The Obamas took a photograph of themselves in the Oval Office, but it wasn’t the president, a photojournalist who had the photos taken said.
The image was taken during the president’s first press conference of his presidency, a day after he was elected to a second term, the photographer told ABC News.
It was taken from a photo album that was not available at the time of the first one, the photojournalists said.
The president’s aides had taken a photo, and the aides used a copy of the photo album, according to the photographers.
It was the first time the Obamas had been photographed in the White House since they took office in 2009.
In the photo, the president is wearing a tie with the president seal in the middle.
The image was shot with a Nikon D810 camera.
The photojournalism team had been trying to obtain the photo for months, according the photographers, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the photo.
A source with knowledge of the situation told ABC that the photographer and his crew were approached by White House press secretary Josh Earnest, who told them that the president had taken the photo and that it was a private photo.
But the photo was never officially released, said the photographer.
The source also said the president never had any involvement in the process.
It is unclear how the photo came to be available for the public.