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  • President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama (second from right) walk from the White House with their daughters, Sasha (second from left) and Malia (right), on their way through Lafayette Park to St. John's Episcopal Church for Easter services on Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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  • ** FILE ** President Obama waves in the doorway of Air Force One as he departs from Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Feb. 18, 2013. (Associated Press)

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  • Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes gestures as he speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, June 14, 2013, in Washington. Rhodes discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria and previewed the upcoming G-8 trip. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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  • ** FILE ** President Obama answers questions during a conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. (Associated Press)

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  • **FILE** Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview on April 17, 2013. (Associated Press/Syrian State TV via AP video)

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  • ** FILE ** Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan briefs reporters at the White House in Washington, in this Oct. 29, 2010, file photo. The White House says the president will announce Brennan's nomination as his next director of the Central Intelligence Agency during an event Monday afternoon, Jan. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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  • U.S. President Barack Obama, second from left, speaks as he meets with Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda during the East Asia Summit at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. On the left is U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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  • President Obama (second from left) speaks as he meets with Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda during the East Asia Summit at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Nov. 20, 2012. On the left is U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Associated Press)

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  • President Obama (fourth from left) waves as he stands with ASEAN leaders for a group photo during the ASEAN-U.S. leaders' meeting at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Nov. 19, 2012. They are (from left) Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Obama, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Laos Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong. (Associated Press)

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  • U.S. President Barack Obama and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi shake hands after speaking to the media at her residence in Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Obama who touched down Monday morning, becoming the first U.S. president to visit the Asian nation also known as Burma, said his historic visit to Myanmar marks the next step in a new chapter between the two countries. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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  • ** FILE ** The American flag flies at half-staff over the White House in Washington early on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in honor of the four Americans who died when an angry mob stormed the U.S. Consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Sept. 11. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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  • Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and President Obama meet Tuesday on the last day  of the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul. (Associated Press)

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  • ** FILE ** Unaware that a microphone was recording him, President Obama asked outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday, March 26, 2012, for breathing room until after Mr. Obama's re-election campaign to negotiate on missile defense. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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