Obama Watch

Obama Watch
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 20, 2009

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden greet the delegation from the U.S. Conference of Mayors in the East Room on January 21, 2010 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama greets Little Brother of the Year, Anthony Saldana during an event to honor National Mentoring Month, in the East Room at the White House, on January 20, 2010 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. President Barack Obama visits with sixth grade students at the Graham Road Elementary School January 19, 2010 in Falls Church, Virginia. Following his meeting with students the President will deliver remarks on his ‘Race to the Top’ program and his request for an additional $1.35 billion in 2011 for the program.

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A waxwork of Michelle Obama is unveiled at Madame Tussauds next to a waxwork of her husband US President Barack Obama on January 19, 2010 in London, England. The First Lady joins the waxwork of her husband, US President Barack Obama, in the Setting of The Oval Office.

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US President Barack Obama makes remarks during the Let Freedom Ring Concert celebrating Martin Luther King Day on January 18, 2010 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama hugs Mable Harvey before hosting a conversation with a small group of African American seniors and their grandchildren on the legacy of the civil rights movement at the White House January 18, 2010 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. President Barack Obama hosts a conversation with a small group of African American seniors and their grandchildren on the legacy of the civil rights movement as First Lady Michelle Obama listens at the White House January 18, 2010 in Washington, DC.

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US President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia honor the Martin Luther King legacy by serving meals to the needy at a facility January 18, 2010 in Washington, DC.

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U.S President Barack Obama attends a rally for U.S. Senate democratic nominee Martha Coakley January 17, 2010 at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

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President Obama attends a church service at the Vermont Avenue Baptist Church in Washington D.C. on January 17, the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. Dr. King spoke at the church 42 years ago, months before his death.

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U.S. President Barack Obama waves to onlookers as he and first lady Michelle Obama prepare to get into their SUV after the couple dined January 16, 2010 in Northwest Washington, DC. January 17 is Michelle’s birthday and the couple joined numerous friends for a surprise birthday party away from the White House.

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President Barack Obama speaks as former President Bill Clinton (L) and former President George W. Bush® listen in the Rose Garden of the White House January 16, 2010.

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US President Barack Obama makes a statement on the Haitian earthquake at the White House in Washington with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Vice President Joe Biden, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

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President Barack Obama makes a statement on the earthquake in Haiti as Vice President Joseph Biden looks on at the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House January 13, 2010 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle walk out of the residence at the White House in Washington,DC on January 12, 2010 before departing to attend the funeral of Vice President Joe Biden’s mother Jean Finnegan Biden in Delaware.

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President Barack Obama makes a statement to reporters about green jobs and manufacturing on Jan. 8, 2010.

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President Barack Obama speaks on the attempted Christmas Day terrorist attack January 7, 2010 in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

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US President Barack Obama speaks during an event honoring educators for awards recieved for excellence in mathematics and science teaching and mentoring (STEM) in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2010.

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US President Barack Obama speaks in the Grand Foyer following a meeting with senior intelligence officials and cabinet members January 5, 2010 at the White House in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama walks with his daughters Malia and Sasha and first lady Michelle Obama as they arrive on the South Lawn of the White House on January 4, 2010 in Washington, DC.

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US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave as they board Air Force One at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2010.

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U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and his youngest daughter Sasha, 8, walk by the White-handed Gibbon exhibit at the Honolulu Zoo in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and his oldest daughter Malia, 11, walk by the White-handed Gibbon exhibit at the Honolulu Zoo in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010.

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Barack Obama has shave ice with his daughter Malia outside Island Snow store in Kailua, Hawaii, on January 1, 2010.

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US President Barack Obama has shave ice with his daughter Malia and Sasha outside Island Snow store in Kailua, Hawaii, on January 1, 2010.

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US President Barack Obama looks on as his daughter Maila gets her shave ice at Island Snow store in Kailua, Hawaii, on January 1, 2010.

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US President Barack Obama putts during a round of golf at the Mid Pacific Country Club in Kailua, Hawaii, on December 31, 2009. The First Family is on vacation.

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US President Barack Obama tees off on 10th hole while playing golf at the Mid Pacific Country Club in Kailua, Hawaii, on December 31, 2009.

