Intimate photographs of a president at work and play

When it comes to his first lady, Barack Obama is quite happy to wear his heart on his sleeve.

In one of a series of intimate images released by the White House, the US leader – who once advised American men to 'go big' on Valentine's Day – lives up to his romantic reputation by whirling Michelle around before a concert.

Presumably he was hoping to get his wife in the mood for the event at the presidential mansion honouring legendary songwriting partners Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

The first couple share a few tender moments in the Blue Room of the White House ahead of a concert honouring songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David 

The Obamas welcome their predecessors former President George W Bush and his wife Laura to a ceremony unveiling the Bushes' official portraits 

Hosting a lunch for members of the Bush family including former first lady Barbara Bush and former President George H W Bush 

Prime Minister David Cameron was the guest of the US leader during the G8 Summit at Camp David 

The two politicians were on the way to a working session focused on global and economic issues in the dining room of Laurel Cabin at Camp David 

Unwinding over a game of pool after his VIP guests have gone home 

A lunch of hoagies or submarine sandwiches with congressional leaders in the Oval Office's private dining room 

Congratulating cadets as they receive their diplomas during a ceremony at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs 

The president welcomes service members and their families to a 3D screening of Men in Black 3 in the White House Family Theatre 

An Air Force One celebration for the birthday of Bloomberg White House correspondent Julianna Goldman 

Michelle touches the Hokie Stone, a slab explaining the history of the building, before walking onto the field at Lane Stadium to give an address at the Virginia Tech university 

Greeting the family of fallen Vietnam veteran Specialist Leslie H Sabo at a postumous Medal of Honor ceremony, recognising his bravery 42 years previously 

 Betty White discovers she has a fan in the Oval Office 

A special greeting for a young member of the Zion Baptist Church Children's Choir before the Easter Prayer Breakfast in the Blue Room 

The first lady joins children in making Mother’s Day gifts in the State Dining Room of the White House