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MOURNING: Flags in Washington were lowered to half-staff by order of President Obama to remember the victims of the rampage. (Associated Press)

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President Obama applauds as William Daley, a former commerce secretary and his new White House chief of staff, delivers a statement in the East Room of the White House on Thursday. (Associated Press)

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White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, who joined President Obama's staff when Mr. Obama was running for the U.S. Senate, announces Wednesday that he will join other high-ranking staffers leaving the presidential staff. (Associated Press)

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President Obama returns a salute as he and daughter Sasha arrive with his wife, Michelle, and other daughter Malia at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Tuesday after nearly two weeks of vacation in Hawaii. (Associated Press)

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President Obama got an assist from then-Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania in Febraury 2009 when he provided a key vote for the economic stimulus package. As Mr. Specter leaves the Senate after 30 years, he says he wouldn't change a thing about his political path, which included switching political parties. (Associated Press)

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President Obama picks up a "tar ball" from the beach in Port Fourchon, La., in May after the largest oil spill in U.S. history in the Gulf of Mexico. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama, followed by, from second from left, Gen. David Petraeus, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Vice President Joe Biden, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, walks to the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 23, 2010, to announce that Petraeus would replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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**FILE** President Obama welcomes Chinese President Hu Jintao as he arrives for a Group of 20 summit dinner in Pittsburgh in September 2009. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** In this photo from Feb. 1, President Obama makes a statement in the Grand Foyer of the White House. From left: Council of Economic Council Chair Christina Romer; Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; the president; Budget Director Peter Orszag and chief economic adviser Lawrence Summers. (Associated Press)

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Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered the release of documentation on President Obama's birth "as quick as we can."

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A man looks out over the Chesapeake Bay with the Bay Bridge in the background at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, Md. The EPA announced its strategy Wednesday to restore the Chesapeake Bay, a year after President Obama issued an executive order to do so. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama walks away from the podium in the Brady Press Briefing room in the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Obama travels in a motorcade through the neighborhood where he is spending his holiday vacation in Kailua, Hawaii, on Friday, Dec. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Obama arrives at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu with Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (left) and Rep. Mazie K. Hirono, both Hawaii Democrats, on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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** FILE ** President Barack Obama, left, and Russian president Dmitry Medvedev sign the New START treaty at the Prague Castle in Prague in this April 8, 2010, file photo. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS 'GRIDLOCK' BUSTER: President Obama discusses the Dream Act at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Wednesday. "This has been a season of progress for the American people," Mr. Obama said.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS President Obama waves from Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Wednesday before departing for his Christmas vacation in Hawaii.

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President Barack Obama, left, shakes hands with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., right, after signing the $858 billion tax deal into law in a ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex, Friday, Dec. 17, 2010 in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Then-Sen. Barack Obama walks the beach with daughters Malia (left) and Sasha during a vacation in Kailua, Hawaii, Aug. 12, 2008. The community is full of excitement over the family's return. (Associated Press)

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Conservative actor Jon Voight is an outspoken critic of President Obama's New START treaty. (AP Photo)