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President Barack Obama speaks to the traveling media December 29, 2009 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Obama said both human and systematic failures allowed the foiled Christmas Day attack on Northwest flight 253 to take place.

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US President Barack Obama makes a statement on a failed bid to blow up a transatlantic airliner at the Marine Corp Base in Kailua, on Hawaii island, on December 28, 2009.

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US President Barack Obama visits the Pyramid Rock on his way back from golfing in Kanehoe, on Hawaii Island, December 26, 2009.

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President Obama leaves Alan Wong’s Restaurant after dining with family and friends on December 27, 2009 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at the Marine Corp Base mess hall to greet soldiers and their family member for Christmas in Kailua, Hawaii, on December 25, 2009.

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Malia Obama plays outside of their beachfront rental home during her Hawaiian vacation.

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Sasha, Malia and a friend have a blast in Hawaii on December 25.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk to the motorcade after being greeted in the traditional Hawaiian way upon their arrival at the Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 24, 2009 for Christmas vacation.

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US First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha arrive at the Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 24, 2009 for Christmas vacation.

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U.S. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their children Sasha and Malia disemark from Air Force One at Hickam Air Force Base on December 24, 2009 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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U.S. President Barack Obama greets well-wishers at Hickam Air Force Base on December 24, 2009 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha arrive to board the Air Force One at the Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on December 24, 2009 to leave for Hawaii for Christmas vacation.

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President Obama addresses the nation shortly after the senate passes the Health Care Bill while Vice-President Joe Biden looks on in Washington D.C on December 24, 2009

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with executives of a dozen community banks and Timothy Geithner, U.S. treasury secretary in Washington, D.C., on December 22, 2009.

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U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement on the SAVE (Securing Americans Value and Efficiency) program with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Gen. Eric Shinseki in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on December 21, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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US President Barack Obama bumps fists with a school children after reading Christams book ‘The Polar Express’ to an audience of elementary school children in Washington, DC, on December 21, 2009.

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US President Barack Obama reads Christams book ‘The Polar Express’ to an audience of elementary school children at the Richard England Clubhouse and Community Center in Washington, DC, on December 21, 2009.

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President Obama addresses health care reform in Washington D.C. after Democrats get the 60th vote they need to pass legislation. Dec. 19, 2009.

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President Obama speaks at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. Dec 18th, 2009.

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President Barack Obama makes a statement on health care reform after meeting with Senators on Dec. 15, 2009.

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President Barack Obama arrives to speak during a visit to Home Depot in Alexandria, Va.

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President Barack Obama arrives to speak during a visit to Home Depot in Alexandria, Va.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose with children dressed as elves during the Christmas in Washington celebration on December 13, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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Actors Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith stand on stage with Jaden Smith and Willow Smith during the Nobel Peace Prize Concert at Oslo Spektrum on December 11, 2009 in Oslo, Norway.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk across the South Lawn December 11, 2009 upon return to the White House in Washington, DC.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One at the Gardermoen Airport in Oslo on December 11, 2009 to leave Norway.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive to the Nobel Banquet in Oslo on December 10, 2009.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive to the Nobel Banquet in Oslo on December 10, 2009.

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US President Barack Obama poses with his diploma and medal during the Nobel Peace prize award ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo on December 10, 2009.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose with Norwegian Queen Sonja, King Harald, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon at the Royal Castle in Oslo on December 10, 2009 before the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony.

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President Barack Obama speaks about job creation and economic growth at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

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Recipients of the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors (L-R) Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, Robert DeNiro, and Bruce Springsteen are greeted by U.S. President Barack Obama © at the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors at an East Room reception in the White House December 6, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama listen to the national anthem during the 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors December 6, 2009 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

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US President Barack Obama greets a baby before delivering remarks on the economy at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on December 4, 2009.

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President Barack Obama tours the Allentown Metal Works with President and COO Michael McSully in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on December 4, 2009 as he kicks off his ‘White House to Main Street Tour’ that will take him to cities and towns across the country over the next couple months.

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President Barack Obama greets Santa Claus during the annual National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse December 3, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Sasha and Malia light the National Christmas Tree on December 03, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama, Malia, Sasha, Common, Jordan Sparks and Randy Jackson during The 2009 National Christmas Tree Lighting on December 03, 2009 at Presidents Park in Washington, DC.

