August 12th, 2011
12:20 PM ET
The previous week was among the most tumultuous of President Obama's term. Over the weekend, he learned of the most deadly attack on U.S. soldiers in the history of the war in Afghanistan and an unprecedented downgrade by S&P of the nation's debt. As the week kicked off, he faced a volatile stock market and increasing criticisms from liberal and conservative quarters over his leadership.
The president wrapped up the week with a trip to Michigan to tout clean-energy autos and the new jobs he says they will create. He then jetted to New York City for two high-dollar fundraisers.
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