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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President Obama meets construction workers after speaking at a Recovery Act highway project in Columbus, Ohio, in June. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Former President Bill Clinton speaks at Scranton High School on Tuesday at a rally for U.S. Senate candidate Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania. Jason Farmer/The Scranton Times-Tribune/AP hide caption

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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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