Timeline: President Obama's presidency

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

Obama's approval rating sinks below 40 percent.

Credit: AP, 2011

August 22, 2011

Obama's approval rating sinks below 40 percent.

For the first time in his presidency, Obama's approval rating was below 40 percent, as reported by Gallup's daily poll tracking. A persistently bad economy dampened the president's efforts to win a second term.

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