President Obama speaks in the Rose Garden after meeting with Sen. Bob Graham (left), chairman of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, and former EPA administrator William K. Reilly. hide caption

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Thurgood Marshall with George E.C. Hayes (left) and James M. Nabrit (right) outside the Supreme Court building on May 17, 1954. The three lawyers had just led the fight for abolition of segregation in public schools before the Supreme Court, which ruled that segregation was unconstitutional. AP hide caption

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President Obama and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist walk along Casino Beach on Pensacola Beach, Fla., Tuesday while visiting the region affected by BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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President Obama flew across the Gulf Coast, traveling by Marine One, to meet with residents about the BP oil spill on June 4. Democrats in Congress, who face a political risk by defending the administration's handling of the spill, have been cautious about praising Obama's efforts. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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President Obama delivers the commencement speech during graduation ceremonies at the United States Military Academy at West Point on May 22. During the speech, the president touched on key themes of his new national security goals — such as multilateralism and global outreach — to be unveiled Thursday. Michael Nagle/Getty Images hide caption

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On The Move: When Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan visited senators last week, she was joined by President Obama's assistant for legislative affairs, Phil Schiliro (left). On the same day, White House staffers delivered Kagan's responses to questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee. AP hide caption

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