USA TODAY’s David Jackson and Catalina Camia take a look at what was happening then and now, for Obama and the United States.
Job approval ratings
U.S. troops in Afghanistan
U.S. troops in Iraq
Oct. 9, 2009: Met with with five Americans hurt by financial companies; talked about the financial regulation bill; held national security talks on Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Oct. 8, 2010: Visits a Maryland business to discuss the economy and the latest unemployment figures; signs a bill to help people with disabilities access the Internet; holds meetings at the White House.
Passage of economic stimulus bill, confirmation for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Accomplishments to date
Passage of health care law, new regulations for financial industry, confirmation for Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan
“It is unfortunate that the president’s star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights. … President Obama won’t be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility or backing up rhetoric with concrete action.” —Michael Steele, Republican National Committee chairman, about Obama winning the Nobel Prize
What Republicans say
“Go back 100 years and every time the president lost a Congress two years into the first term, he got re-elected. … So we’re going to have to work very smart, if the voters are fortunate enough to give us the majority … to avoid what history has generally provided a president, which is the opportunity to pivot off that new force in Congress and make themselves electable.” — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, on Thursday