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40 Of The Most Powerful Obama Moments Of 2015

"That's the good thing about being president, I can do whatever I want." —Barack Obama

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1. Singing "Amazing Grace" during the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.

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Obama brings tears to everyone's eyes when singing "Amazing Grace" during his eulogy for South Carolina State Senator Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney's funeral service on June 26. Rev. Pinchney was killed, along with eight others, on June 17 during a prayer meeting in one of the nation's oldest black churches in Charleston.

2. Hosting the first-ever White House "camp-out."

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A flood of Girl Scouts rush the president for a group hug as he and first lady Michelle Obama welcome them for a camp-out on the South Lawn of the White House on June 30, 2015. A group of 50 fourth-grade Girl Scouts spent the night in tents to celebrate the scouting movement and the National Park Service centennial.

3. Marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to mark the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights protests.

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Walking alongside many of the original marchers, Obama makes his way across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to mark the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama, on March 7. The event commemorated "Bloody Sunday," when civil rights marchers attempting to walk to the Alabama capital of Montgomery to end voting discrimination against African-Americans clashed with police on the bridge.

4. Doing a traditional Yup'ik dance in Dillingham, Alaska.

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After his stop in Dillingham, Alaska, Obama joined the local students in a traditional Yup'ik dance.

5. Getting a good laugh during Halloween at the White House.

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Obama couldn't control his laughter after greeting a young child dressed as the pope and riding in a "Popemobile," while he handed out Halloween treats to children on the South Lawn of the White House.

6. Taking a selfie with the United States Women's National Soccer Team.

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Obama poses for a selfie taken by veteran star player Abby Wambach as he welcomed the United States Women's National Soccer Team to the White House in Washington to honor their victory in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

7. Meeting the winners of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) competitions from across the country.

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At the 2015 White House Science Fair, Obama shakes the hands of a group of 6-year-old Girls Scouts from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who designed a battery-powered page turner to help people who are paralyzed. The students were winners of STEM competitions from across the country.

8. Telling a good joke at the White House Correspondents' Association Gala.

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The president's translator, as portrayed by comedian Keegan-Michael Key, gestures as President Obama speaks at the annual White House Correspondents' Association Gala.

9. Awaiting the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan for a state dinner at the White House.

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President Obama has his tie adjusted by first lady Michelle Obama.

10. Awarding the Medal of Honor to retired U.S. Army Captain Florent "Flo" Groberg.

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Obama awards the Medal of Honor to retired U.S. Army Captain Florent "Flo" Groberg in the East Room of the White House. Groberg received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a personal security detachment commander during combat operations in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

11. The late-night television appearances.

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Obama speaks with Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, during a taping of the show in New York on July 21. The appearance marks Obama's third time on the show as president, and seventh time overall.

12. Applauding the three heroes who overpowered a gunman on a Paris-bound train.

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Obama poses for a picture with U.S. Army Specialist Alek Skarlatos, U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, and Anthony Sadler during a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House on Sept. 17. The three friends are considered heroes for helping overpower a gunman on a Paris-bound train on Aug. 21, 2015.

13. Signing the the Every Student Succeeds Act into law.

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Members of Congress, education leaders and students applaud after U.S. President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act during a ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C. According to the White House, the new law is supposed to eliminate the "one-size-fits-all mandates" of the unpopular 2001 No Child Left Behind Act.

14. Delivering the commencement speech at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation.

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Obama and Ensign Robert Huntley McConnel strike a pose after he received his diploma and commission at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation on May 20th in New London, Connecticut.

15. Enjoying a beer on the morning of the G7 summit.

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During the course of the two-day summit, G7 leaders discussed global economic and security issues, as well as pressing global health-related issues, including antibiotics-resistant bacteria and Ebola. They also enjoyed the local brews.

16. Visiting the Sweet Darlings ice cream shop in Seward, Alaska.

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Obama looks on at the ice cream selection while chatting with children during a stop at Sweet Darlings on Sept. 1.

17. Addressing the Young African Leaders Initiative Summit.

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The Y.A.L.I. Mandela Washington Fellowship participants sing "Happy Birthday" to U.S. President Barack Obama at the Omni Shoreham Hotel on Aug. 3, in Washington, D.C. Identified as Sub-Saharan Africa's "most promising young leaders," 500 people were invited by the U.S. State Department for the three-day summit to interact with representatives from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

18. Visiting the people of New Orleans, 10 years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city.

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and President Barack Obama meet residents during a tour of the Treme neighborhood on Aug. 27 in New Orleans. President Obama visited New Orleans to praise its people's "extraordinary resilience" 10 years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Big Easy and shattered Americans' confidence in government.