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The National Christmas Tree is seen being lit by US President Barack Obama in Washington, DC.

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Barack Obama, Sasha, Malia, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Marian Robinson arrive at the annual National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on December 3 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Present Barack Obama speaks during a televised event from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in West Point, New York on December 1. President Obama said he’s deploying 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan by the middle of next year to protect ‘vital’ national interests and battle al-Qaeda terrorists.

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Cadets listen to U.S. Present Barack Obama (unseen) as he speaks during a televised event from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in West Point, New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009. President Obama said he’s deploying 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan by the middle of next year to protect ‘vital’ national interests and battle al-Qaeda terrorists.

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A red ribbon is hung at the North Portico of the White House to mark the coming of World AIDS Day November 30, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama watches along with Marian Robinson, first lady Michelle Obama, Sasha Obama, Craig Robinson and daughter Malia Obama during a college basketball game at George Washington University November 28, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama and his mother in law Marian Robinson watch a basketball game at George Washington University November 28, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama watches along with Marian Robinson, first lady Michelle Obama, Sasha Obama, Craig Robinson and daughter Malia Obama during a college basketball game at George Washington University November 28, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama stands next to his mother-in-law Marian Robinson, Sasha, and first lady Michelle Obama as they pack food for Thanksgiving at Martha’s Table, a food pantry in Washington on Nov. 25, 2009.

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President Barack Obama holds an unidentified child as he stands next to his mother-in-law Marian Robinson as they pack food for Thanksgiving at Martha’s Table, a food pantry in Washington on Nov. 25, 2009.

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President Barack Obama stands alongside a turkey named Courage as his daughters Malia, Sasha, and National Turkey Federation Chairman Walter Pelletier, pet the bird during the annual turkey pardoning ceremony for Thanksgiving on the North Portico of the White House in Washington, on November 25, 2009.

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Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur stand with President and First Lady Obama before the State Dinner at the North Portico of the White House.

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President Barack Obama listens to his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh addressing the first official State Dinner of Obama’s administration at the White House.

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President Barack Obama greets Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India during a State Arrival ceremony in the East Room of the White House, on November 24.

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White House Official State Dinner crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi shake hands with President Obama after getting inside due to a Secret Service mistake.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Awards ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington on November 23, 2009.

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President Barack Obama inspects the ‘Cougar Cannon,’ a robot that throws and catches balls and is intended to pick up and toss moon rocks, during an event highlighting several initiatives designed to boost science, technology, engineering and mathematics education at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House in Washington, DC, on November 23, 2009.

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US President Barack Obama speaks during a rally November 19, 2009 at Osan Air Base, south of Seoul.

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U.S. President Barack Obama tours the Great Wall in Badaling, China on Nov. 18, 2009.

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President Barack Obama takes part in a tour of the Forbidden City on November 17, 2009 in Beijing.

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resident Barack Obama (2nd L) walks beside Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) during a review of the honour guard welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 17, 2009.

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President Barack Obama during his arrival at Osan Air Base in Seoul, South Korea on Nov. 18, 2009.

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U.S. President Barack Obama takes his seat during a state dinner reception with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on November 17, 2009.

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President Barack Obama takes part in a tour of the Forbidden City on November 17, 2009 in Beijing.

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US President Barack Obama is greeted by Chinese President Hu Jintao after his arrival at the Diaoyutai state guest house in Beijing on November 16, 2009.

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President Barack Obama arrives in Beijing from Shanghai on Air Force One on November 16, 2009.

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U.S. President Barack Obama waves upon his arrival at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan on Nov. 13, 2009.

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President Barack Obama sits alone and reads in the Rose Garden of the White House. November 9, 2009.

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President Barack Obama greets troops at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska en route to Tokyo on November 12, 2009.

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US President Barack Obama talks with military personnel upon arrival on Air Force One at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska on November 12, 2009.

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resident Barack Obama makes a statement to the press on the economy in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House November 12, 2009.

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President and First Lady Obama lay a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery on November 11, 2009.

