The president confronted a number of challenges over the past two months, most notably the uprisings in the Middle East.
Feb. 1, 2011Senior 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
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.