19. Visiting the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington.

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Obama participates in a literacy service project at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, in Washington, D.C., to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 19.

20. Planting trees at Raj Ghat, the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial.

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Obama participates in a tree-planting ceremony at Raj Ghat, the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, in the Indian capital of New Delhi, on Jan. 25. The president held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the start of a three-day India visit aimed at consolidating increasingly close ties between the world's two largest democracies.

21. Discussing clean-energy jobs at Hill Air Force Base in Utah.

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The president walks to the lectern between rows of solar panels to speak about clean-energy jobs at Hill Air Force Base in Utah on April 3.

22. Catching salmon with the with fishermen of Dillingham, Alaska.

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Obama holds a silver salmon up while meeting with fishermen on Kanakanak Beach in Dillingham, Alaska, on Sept. 2.

23. Pardoning one lucky turkey on Thanksgiving.

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Obama "pardons" Abe, a 42-pound male turkey during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House on Nov. 25. In a tradition dating back to 1947, the president pardons a turkey from becoming a Thanksgiving Day feast.

24. Serving Thanksgiving meals to the homeless and at-risk veterans of Washington, D.C.

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Obama and his family serve Thanksgiving meals to homeless and at-risk veterans at Friendship Place on Nov. 25 in Washington, D.C. Earlier in the day, Obama participated in the annual turkey pardon at the White House.

25. Lighting his Christmas tree with Miss Piggy and Santa.

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Miss Piggy, Santa Claus, and President Obama laugh onstage during the national Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at the White House on Dec. 3 in Washington, D.C. The lighting of the tree is an annual tradition attended by the president and the first family.

26. Catching the Chicago Bulls play the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Obama watches courtside during the season opening game between the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 27 in Chicago. The Bulls defeated the Cavaliers 97–95.

27. Honoring the San Francisco Giants as the 2014 World Series champions.

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Showing off an autographed baseball given to him by the San Francisco Giants, Obama honored the 2014 World Series champions during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on June 4.

28. Announcing the "Let Girls Learn" initiative.

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First lady Michelle Obama looks at President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House, as they announce their "Let Girls Learn" initiative. The Obama administration expanded efforts by directing a variety of federal agencies to work with other countries to help young girls worldwide attend and stay in school.

29. Dancing with Michelle at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 45th Phoenix Awards Dinner.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama share a dance onstage after delivering remarks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 45th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner on Sep. 19, where the president paid tribute to female leaders in civil rights.

30. Delivering the State of the Union speech before members of Congress.

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President Obama delivers the State of the Union speech before members of Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, where he laid out a broad agenda to address income inequality, making it easier for Americans to afford college education, and child care.

31. Signing the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act into law.

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Surrounded by lawmakers and family members of slain police officers, Obama signs this act into law in the Oval Office on May 19. Ramos and Liu were the New York City police officers shot dead while in a patrol car in December 2014 by a killer who said he wanted to kill police in revenge for the deaths of black men by police.

32. Addressing the historic World Climate Change Conference 2015.

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President Barack Obama addresses the opening ceremony of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 on Nov. 30 at Le Bourget, on the outskirts of Paris. World leaders opened a historic summit in the French capital with "the hope of all of humanity" laid on their shoulders as they sought a deal to tame calamitous climate change.

33. Meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the United Nations General Assembly.

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The president is seen extending his hand to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting at the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Sept. 28.

34. Paying respect to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, joined by White House staff, stand as "Taps" is played on the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

35. Addressing the nation from the Oval Office after the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.

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President Obama addresses the country from the Oval Office on Dec. 6, in regard to terrorism threats to the United States and the recent San Bernardino attack.

36. Consoling Vice President Joe Biden during funeral services for Biden's son, Beau Biden.

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Obama hugs Vice President Joe Biden during funeral services for Biden's son, Beau Biden, at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington, Delaware.

37. Addressing the nation after the tragic shootings at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Obama pauses as he makes a statement regarding the shooting in Charleston on June 18 at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House.

38. Joining Pope Francis on his first visit to the United States.

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Obama stands with Pope Francis during an arrival ceremony for the pope at the White House.

39. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly.

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Obama addresses the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 28 in New York City, speaking to world leaders gathered for the 70th session of the annual meeting.

40. Hanging with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the G7 summit.

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Germany's chancellor, Angela Merkel, opens her arms wide with emotion while chatting with Barack Obama sitting on a bench outside the Elmau Castle, after a working session of a G7 summit in southern Germany.

Cheers to four more years! (JK, get some rest, man.)

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