President Obama's year in photos

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President Barack Obama plays in the snow with his daughters around the White House.

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President Obama and Bill Clinton talk before an impromptu news conferece.

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President Obama jokes around with First Lady Michelle Obama in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House.

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President Obama punches his fists in the air as he stops in his chief of staff's office to monitor thier progress in lobbying members of Congress to vote for the health care bill.

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Before a prayer breakfast, the President Obama meet privately with clergy members in the Blue Room at the White House.

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President makes phone calls in the Oval Office to continue pressing Congressmen to vote for the health care reform bill.

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he President and First Lady were dance along to the music of the Harry Connick, Jr., Big Band at the Governors Ball.

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The President was in Baltimore to speak to the GOP House Issues Conference. As he was about to greet the House Republican leaders backstage, the President suggested to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHoodña Republican that he provide blocking for him as he entered the room.

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A man gives President Obama bunny ears as their photo is snapped in Missouri.

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White House Trip Director Marvin Nicholson stops to weigh himself on a scale in a locker room at the University of Texas. Unbeknownst to him, the President was stepping on the back of the scale, as Marvin continued to slide the scale lever. Everyone but Marvin was in on the joke.

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After a day filled with meetings, the President heads to the White House basketball court to shoot a few baskets with his personal aide Reggie Love.

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President Obama tilts his head to the very shy daughter of Sen. Jack Reed.

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President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and many others converse in The Situation Room .

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The President and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev look at the menu en route to Ray's Hell Burger where they stopped and had burgers for lunch.

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Rain and lightening cancels a Memorial Day speech from President Obama outside Chicago.

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On a weekend trip to Acadia National Park in Maine, President Obama shows his daughters, Malia and Sasha, how to skip stones during a hike in the park

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In India, the President was finally persuaded to join the First Lady on the dance floor at Holy Name High School in Mumbai.

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Waiting backstage to be introduced, President Obama wraps his arms around the First Lady before an outdoor rally in Columbus, Ohio.

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The President has makes one of several trips to Walter Reed Army Medical Center to visit wounded soldiers.

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Paul McCartney sings "Michelle" to First Lady Michelle Obama during an event honoring McCartney as winner of the annual Gershwin Prize.

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