**FILE** President Barack Obama holds a personalized Los Angeles Lakers team jersey presented to him by Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (left) as he honored the 2009 NBA champions Lakers in the East Room of the White House on Jan. 25, 2010. (Associated Press)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, clutches a pen used by President Obama to sign the health care bill on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
** FILE ** M. Night Shyamalan and his wife Bhavna Shyamalan arrive for the State Dinner in honor of the Prime Minister of India at the White House in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009. (Michael Connor/The Washington Times)
** FILE ** Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton chats with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in the White House on Aug. 18, 2009. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, denied that President Obama was considering Mrs. Clinton as running mate in 2012 instead of Mr. Biden.
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Sens. Pat Roberts (left) and Sam Brownback, both Kansas Republicans, vow to block White House nominees unless they get answers about a reported transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the federal prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
** FILE ** In this 2009 file photo, James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, criticized President Obama for declining to observe the long-standing National Day of Prayer event at the White House. (Katie Falkenberg/The Washington Times)
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ONLINE: President Obama fields questions from the public both on the Internet and in person during a special town-hall-style meeting Thursday in the East Room of the White House, where one of the top topics was the legalization of marijuana.
** FILE ** President Barack Obama is applauded by members of Congress, and others, after signing an Executive Order on stem cells and a Presidential Memorandum on scientific integrity, Monday, March 9, 2009, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
In this 2002 file photo, President Bush holds his Scottish terrier Barney as he and first lady Laura Bush walk to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Boston Celtics public relations director Heather Walker acknowledged a published report Friday that Barney bit her wrist and drew blood as she tried to pat the Scottish terrier after a White House ceremony honoring the team's 17th NBA championship. (Associated Press)
London Mayor Boris Johnson, a maverick member of the center-right Conservative Party, sees Sen. Barack Obama as the "incarnation of change and hope" that the United States needs in the White House.
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