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As keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Barack Obama enchanted his audience with a message of hope, change and unity. In 2008, as a young, energetic and charismatic presidential candidate, he won over voters with his call for a new kind of Washington politics. (The Washington Times)

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As keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Barack Obama enchanted his audience with a message of hope, change and unity. In 2008, as a young, energetic and charismatic presidential candidate, he won over voters with his call for a new kind of Washington politics. (The Washington Times)

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After more than three years as president, Barack Obama's tone has taken a sharp turn from when he was a candidate. “We’re not going to go backwards and re-fight the same fights we had over the last three years” he said at a campaign rally this year. (Associated Press)

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President Obama speaks during a campaign event at Norfolk State University, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Nevada delegate and National co-chair of the Re-elect Obama campaign, Loretta Harper, listens to speeches at the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)

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President Obama speaks during a campaign event at Norfolk State University, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Obama speaks during a campaign event at Norfolk State University, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Edith Child of Greenwood, S.C., is shown leading the campaign chant “Fired Up, Ready To Go” with Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008. She remains a strong supporter. (Associated Press)

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Edith Child of Greenwood, S.C., is shown leading the campaign chant “Fired Up, Ready To Go” with Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008. She remains a strong supporter. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Then-presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat, addresses supporters during a rainstorm at a Oct. 28, 2008, rally in Chester, Pa. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Then-presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat, addresses supporters during a rainstorm at a Oct. 28, 2008, rally in Chester, Pa. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama waves to supporters as he takes the stage for a campaign event at Norfolk State University, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One before his departure from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Sept., 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One before his departure from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Sept., 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Obama speaks during a campaign event at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo., on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Mississippi delegate and volunteer for the Obama campaign, Kelly Jacobs, who calls herself "The Mistress of Enthusiasm" has her photograph taken at the Charlotte Convention Center. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)

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President Barack Obama, center, jokes with Sen. Michael Bennet, Colorado Democrat, left, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper after Obama's campaign stop on the campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder, on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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President Barack Obama, center, jokes with Sen. Michael Bennet, Colorado Democrat, left, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper after Obama's campaign stop on the campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder, on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event at University of Colorado Boulder, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Obama speaks during a campaign event at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo., on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)