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View from the other side of the Oval Office

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President Barack Obama meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron in the Oval Office of the White House, March 14, 2012.

Doug Mills / Pool via Reuters

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron talk during their Oval Office meeting at the White House, March, 14, 2012.

As a photographer, covering the White House often means crowding with a pool of journalists into a room for a very brief time - sometimes just a few minutes, and trying to capture the mood of a meeting between two world leaders before the real meeting actually begins. New York Times photographer Doug Mills, who was part of the White House pool today, captures the view from the other side. Can you imagine trying to act normal in front of all the cameras and microphones? I think both sides have an equal challenge.

Mills' colleague, Stephen Crowley, videotaped his experience during one of these pool spray events at the Oval office. You can see it on the New York Times' website.

See more images from Obama's fourth year in office in our slideshow below.

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The president's fourth year at the White House in pictures — follow along as it happens.