As the presidency of Barack Obama comes to a close, we are sharing a photo essay 'The Loneliest Job' by Associated Press photographer and Asia-Pacific Regional Photo Editor Charles Dharapak.
It is said that being President of the United States is the loneliest job in the world. The roar of campaign crowds a distant echo, the calls for hope and change have been replaced by the sober business of governing and tough decisions.
From 2008 until 2014, Dharapak covered President Obama and was named "Photographer of the Year” by The White House News Photographers Association in 2012. Below is Dharapak's photo essay.
Photos by Charles Dharapak