President Obama greets diners at Reid's House Restaurant in Reidsville, N.C., last fall. While there, he talked to a college student about the importance of education — one of the ideas Obama comes back to often. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama speaks with other G-8 leaders at Camp David in Maryland during the summit on Friday. Getty Images hide caption

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Barack Obama, then a Democratic candidate for a U.S. House seat, delivers his concession speech to supporters, while his wife, Michelle, tends to their daughter, Malia, on March 21, 2000, in Chicago. Frank Polich/AP hide caption

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President Obama speaks during a campaign rally at Ohio State University, Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP hide caption

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