Obama Year One

Some goals left unmet

Three guests who attended Obama's first speech to Congress in February to symbolize the administration's goals are waiting for change. Full Story »

Becoming a wartime commander in chief
Poll: Mixed reviews on Obama's job performance | Poll data

Obama's promises


Since taking office, he has completed some promises, made progress on some, and made no progress on others.

Dealing with Congress

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Despite a strong majority and mandate, Obama's agenda met staunch GOP opposition.


Obama's influences

What influences this president, as he starts a second year in office and addresses the state of the union to an increasingly anxious public and restive Congress?

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High hopes, deferred dreams

Stories of black Americans reflect debate over meaning of his presidency.

The test of pragmatism

After his first year in office, Obama must answer a question he posed to himself a month before he was inaugurated: Can he restore confidence in government?


Obama's favorite phrase

All politicians have their verbal tics but few resort to their crutches as often as Obama relies on his "let me be clear" set-up.

  • 1/20/09: Inauguration speech
  • 2/24: First joint session of Congress
  • 6/4: Cairo speech
  • 9/9: Speech on health care before Congress
  • 12/1: Announces escalation in Afghanistan
  • 12/10: Nobel acceptance
  • 365 days and counting

    One year ago Barack Obama was inaugurated as the first African-American president in our nation's history. Now the Post offers a retrospective and an assessment of the president, the presidency and the state of the union.

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