White House year in pictures
December 28th, 2010
06:43 PM ET

White House scenes from 2010

President Obama's second year in office has been a year of ups and downs, from getting health care passed to a "shellacking" in the midterms. White House producers and photojournalists share images from the year that capture the most memorable moments from 2010.

This gallery, as a well as this great story by John Helton, can be found on CNN Politics.


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  1. TOTAL FACTS

    Try the following and see if he is still high in the Polls

    Copy and past if link won't open. Very enlightning.

    December 28, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  2. josephpatel

    People should never forget that real health depends how well you take care of yourself and not what health insurance you carry but I agree health insurance is important for every one. Search "Wise Health Insurance" online for dollar a day insurance plans.

    December 29, 2010 at 2:31 am |
  3. done with them all

    yes it is and lets review, #1 Obama destroys the American Dream, #2 Obama shows his racist hatred towards the whit race, #3 Obama shows that he doesn't care about the economy, #4 obama LIES about everything, #5 obama has taken moe vacations than any president, #6 obama lies about his birth place and wont prove it, #7 we find out every day that obama is an idiot, so add your great tasks of the idiot that promises the sun and cant fulfill anything, just another washingto idiot.

    December 29, 2010 at 6:00 am |
    • Juan

      Hey, @done with them all Pres. Obama is trying to keep you from being fired from your job and keep your house. 2. Pres Obama is not racist. The only racist are those teabaggers. 3. Bush has taken more vacation than Obama. 4. Pres Obama was born in Hawaii in the US. 5. Pres Obama went to the best colleges and law schools so he is not an idiot.
      5. Take your teabagging a** to Fox News, you dumb a**.

      December 29, 2010 at 8:08 am |
      • TOTAL FACTS

        Get you illoegal butt back across the Border. You know nothing of what's right in America. This man is a muslim from day one. He intends to destroy America. And his days are numbered. He will never be reelected in 2012. Of course he was born in Kenya otherwise he would provide the correct information to countrer. I would like to know who it was that investigated him for elgibility.

        December 29, 2010 at 11:48 am |
    • Juan

      Hey, @done with them all Pres. Obama is trying to keep you from being fired from your job and keep your house. 2. Pres Obama is not racist. The only racist are those teabaggers. 3. Bush has taken more vacation than Obama. 4. Pres Obama was born in Hawaii in the US. 5. Pres Obama went to the best colleges and law schools so he is not an idiot.
      5. Take your teabagging butt to Fox News, you dumb fool.

      December 29, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  4. tel

    The comment by 'done with tem all' had been limbagged and spouts off Rush's line. Limbag is a carnival hawker who deals with wing nut politics and has bagged a ditto head. Think for yourself at some of the idiotic statements you made!!!! Lots of air in 'done's' head!!!!!!!!!

    December 29, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  5. marty

    President Obama deserves credit for working under unbelievable constraints with unparalleled success. Even though he had to deal with adults who pouted like children, threatened like bullies, and were obsessed with the word, no, ( as little children just learning to talk are apt to do), he remained calm ,continuing to focus on the real needs of the general public.
    Many of us prefer reasoned intelligent discourse with specific goals rather than the juvenile, bombastic noisemakers who pander to the hyper-visceral theatrics of the naysayers.

    December 29, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  6. Mad man

    President Obama along with the Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid 111th Congress has done more damage to America with their backroom deals and unprecedented spending than any other Administration in the history of the United States. Our Nation is now 14 trillion in debt, the 112th Congress is preparing to cut entitlement programs in an effort to rein in the spending. That means social security, medicare, medicaid and hundreds of other programs that most probably produce little benefit to mainstream America. Obama has propped up banks, auto makers, insurance companies that if had been allowed to fail would have filed and restructured in a market driven manner putting us down the road to recovery that much quicker. However, obligated for votes to the Unions and Wall Street it has been political payback as usual and all at the cost to middle class American taxpayers. You can blame the deficit and debt on Bush and some is due to his failings however the lions share is from our current Administration. I have never seen such a lack of organization and loose bag of cats as in the hand we have been dealt and are now playing. I truly do not believe that any President could be elected to a second term with an unemployment and economically dismal outlook as what we are seeing. I predict a Republican will take it in 2012, and we will ALL be chewing on the massive debt of a bankrupted Nation that failed politicians and entitlement spending has produced for us all.

    December 29, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  7. marty

    Re: Mad man. Appears to be everything the name implies.

    December 29, 2010 at 11:03 am |
    • TOTAL FACTS

      Hes not the only mad one out here. All Obama has to do along with you Obamanites is to keep pushing and you will be punished as surely as is Martin Luther King is right now for his infidelity.

