President Obama, pictured last week at a signing ceremony at the Department of Interior, said in his January State of the Union address that the government "faces a deficit of trust" that has been growing for years. A new Pew poll supports his contention. Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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After being accused of back-room dealmaking during the health care negotiations, President Obama works to restore public confidence in his administration. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama speaks during the Organizing for America National Health Care Forum in 2009. The organization helped get Obama elected. But can it turn out voters for Democrats in November? Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Marco Rubio has surged past the GOP-endorsed Gov. Charlie Crist to seize control of the race for a Senate seat in Florida. Robert Giroux/Getty Images hide caption

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In his speech at West Point on Dec. 1, Obama laid out his plan for an initial increase of some 30,000 troops in Afghanistan. The end of the speech was "a firm assertion of America's unique role in the world," says Michael Gerson, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama speaks during a town hall meeting on health care in Shaker Heights, Ohio, on Thursday. Findings from a recent NPR poll indicate that about half of Americans are now onboard with Obama's health care plan. Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP hide caption

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