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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President Obama shakes hands after speaking at the annual Milwaukee Area Labor Council Laborfest on Sept. 6. Morry Gash/AP hide caption

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President Obama, shown here in 2008 in New Hampshire, vowed he wouldn't raise taxes for families earning less than $250,000. Keeping the campaign promise would add billions to the deficit every year. Chris Carlson/AP hide caption

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