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President Barack Obama was propelled to the White House on his message of change. But after inheriting a collapsing economy and substantial debt from the previous administration, and against a stubbornly high unemployment rate, he is seeking a second term.
Obama's unusual background_ he's the Harvard-educated son of a white woman from Kansas and a black man from Kenya _ has helped him cultivate an image as a fresh face in Washington willing to take on the establishment in his own party as well as Republicans.
A practicing attorney and constitutional law instructor at the University of Chicago, in 1996 Obama ran for and won a seat in the Illinois Senate, where he represented a South Side district until his U.S. Senate run in 2004.
The presumptive 2016 favorite would have to unlink herself from the president while courting his coalition.
Why Obama has fallen short of his own lofty goals.
The expected bumper crop of young black politicians just hasn't materialized.
Presidential approval matters. A lot.
The president and former secretary of state are due to sort their differences through a 'hug out'.
In honor of the president's birthday, a ranking of the many gifts he received during his first term.
In 2008, Obama was seen as more likable than Clinton. Six years later, the tables have turned.
Nearly every moment has been Obama's Katrina moment, apparently.
Back in 2008, I was sure -- absolutely, completely, utterly sure -- that Barack Obama would make a better president. I now think I was wrong.
PROJECT: Wilson Andrews, Jason Bartz, Ryan Kellett, Katie Parker, Leslie Passante and Serdar Tumgoren - The Washington Post. Published Oct. 8, 2012.
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