Obama administration.


In December 2007, he was just candidate Obama, junior senator from Illinois and rather a long shot for the nation’s highest office.

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Obama with other dignitaries at the August 2009 funeral of Sen. Ted Kennedy at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston’s Mission Hill.

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By late 2013, Obama was in his second term. Here then-Mayor Tom Menino greets him as he exits Air Force One at Logan.

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Obama speaks at Faneuil Hall, also in 2013, about his signature domestic policy achievement, the Affordable Care Act.

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The president at an interfaith service following the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013. With him are first lady Michelle Obama, then-Gov. Deval Patrick, Diane Patrick, and Angela Menino, wife of then-Mayor Menino.

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Obama greeted first responders and marathon volunteers during that April 2013 visit. Here he’s talking with Tom Grilk, then-executive director of the Boston Athletic Association.

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The president works the line during an early second-term visit.