Four years in review

The highs and lows of Obama’s presidency

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Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP

GOOD FOR OBAMA

Navy SEAL Team 6 kills Osama bin Laden
May 2011

Health care bill becomes law
March 2010

Repeal of Don�t Ask, Don�t Tell
September 2011

Obama announces support of gay marriage
May 2012

Obama extends emergency loans to GM, Chrysler
March 2009

Congress passes stimulus package
February 2009

Obama nominates Sotomayor (May 2009), Kagan (May 2010) to Supreme Court

Supreme Court upholds health care law
June 2012

Last U.S. troops leave Iraq
December 2011

Obama announces drawdown in Afghanistan
June 2011

Unemployment rate dips to 7.8%, lowest since January 2009
September 2012

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Photograph: Larry Marano/WireImage

TIPPING POINT

Deportation amnesty offered to some young illegal immigrants
August 2012

Obama signs bill overhauling credit card policies
May 2009

Occupy Wall Street hits Manhattan
September 2011

Solyndra files for bankruptcy
September 2011

Citizens United ruling allows corporations and unions to contribute to campaign ads
January 2010

National debt passes $16 trillion for first time
September 2012

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Photograph: Michael Kovac/WireImage

BAD FOR OBAMA

Debt ceiling talks collapse
July 2011

Republicans block American Jobs Act
October 2011

House holds Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt in wake of Fast & Furious scandal
June 2012

Deadline on Obama�s executive order to close Guantanamo passes
January 2010

Terrorist attack on U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, kills four
September 2012

Republicans win House, create deadlock
November 2010

Unemployment rate reaches 10%, highest since 1982
October 2009

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