A series of official White House photographs brought together by Vanity Fair show the 'lean-back' nature of Barack Obama's presidency.
The pictures reveal that Mr Obama often exhibits relaxed body language in stressful situations, with legs crossed and a knee raised.
Most noticeable of all, the president often has his feet up on his desk. But this is not just any desk - the Resolute desk was given to President Rutherford B. Hayes by Queen Victoria in 1880.
Solemn proceedings: Obama hoofs up on the priceless Resolute desk while discussing matters of state with advisers Tom Donilon, Jack Lew, Denis McDonough in November 2012
Knee-up: The president makes a point during a terrorist-threat briefing in May 2010 after the attempted car bombing in Times Square
Different table, same attitude: Obama chats to advisers in the Oval Office in May 2010
Lean-back: Obama swings on his chair in the Roosevelt Room in the West Wing of the White House
Getting some rays: The president enjoys the sun in the Rose Garden
In the pictures President Obama can be seen discussing affairs of the state with his advisers and counselors.
Yet whether they are debating tragic events or vital economic policy, the president is often more reclined than those around him.
When talking about the Newtown shootings, foreign policy in Egypt or Libya, or in deficit-reduction talks Obama can be seen with his legs crossed or his head in his hands.
But most frequently the president has his feet on the famous Resolute desk in the Oval Office.
Sealed: Obama makes an agreement with his feet on the Resolute desk
Bad news? Obama puts his feet up during the debt-limit and deficit-reduction discussions on July 30, 2011
Heels up: During more economic talks in 2011
Odd one out: Obama is the only one with his knee up as the room listens to Joe Biden's advice on the response to the Newtown shootings
Head on hands: Obama reacts during a high-level meeting
Recline position: Obama leans back while meeting advisers on New Year's Day 2012
A plaque on the front of the desk explains that the H.M.S. Resolute was abandoned in the Arctic in 1852.
The vessel was then 'discovered and extricated' by American whaler Captain Buddington in September 1855.
Resolute was then refurbished and sent to Britain as a 'token of goodwill and friendship' from the president and people of the United States.
When the ship was broken up, Queen Victoria sent a desk made out of its timbers back to the U.S. as a 'memorial of the courtesy and loving kindness which dictated the offer of the gift of the "Resolute"'
Franklin Roosevelt had a door built in the desk to stop people seeing his legbraces. The Resolute was first moved into the Oval Office by Jackie Kennedy in 1961.
Lean: Obama doesn't seem to be enjoying this planning meeting in 2009
Stretching out: Obama grins with his feet on the table
Support: The president props himself up during a meeting
Good advice: Obama receives his counselors in the Oval Office
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