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President Barack Obama (L) and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at Andrews Air Force Base, MD, November 10, 2009. Obama joins this shaken military community Tuesday in mourning victims of a bloody rampage amid growing questions about the chief suspect’s links to militant Islam.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pay their respects to the fallen soldiers and civilians at Ill Corps Headquarters at Fort Hood Army Base on November 10, 2009 during a memorial service for the soldiers and civilians killed in a shooting rampage on November 5.

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U.S. President Barack Obama pauses for a moment of silence after placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns during a Veterans Day full honor ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery November 11, 2009 in Arlington, Virginia. Obama delivered remarks at the cemetery amphitheater after laying the wreath.

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President Barack Obama makes a surprise video address in front of the Brandenburg Gate on November 9, 2009 marking the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Barack Obama walks from the West Wing of the White House to make a statement to the media about the House of Representatives’ late night vote to pass their version of healthcare reform legislation on November 8, 2009

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President Barack Obama, followed by his daughter Sasha, salutes as he walks off Marine One to the White House November 8, 2009.

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President Barack Obama walks to Marine One with his mother-in-law Marian Robinson, daughters Sasha and Malia and First Lady Michelle Obama as they prepare to depart the White House in on November 7, 2009 for Camp David.

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President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of Interior November 5, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama celebrate classical music in the East Room of the White House November 4, 2009. The event was part of a series of musical performances: jazz, country and Latin music.

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President Barack Obama listens as Sweden’s Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt (not pictured) speaks during meetings in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, November 2, 2009.

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resident Barack Obama shakes hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during meetings in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, November 3, 2009.

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President Barack Obama (2nd L) walks down the West Wing Colonnade alongside Sweden’s Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt®, President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso (2nd R), and the European Council High Representative Javier Solana (L), to the Cabinet Room for meetings during the US – European Union Summit at the White House in Washington, DC, November 3, 2009.

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President Barack Obama signs the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009, Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington. Behind him are various lawmakers and Jeanne White-Ginder, mother of Ryan White, second right. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. is at right.

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President Barack Obama speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, before signing the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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The First Lady, dressed as a cat woman, and President hosted a Halloween bash at the White House for schoolchildren and military families. Michelle hands out sweets to students from D.C., Maryland and Virginia schools.

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President Barack Obama names Dr. Regina M. Benjamin the new Surgeon General on October 31, 2009.

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President Barack Obama speaks during a gubernatorial campaign rally for New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine (L) November 1, 2009 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

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US President Barack Obama salutes during the dignified transfer of Sergeant Dale R. Griffin of Terre Haute, Indiana, at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, October 29, 2009.

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President Obama waits patiently backstage before delivering remarks at a reception for his friend and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick at the Westin Copley Place hotel in Boston on Oct. 23, 2009.

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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, sit for a family portrait in the Green Room of the White House.

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President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have lunch in the Oval Office Dining Room of the White House on Oct. 22, 2009. We’re guessing the conversation included health care.

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President Barack Obama greets employees as he visits Metropolitan Archives facility in Landover, Md., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, where he announced a package of initiatives that will increase credit to small businesses.

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President Barack Obama jogs past boxes on his way to deliver remarks during a Small Business Administration event at the Metropolitan Archives in Hyattsville, Md. on Oct. 21.

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White House staff, interns and reporters gather on the South Lawn of the White House to watch President Barack Obama’s Marine One departure en route to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Oct. 21.

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President Barack Obama talks with Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., after they arrived in Newark, N.J., Wednesday, October 21, 2009. At center is New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine.

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President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki shake hands after their meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009.

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Visitors at the White House taking the Fall Garden Tour pass by the Oval Office as President Obama talks on the phone with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on Oct. 17.

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President Barack Obama chats with Tyren Scott, 9, of Paulina, Louisiana, during his visit to a town hall meeting on October 15, 2009 at the University of New Orleans.

President Obama promised he would not forget the lingering misery of the people in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans.

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President Obama applauds a student who had just sung a song to him at Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School in New Orleans.

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The President receives a red shawl from Sri Narayanachar Digalakote, a Hindu priest from Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, located in Lanham, Md., in the Blue Room of the White House, as part of the Diwali festival of lights ceremony on Oct. 14, 2009.

