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Year in Review: Obama

12/30/2009, 3:52 a.m.

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        This photo provided by the White House shows President Barack Obama welcoming the Obama family’s new puppy, Bo, at the White House on March 15, 2009. Even as he has faced major domestic and international challenges in his first 100 days, Obama has maintained the composure, quiet authority and personality with which many Americans related during the campaign. (AP photo/Pete Souza, White House)

        Soldiers salute during the nightly Retreat ceremony on Nov. 9, 2009, at III Corps Headquarters at Fort Hood, Texas, where a memorial service was held for the soldiers killed in the Nov. 5 mass shootings at Fort Hood. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)

        President Barack Obama hugs military personnel at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq, on April 7, 2009. Obama inherited wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when he took over the presidency from predecessor George W. Bush. In keeping with his campaign promises, he has moved toward removing troops from the former while increasing U.S. military commitment in the latter. (AP photo/Charles Dharapak)

        President Barack Obama announces federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor (right) as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court during a ceremony held on May 26, 2009, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. Sotomayor became the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice. (AP photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

        In this Jan. 18, 2009 photo, President-elect Barack Obama speaks at the Lincoln Memorial during an inaugural concert in Washington. (AP photo/Charles Dharapak, file)


        Liana Farmer, 18, a freshman at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a 2009 graduate of Boston Latin Academy, joins First Lady Michelle Obama and Mark Culliton, CEO of Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses, Inc. (FDNH) on Nov. 4 to receive a White House award recognizing FDNH’s after school program. The “Art a la Carte” program was one of fifteen to receive the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities’ Coming Up Taller Award. (Steven E. Purcell photo)