Car dealers fought to be exempt from the new bureau’s oversight, and they won. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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This 1905 steam engine powered factories in Holland, Mich., for more than half a century (with a four-year break during the Great Depression). It now sits as a monument to the city's industrial heritage. Scott Horsley/NPR hide caption

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President Obama is joined by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke (left) and Boeing CEO Jim McNerney to announce the creation of the President's Export Council, and to talk about his administration's promotion of exports in an attempt to grow the economy and support jobs. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama meets construction workers after speaking at the groundbreaking of a road improvement project funded by economic stimulus money in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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On Jan. 30, 2009, unions were pleased by executive orders the president signed that reversed some Bush-era labor policies. Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A boat with an oil boom tries to contain the spill, approximately 7 miles from where the oil rig sank last week. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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President Obama walks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace on Sunday night in Kabul. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Obama holds 4-year-old Barack Anthony Stroud at the University of Iowa Field House in Iowa City, Iowa, Thursday. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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