"2015 was a year of firsts," the White House writes in its "2015 in Review" post

By Tierney McAfee
Updated December 30, 2015 06:15 PM
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Credit: Courtesy The White House

As 2015 draws to a close, the White House is looking back on the past year and highlighting 12 “major moments” from its Instagram account.

From Barack and Michelle Obama‘s dance party with R2-D2, to the First Family’s trip to Selma for the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march, to a behind-the-scenes look at Obama with his anger translator Luther (a.k.a. Keegan-Michael Key), this is one New Year’s list you won’t want to miss. Check it out.

The First Family commemorates the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama:

Obama shows House of Cards‘ Frank Underwood how it’s done:

The president shares a laugh with Luther, his anger translator:

Obama makes a little girl’s dream come true when he visits South Dakota:

The White House is lit up with the colors of the rainbow to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples can marry in the U.S.:

Obama calls the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team to congratulate them on their World Cup victory:

Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to visit a federal prison:

The president takes over the White House Instagram account to share a selfie with Bear Grylls from their trip to Alaska:

Pope Francis visits Obama at the White House:

Obama plays with Ella the Elephant, the daughter of Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, in the Oval Office on Halloween:

The White House celebrates the passing of a historic deal to combat climate change:

The president and the First Lady get Star Wars fever and dance with R2-D2 and a stormtrooper at the White House:

“2015 was a year of firsts,” the White House writes in its “2015 in Review” post, “including new ways of engaging with our 1.5 million Instagram followers: We joined the Worldwide InstaMeet for the first time, where Americans from across the country traveled to D.C. to filter their way through the White House and share its history, art, and architecture with their followers – and the world.”

“The account also served as host to several ‘takeovers,’ from NASA during Astronomy Night, to Congressman John Lewis on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, to even President Obama himself sharing his favorite photos from his trip to the frontlines of climate change in Alaska with Bear Grylls.”

Sorry you missed these moments? Not to worry, the White House is gearing up to ” ‘gram its way through 2016.”