      December 29, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  8. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @Mad man; I can't say I totally agree with your accusation that more money's been SPENT by THIS administration than any other administration in HISTORY! REALLY? I don't think so, because the previous administration SQUASHED, BLEW a SURPLUS left to them by the CLINTON administration, of 5.3 trillion dollars, mostly on those unjustified wars; and then they kept BORROWING! The GOP has recently tried to explain away the TRUTH by claiming they REALLY didn't start with that much money! BILL CLINTON JUST LAUGHED!

    December 29, 2010 at 11:58 am |
    • Jay in NC

      There was not Clinton surplus. If you want the truth just google national debt you will see many government charts showing that Clinton left a 5-6 trillion debt.

      January 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  9. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @Mad man; when this current administration went in, OBAMA had to go in with literally nothing to work with! He came in when AMERICA was standing on the edge; one foot on a banana peel and the other foot was in the GRAVE! HE HAD NO REAL MONEY TO USE, NO REAL SUPPORT, NO REAL SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO FIX THE NATIONS PROBLEMS, NO REAL DESIRE FROM HIS CONSTITS TO COME TOGETHER WITH HIM TO COME UP WITH STABLE SOLUTIONS! All he met was hate, disdain, disrespect, sabatoge, and insubordination! He's DOING his best!

    December 29, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  10. Mad man

    Okay Liz, put on your thinking hat and try to conceive in that little liberal Obama saturated brain of yours what led us into the wars we are in, and what led us into an America void of any true manufacturing, and what led us into 9/11. Here is a clue, the liberal Democratic spew of Clinton's surplus came only with him kicking and screaming at the hands of a Republican dominated Congress (look it up), his surplus also came at the cost of National Security through defunding the terror intelligence community black ops programs (look it up), Clinton failed to kill Osama Bin Laden when he had numerous opportunities (look it up), under Clinton the US continually bombed Iraq under the no fly zone sanctions of the UN (do you think that pissed off the Muslims?), under the Clinton Administration trade deals with China and NAFTA the coverage escalated from one of minimal goods to including everything including conceptual idea, oops there went all of our manufacturing jobs. No one gave a crap because the front end of the deals were financially good as we provided our technology to every copy cat third world Nation in the world, and now Liz here we are... This Congress spent more money than any other in our Nations history, we are still in two wars and now have a debt of 14 trillion dollars, that is 14 dollars a second for the next 36,000 years...Go Obama!

    December 29, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  11. Mad man

    Total Fact you are a nut and do not include me in your spew.

    December 29, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  12. Mad man

    Mad, like a fox Martin...

    December 29, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  13. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @Madmen, I suppose I WILL have to look up all of that! However, from what I can tell reading your long speech; running all the way back to BILL CLINTONS' REPUBLICAN CONGRESS, and the missteps you alleged they made, lets me FURTHER know it's, BIASED, SELFISH, STUPID and VENDICTIVE, for anyone in their right minds to EVER expect OBAMA or ANYONE else to turn into that BIG of a MIRACLE-WORKER! Expecting him to remedy a cancer, that started and was diagnosed that long ago, in TWO YEARS is UNCOUFFED and ASSININE!

    December 29, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  14. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @Mad man; Yes I'll say I'm a liberal with some independent persuasions; I may have a little brain, but it's full of BIG KNOWLEDGE. Big things do, sometimes come in SMALL packages! I'm a comprehensive, discernment-filled listener and watchman, who can read the tea leaves and can see clear through the rhetoric and smokecreens, designed to insure certain perceptions! OH YEAH! The only men that my mind was EVER really saturated with is JESUS CHRIST, my father, my husband, my brothers, and my uncles, THANK YOU!

    December 29, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
    • Mad man

      Comforting Liz, perhaps now that you realize President Obama is simply a man with a particular political venue to push you can begin to understand how many Americans feel with the failures of our Government and connect those failings directly to the man and his failed policies, no matter how well his intentions may be. Many now, nearly 20 million remain unemployed, I am not talking uneducated or illiterate day workers, I am talking highly educated professionals whose lives have been completely devastated. Sitting on the sidelines watching Government spend more of our lives away, punishing those in America that strove to be responsible upstanding citizens in their communities while the treacherous and underbelly reap the benefits of their labor. Please forgive my brashness, we soon become so accustomed to reactionary repertoire on these sleazy blogs, as it often the dictated playbook. Have a great night and God bless you, make peace for I truly believe the worst is yet to come.

      December 29, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  15. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @Mad man; thank you for your seemingly genuine concern in making sure that I fully understand the political side of the OBAMA controversies, but I still say, the 'root' of all of this negativity, is because he's a BLACK PRESIDENT who, even according to you, has ended up holding the ball of YEARS of bad decisions and corruption; but is expected to have had everything fixed YESTERDAY! I know that at the core of this racist white society, there's a PUSH to see that the black man fails; no matter who it hurts!

