President Obama speaks to current and retired members of the U.S. military and their families as they eat a Christmas Day meal in the Anderson Hall mess hall at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Wednesday. Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama speaks to reporters Wednesday in the Oval Office. On Thursday, Obama announced that he was granting a series of pardons and clemencies. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Loretta Fuddy, director of Hawaii's Department of Health. She died Wednesday. Hawaii Department of Health/AP hide caption

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President Obama speaks at a town hall meeting at Binghamton University in Vestal, N.Y., in August. Mike Groll/AP hide caption

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Marine One, with President Obama aboard, lands at a Los Angeles park on Monday as part of Obama's three-day West Coast trip that combined fundraising and official business. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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