Lawmakers applaud President Obama after he signed the health care overhaul in March. The bill could be subject to funding battles in the next Congress. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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The sticker distributed by the Union of Concerned Scientists in San Francisco this week. Union of Concerned Scientists hide caption

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President Obama is meeting with a group of corporate executives Wednesday to discuss ways to get the economy growing faster. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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"Nobody -- Democrat or Republican -- wants to see people's paychecks smaller on Jan. 1 because Congress didn't act," President Obama told NPR's Steve Inskeep during an Oval Office interview on Thursday. Pete Souza/White House hide caption

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President Obama announces a tentative deal with Republicans to extend tax cuts and jobless benefits Monday night. Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama walks at the White House with presidential debt commission co-chairs Erskine Bowles (left) and Alan Simpson. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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The co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, Erskine Bowles (left) and Alan Simpson (right), listen to President Obama deliver a speech in the Rose Garden of the White House. The commission will release its report on how to reduce the nation's debt this week. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Sunday. New Delhi was his second stop on a three-day visit to the world's largest democracy. Obama sought to reassure India of its importance as a defining partnership for the U.S. in the 21st century. AP hide caption

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Then: On Election Night in 2008, a jubilant Barack Obama greeted supporters in Chicago. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama greets residents after a discussion in the backyard of the Clubb family home in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sept. 29. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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President Obama, shown last week arriving at a town hall meeting sponsored by MTV and BET, has renewed his call for $50 billion to improve roadways and airports. But with nervous lawmakers worried about their jobs, that may be a tough sell. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama holds a conversation Wednesday in the backyard of Jeff and Sandy Clubb in Des Moines, Iowa. Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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During last week's town hall meeting on CNBC, Velma Hart (at right) drew much attention for telling President Obama that she hasn't seen the "meaningful" change she thought he would bring to Washington. Handout/Getty hide caption

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President Obama, speaking at the White House in January, is surrounded by some of his economic advisers at the time including Christina Romer, Timothy Geithner and Lawrence Summers. The president is now considering candidates to direct the National Economic Council when Summers departs later this year. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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