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It was an exciting moment to meet the President, one that many of these children from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in New Orleans, will never forget.

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President Barack Obama makes remarks about the Recovery Act during his second tour of the Fairfax County Parkway extension project in Springfield, VA. on Oct. 14.

The President said this is one of more than 60 highway projects planned in the state and one of 5,000 across the U.S. that are under construction. Funding partially under the Recovery Act.

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Students reach out to shake hands with President Obama during his visit to the Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School on October 15 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This is Mr. Obama’s first visit as president. He has since faced claims that this brief visit failed to live up to the promises he made to the hurricane-torn city while campaigning to be President last year.

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President Obama, and first lady Michelle Obama are introduced before performances celebrating Hispanic musical heritage on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Also in attendance were Marc Anthony, Eva Longoria Parker, Jimmy Smits, Pete Escovedo, Gloria Estefan, José Feliciano, George Lopez, Thalía, Tito “El Bambino”, the Bachata music group Aventura, and the Chicano rock band Los Lobos, with Sheila E. leading the house band. Renowned Latin American chef, Maricel Presilla, will serve as guest chef and worked with White House kitchen staff at Fiesta Latina

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President Barack Obama bows with Hindu Priest Sri Narayanachar Digalakote in the East Room of the White House on Oct. 14, after lighting an oil lamp in observation of Diwali, or the “Festival of Lights,” a holiday celebrated across India.

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Students hold out their hands to meet and greet President Obama during his visit to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in New Orleans on Oct. 15, 2009.

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“I want all of you to know that the most important thing you can do for yourselves and for your community and for your country is to work hard in school and to treat each other with respect — and treat yourself with respect,” said President Obama during a visit to the Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School on October 15 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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President Barack Obama meets with (from left to right) Senior Advisor Pete Rouse, Communications Director Anita Dunn and Deputy Chief of Staff Mona Sutphen in the Oval Office on October 13 .

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President Barack Obama speaks at the Rose Garden on October 9 after he won the Nobel Peace Prize. A surprised and humbled President Obama said he doubted he deserved to be honored alongside luminaries who had won the award.

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The President and his wife Michelle and Science Advisor John Holdren looks through a telescope during an event for local middle school students to star gaze and conduct hands-on experiments at the White House on October 7.

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The First Lady and President Barack Obama leave the Blue Duck Tavern on October 3, 2009 in Washington DC. The Obama’s celebrated their seventeenth wedding anniversary today.

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The Obamas and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley chatted up IOC members after the Chicago 2016 bid presentation during the 121st International Olympic Committee session at the Bella Center on October 2, 2009 in Copenhagen. Alas, Chicago was the first out of the running followed by Madrid and Tokyo and with Rio de Janeiro winning the top prize.

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International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge shakes hands with President Obama after Chicago’s bid was presented for the 2016 Olympics.

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The President smiles beside Chicago 2016 Chairman CEO Patrick Ryan and Memebr of the Chicago 2016 bid team US Anita Defrantz on October 2, 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark

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The Obamas came out strong at the Chicago 2016 Olympics presentation on October 2, 2009 at the Bella Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark. They were there to make sure the First Lady’s hometown won the bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games.

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On his way to visit to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus, President Barack Obama announced $5 billion in grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to fund cutting-edge medical research in every state across America.

“We know that this kind of investment will also lead to new jobs: tens of thousands of jobs conducting research, manufacturing and supplying medical equipment, and building and modernizing laboratories and research facilities,” said President Obama.

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The President shakes hands with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen while the two met in the Oval Office on September 29 to discuss new strategy for the war in Afghanistan.

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The First Family and relatives including the President’s sister, brother-in-law and nieces, took a brisk walking tour of the Jefferson Memorial on September 27, 2009. It’s the President’s first visit to the memorial since taking office nine months ago.

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President Barack Obama looks on as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas greet each other during a trilateral meeting at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel September 22 in New York City. The President is meeting with the two leaders in an attempt to restart peace talks.

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Ms. Michelle Obama hands the family dog Bo to her husband President Barack Obama on September 26, 2009.

