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**FILE** President Obama plays basketball with former NBA player Bruce Bowen on April 9, 2012, during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. (Associated Press)

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David Axelrod (left), senior adviser for the Obama campaign, and David Plouffe, White House senior adviser, talk during a campaign event for President Obama on Nov. 2, 2012, at Springfield High School in Springfield, Ohio. (Associated Press)

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David Axelrod (left), senior adviser for the Obama campaign, and David Plouffe, White House senior adviser, talk during a campaign event for President Obama on Nov. 2, 2012, at Springfield High School in Springfield, Ohio. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (left) meets Feb. 14, 2012, with President Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Then-Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (left) meets on Feb. 14, 2012, with President Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (Associated Press)

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In this March 19, 1994 file photo, Socks the cat peers over the podium in the White House briefing room in Washington. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander, File)

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Fala, the pet Scottie of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, obliges news photographers as he poses outside the White House on April 7, 1942 for his second birthday. (AP Photo/grs)

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President Barack Obama pets the family dog Bo, a Portuguese water dog, outside the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March, 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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This video image provided by the White House shows first lady Laura Bush with Barney and Miss Beazley appearing in the "Barney Cam" holiday doggie video. (AP Photo/White House)

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President Clinton holds Socks the cat as he and Mrs. Clinton hosted Washington area elementary school children at the White House Friday Dec. 20, 1996 where the president read "Twas the Night Before Christmas." (AP Photo/Ruth Fremson)

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In this Aug. 26, 1994 file photo, first cat Socks rests in the grass outside the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander, File)

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President George H. Bush is greeted by his dog Ranger at the White House on Sunday night, Jan. 4, 1993, in Washington after returning from a 19,000-mile journey abroad. (AP Photo/ Wilfredo Lee)

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President Clinton stops for a visit with first family cat, Socks as he arrived back to the White House in Washington on Thursday, Oct. 21, 1993 after speaking to a business group on his health care package. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson)

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In this March 15, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama pets the family dog Bo, a Portuguese water dog, outside the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

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In this March 19, 1994 file photo, Socks the cat peers over the podium in the White House briefing room in Washington. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander, File)

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** FILE ** David Plouffe, White House senior adviser (Associated Press)

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Actress and Obama supporter Eva Longoria, center, talks with Obama Senior campaign adviser David Axelrod, left, and White House senior adviser David Plouffe, right, during a campaign event at Cheyenne Sports Complex in Las Vegas, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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“The handling of this Benghazi incident now approaches the status of Watergate redux,” said Reagan White House National Security Adviser Richard V. Allen, echoing the sentiment of 2008 Obama opponent John McCain. (Associated Press)

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“The handling of this Benghazi incident now approaches the status of Watergate redux,” said Reagan White House National Security Adviser Richard V. Allen, echoing the sentiment of 2008 Obama opponent John McCain. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** The National Christmas Tree is pictured after it was lit by President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha Obama and and mother-in-law Marian Robinson, at the Ellipse across from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec., 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)