April 4, 2009: Obama says there are "glimmers of hope" in the economy
May 19, 2009: Congress passes historic credit card reform legislation
July 23, 2009 -- Obama addresses the nation on health care
July 28, 2009: Glenn Beck announces that Barack Obama "has a deep-seated hatred for white people."
August, 2009 -- Tea Partiers take over health care town hall meetings
August 10, 2009, Taking advantage of their second amendment rights but scaring the heck out of the Secret Service, some New Hampshire residents bring guns outside an Obama rally.
November 3, 2009: GOP picks up NJ and VA governors mansions. Democrats manage to hold onto a House seat in New York because of divisions within the Republican Party.
November 20, 2009 TARP watchdog Elizabeth Warren says that while TARP saved the banking system it did little for consumers, their mortgages, and their confidence.
December 2009 -- Harry Reid, the majority leader, cuts a deal with two Democratic senators to bring them on board the health care bill. Ben Nelson of Nebraska secures $100 million in extra Medicaid payments; this is immediately dubbed as the "Cornhusker Kickback," and poisons people's views about the way that Democrats were crafting the legislation.
December 25, 2009: An Al Qaeda-trained terrorist nearly blows up a Northwest Airlines flight over Detroit.
January 20, 2010: Scott Brown stuns the world by winning Ted Kennedy's vacated Senate seat in Massachusetts. The Tea Party claims him as their first candidate, but Brown later shuns the label.
January 21, 2010: The White House announces support for the "Volcker" rule, which would restrict derivatives trading.
January 30, 2010 -- Obama schools Republicans at their retreat in Baltimore, energizing Democrats ahead of a key health care vote.
Feb 3, 2010: Obama says a "corner has turned" for the economy.
Feb 3, 2010: It's revealed that AIG executes netted $100 million in bonuses. The Treasury Department seems helpless to intervene and Obama seems to have to force himself to match the public's level of anger, even though he really is angry.
Feb 6, 2010 -- Sarah Palin addresses the first major Tea Party gathering in Nashville, TN and throws out the memorable line: "How's that Hopey-Changey thing working out?" (Note: at the same rally, she reads notes off her hand.)
Feb 20-22, 2010: The White House makes it clear that it does not support the "public option" for health care reform if it would lead to the bill's collapse in Congress. The "professional left" goes on a complete tear.
March 21, 2010 -- The House passes health care reform after 13 months of struggle. Democrats are decidedly unenthusiastic.
April 3, 2010 -- Obama says the "worst is over" as regards the economy.
April 20, 2010: A blow-out converter on BP's "Deepwater Horizon" well ruptures, and for months, oil seeps into the Gulf of Mexico. The administration is later accused of not responding quickly to the crisis, though it is hard, in retrospect, to see what more they could have done. Obama holds regular meetings about the crisis, but he does not ramp up his public visibility until weeks later.