The president confronted a number of challenges over the past two months, most notably the uprisings in the Middle East.
Feb. 1, 2011 Senior staff and members of the national security team work in the Oval Office as President Obama talks on the phone with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian leader stepped down nearly two weeks later, becoming the second Arab leader in a month to resign under pressure. Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali ceded power in late January in the face of similar unrest. Pete Souza/White House Buy Photo