Timeline: President Obama's presidency

A look back through President Barack Obama's presidency as the 44th President of the United States of America.

Narrowly avoids government shutdown

Credit: AP, 2011

April 9, 2011

Narrowly avoids government shutdown

In a last minute deal, the government approved a budget to pay for government operations through the end of September and cut $38.5 billion in spending.

Pictured: U.S. diplomats and federal workers take part in a rally against the prospect of a government shutdown in Washington.

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