    December 29, 2010 at 11:03 pm |
    • Mad man

      I believe that is a truly skewed racial opinion, yes there are some whites that do not want a mulatto or black in the Whitehouse, however there are a growing number that have progressed far beyond President Obama's skin color. It is his politics and that would be far left ideologies based upon Marxism and Socialism beliefs that big government is to provide for us all. I truly believe that many hope for his failure as the programs he has pushed are just more entitlements that working America can no longer pay for, if a tax were imposed on all NFL and NBA players of 75% of anything over say 1 million a year, would you find that fair? He has used his race to dupe many, he was not politically mature for the position and his lack of leadership is evident in everything that he has touched, it is ideology to many not color, progress.

      December 30, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  16. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    Do you really believe that my opinion is 'skewed racial one'? Now, for me personally, I was raised in the south, 'GEORGIA, by two wonderful GOD-fearing parents, who taught me right from wrong; and to love everybody. When I point to identifiers on the race issue, there's a BIG ONE and I hope you know it; they come from a place of personal experience, observing others, in restaurants, restrooms, stores, in hiring and job promotions, in courts, by police and judges! In some GA towns, RACISM is still in tact!

    December 30, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  17. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    I know how the black man has been disenfranchised, held back, not celebrated, sabatoged, as to not do well, or better than the whites, stolen from, imprisoned for crimes he didn't do, not promoted before the whites, certainly can't be his boss, even if he's educated, he can't get the job because he's overqualified, if he isn't educated, he's underqualified, if a white applies for the same job as a black, and they both have GEDs, the white gets the job! That still goes on all over AMERICA! SLAVERY MENTALITY!

    December 30, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  18. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    I know that there are MANY whites who have grown away from that racist mentality; some never even aquired it! I THANK AND CHAMPION THEM FOR THEIR HONESTY AND SUPPORT! OBAMA never would've been elected, had it not been for them! There are many people throughout this nation, that do wish 'we could all get along'! But until we weed that lingering racist snake out of the AMERICAN quilt, there will always be problems, and he will continue on his campaign to destroy the very heart of AMERICA and her citizens.

    December 30, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  19. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    You know there's bible quotation that says something along the lines of this: A stupid man can dress up and sit right up there with the WISE scribes and pharisees, and one would never know he was stupid, until he opened his mouth. When I read some of these comments on this blog, I see a lot of that; however; many times, I've had to change the word from 'stupid' to racist! I wasn't born yesterday. I know it when I hear it, see it, read it, and can almost taste and smell it! A few of those are who I address!

    December 30, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Did't Obama say "...they cling to guns or religion..." Sounds he has you pegged.

      January 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  20. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    I saw John F Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and even Ronald Reagan and George H W BUSH, as great leaders! They all had to make not-so-popular decisions and they made those decisions, and the WHOLE nation, inevitably went on and rallied around their PRESIDENT! One for all, and all for one; there wasn't all of this hate, and continous fearmongering going on! I remember! I was there! I'm a 62 year old baby-boomer. So far, I only see OBAMA being faced with some of the same dilemas; where's the rallying?

    December 30, 2010 at 8:32 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Please tell us what did George H. W. Bush do/ say that you rally. The truth is you Liberal pounded him for 'no new taxes' even though he was going along with your congress.

      January 1, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  21. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    I take opposition to any of you who say this president uses his race to dupe anybody! The man has a real colorless spirit! If I'm asked, I think it's to a fault sometimes. He doesn't even seem to recognize hidden racism being thrown at him, even under the guize of politics! If he does, he doesn't acknowledge it! I suppose he feels that may be the best way to handle it, in his position; most tactful, anyway. So don't go there! Don't accuse him of using his race as a 'duping' mechanism because it's untrue!

    December 30, 2010 at 8:50 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Question, when Obama said "typical white woman", when referring to his grandmother, was that because of her race or gender? If he truly has a 'colorless spirit' he would not use such words. If you do not hold him to the same standards as a white man then he is indeed duping you.

      January 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  22. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    Oooops there is! Check @TOTAL FACTS! I KNEW THAT FOOL WAS A RACIST! He may be an ARYAN! Check out his blogs #10 and #11! He just threatened US 'OBAMANITES', and the PRESIDENT of THE UNITED STATES using The Late Dr Martin Luther Kings' sad, untimely assassination as the example as to how! Did you all get that? Where's the outrage, all of you non-racists?!? Since he claims to be THE BIG military man, he may be part of a MILITIA anyway! He may have the resources, and the opportunity to try it! THAT'S A 'FACT'!

    January 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  23. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @Jay in NC; Yeah, he described me very well! I'm going to always cling to my faith (religion) because in the end of days, that is the only thing that will be relevant and true! THE WORD is mightier than the sword; therefore, I will leave the GUNS to people like COMMANDANT 'TOTAL FACTS'! They may win A battle or two, but they definately won't win the war! 'In the beginning was THE WORD, the word was with GOD and the word was GOD'; THE WORD WILL BE THE BIGGEST SWORD! You better get on board! Time is at hand!

    January 1, 2011 at 7:27 pm |