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President Obama makes remarks at United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s summit on climate change at the U.N. headquarters September 22 in New York City. The summit focusing on harmful global emissions is coinciding with the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

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While in New York City at the United Nations, President Obama chaired a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Sept. 24, 2009.

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Enjoying a morning jog with body man Reggie Love by his side, President Obama squeezes in time for his daily workout while in New York for a number of meetings.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wait to receive guests at the G-20 summit dinner in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009.

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“Now is the time to enact health insurance reform in the United States of America. Now is the time to offer stability and security to Americans who have insurance. Now is the time to make it affordable for those who don’t have health insurance. Now is the time to slow the growth of health care costs for our families, and business, our government. That’s the kind of reform that we need,” said President Obama with his wife Michelle, after speaking at the annual Congressional Black Caucus Phoenix Awards ceremony in Washington on September 26, 2009.

Joining him are the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation chairman Rep. Kendrick Meek and Black Caucus chair Rep. Barbara Lee.

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President Obama shares camera time with former President Bill Clinton after speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 22.

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The President and First Lady arrive at the annual Congressional Black Caucus Phoenix Awards ceremony in Washington on September 26, 2009.

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama depart U.N. headquarters after the Commander-in-Chief delivered his speech during the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 23, 2009.

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President Obama delivers his first address to the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters September 23, 2009, in New York City. In the speech the President called for a new era in world relations.

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The President and First Lady walk towards Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, on Thursday, Sept. 24. en route to the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh.

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Even while out of town, as seen here in New York City, the President makes sure to get his proper exercise.

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President Obama addresses crowd at the Clinton Global Initiative on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembely in New York on September 22. A few celebrities were on hand to hear him speak, including Alicia Keys and former star of “The Nanny,” Fran Drescher.

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President Barack Obama and the First Lady welcome British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah as they arrive for the G-20 summit dinner in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009.

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The Commander-in-Chief shares a few laughs with David Letterman during an appearance on the TV show host’s late-night show on September 21.

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In what some have noted to be a rather lackluster greeting, President Barack Obama shakes hands with New York Gov. David Paterson after arriving at Albany International Airport in Colonie, New York, on Monday, September 21.

The President was on his way to Troy, New York, to tour a technology classroom and give a speech on the economy at Hudson Valley Community College.

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“…while the people of this city work hard to meet their responsibilities, some in Washington haven’t always lived up to theirs,” said the President while speaking about the economy at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York.

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watch a judo demonstration during an event on the South Lawn of the White House promoting the city of Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics September 16, 2009, in Washington, D.C.

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President Obama spoke at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) dinner on September 16.

“Michelle and I are so pleased to be here among such good friends,” said the President.

“I want to congratulate Marc Anthony, not only because it’s his birthday but also because he’s being honored tonight as an artist who has shared not only his music but his heritage with all of us.”

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Mr. Obama lovingly kisses his wife, Michelle Obama, as they arrive at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 32nd Annual Awards Gala in Washington, D.C., on September 16, 2009.

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The President spoke with workers at the Lordstown Complex General Motors Plant in Warren, Ohio, on September 15.

“It is good to be back in Ohio, and it’s good to be at one of GM’s flagship plants with all of you,” said Mr. Obama. “I just finished having a productive discussion with some of your coworkers about the challenges you’re facing, both here and in your communities, and how we can meet them. As long as you’ve still got an ounce of fight left in you, I’ll have a ton of fight left in me.”

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The President and Mrs. Obama went to a Habitat For Humanity housing project in Deanwood, a neighborhood in northeast Washington, D.C., where they visited a three-home development that will be completed at the beginning of next year.

They took them on a tour of the project then they went into one of the houses, where Mr. Obama used a roller to paint a wall while Mrs Obama took care of a corner with a brush. The paint was a shade called “cool platinum.”

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The President and First Lady paint in a house being built by Habitat for Humanity on September 11 in Washington, D.C. In observance of the eighth anniversary of 9/11, the Obamas participated in the community service activity after attending a moment of silence for 9/11 victims on the South Lawn of the White House.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama observe a moment of silence to mark the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks September 11, 2009.

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“I am not the first President to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last,” said President Obama while addressing a joint session of the U.S. Congress at the Capitol.

