Slideshow: Barack Obama, alone with chairs

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    Slideshow: Barack Obama, alone with chairs

    Barack Obama, alone with chairs
    It can be lonely at the top. But as long as these chairs are around, the president is never really alone. Here, he sits on the patio outside the Oval Office in April 2011.

    Official White House photo by Pete Souza

    Slideshow: Barack Obama, alone with chairs

    "I'm gonna count to 10, and then you'd better give me back that START treaty," Obama said to this chair, probably, from the Outer Oval Office in December 2010.

    Official White House photo by Pete Souza

    Slideshow: Barack Obama, alone with chairs

    Obama stands in the Outer Oval Office as Cabinet Room chairs look on in January 2010.

    Official White House photo by Pete Souza

    Slideshow: Barack Obama, alone with chairs

    President Barack Obama and these chairs wait in the Blue Room prior to a prime time press conference in July 2009.

    Official White House photo by Lawrence Jackson

    Slideshow: Barack Obama, alone with chairs

    "And stay out! Who let that wicker chair in here?" Obama is likely asking as he takes a phone call in the Oval Office in March 2010.

    Official White House photo by Pete Souza

    Slideshow: Barack Obama, alone with chairs

    Obama signs books for eager chairs after a discussion on women and the economy in a Seattle home in October 2010.

    Official White House photo by Pete Souza

    Slideshow: Barack Obama, alone with chairs

    The president leans on a chair as he waits in the Green Room before a summit on Community Colleges in October 2010.

    Official White House photo by Pete Souza

    Slideshow: Barack Obama, alone with chairs

    "You look fine," the chairs in the White House Green Room reassure the president as he looks in a mirror before a June 2009 event.

    Official White House photo by Pete Souza

    Slideshow: Barack Obama, alone with chairs

    "I know you guys want to watch the game, but Gibbs is speaking," the President reportedly said to these chairs as he watched Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' first press briefing in January 2009.

    Official White House photo by Pete Souza

    Slideshow: Barack Obama, alone with chairs

    There are many chairs in the sea, Obama learns as he tries out different desk chairs in the Oval Office in January 2009.

    Official White House photo by Pete Souza

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Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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