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President Barack Obama addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress at the U.S. Capitol on September 9 to urge passage of his national health care plan, the centerpiece of his domestic agenda.

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First Lady Michelle Obama arrived in the House chamber with Vicki Kennedy, the wife of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA), and Jill Biden, the wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, before they all listened to the President address member of Congress about the passage of his national health care plan.

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“We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it,” said the President seen here embracing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. “I still believe we can act even when it’s hard. I still believe we can replace acrimony with civility, and gridlock with progress. I still believe we can do great things, and that here and now we will meet history’s test.”

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Three of the four members of the First Family (where’s little Sasha?) walk across the South Lawn on September 6 after arriving at the White House from spending a few days at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland.

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President Obama hosts a dinner recognizing the religious observance of Ramadan in the State Dining Room of the White House on September 1.

This is Mr. Obama’s first state dinner celebrating the Muslim holiday and is part of an effort to rebuild diplomatic relations with Islamic nations.

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are interviewed by Time Magazine’s Managing Editor Rick Stengel at the White House.

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Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President George W. Bush, former first lady Laura Bush, and President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama® attend funeral services for US Senator Edward Kennedy at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston on August 29, 2009.

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President Barack Obama hugs Rep. Patrick Kennedy, before giving the eulogy during the funeral of late Senator Edward Kennedy in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston on August 29, 2009.

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US President Barack Obama © and family ride their bicycles along the Lobsterville beach on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 27, 2009.

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President Obama visits a lighthouse during sightseeing with First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha and other friends on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 27, 2009.

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President Obama takes out his daughters Malia and Sasha to shop in the Alleys general store on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 30, 2009.

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President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle walk on the South Lawn with their children Malia and Sasha upon return to the White House August 30, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama (L) leaves after putting at the 9th hole at the Mink Meadows Golf Course in Vineyard Haven on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 25, 2009. After a brutal seven months facing economic blight, rising trouble abroad and fighting for an increasingly under-fire agenda, Obama and the First family are on a week-long vacation on the exclusive island of Martha’s Vineyard.

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President Barack Obama is all smiles with Maila and Sasha as they wait for their order of lunch at Nancy’s restaurant in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 26, 2009.

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President, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Maila and Sasha wait for their order of lunch at the Nancy’s fast food restaurant in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard.

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President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Maila and Sasha order lunch at the Nancy’s fast food restaurant in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard on August 26, 2009.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at the Sweet Life cafe for dinner in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 25, 2009.

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US President Barack Obama walks after teeing off at the Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 24, 2009. The US First family are on a week-long vacation on the exclusive island of Martha’s Vineyard.

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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha arrive in Martha’s Vineyard. The First family are on a week-long vacation on the exclusive island of Martha’s Vineyard in Masschusetts.

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US President Barack Obama walks to make a statement over the death of US Senator Edward Kennedy at the Blue Heron Farm in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 26, 2009.

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The President speaks into the mic as he is interviewed by radio show host Michael Smerconish during a live broadcast from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on August 20. The President also took questions from a few call-in audience members.

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President Obama poses for pictures with 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson (right) during a South Portico event at the White House on August 19. The President hosted the NASCAR champion and other drivers to honor their accomplishment in the chase.

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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak speaks with President Obama duirng a meeting in the Oval Office on August 18, 2009.

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President Barack Obama arrives on stage with Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Commander-in-Chief Glen Gardner (right)to address the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention on August 17, at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

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US President Barack Obama (L) and First Lady Michelle Obama (2nd R) walk off MArine One with their daughters Malia® and Sasha as they return the the White House in Washignton on August 17, 2009.

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Returning to the White House with his family including daughter Sasha, on August 17, President Obama strolls towards the White House. The family spent the last 3 days out of town, including a visit to the Grand Canyon National Park.

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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and family members tour Powell Point at Grand Canyon National Park August 16, 2009 in Arizona.

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President Barack Obamahugs actor Sidney Poitier after presenting him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House on August 12, 2009.

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President Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to civil rights leader and his inauguration participant Reverend Joseph E. Lowery at the White House.

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US President Barack Obama high-fives his daughter Malia as First Lady Michelle Obama looks on while touring Hopi Point at Grand Canyon National Park August 16, 2009 in Arizona.

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