Obama’s 2010: By the Numbers

Obama’s 2010: By the Numbers

Posted by Mark Knoller
(Credit: CBS/AP)

WASHINGTON – No numbers in the year just ending are more consequential for President Obama than the results of the midterm elections. His party lost seats in the Senate and its majority in the House. The full impact of those numbers will only start to be felt when the 112th Congress convenes next Wednesday. 

But other numbers from 2010 add shading and perspective to other aspects of the second year of the Obama presidency:

Speeches, statements and remarks: 491

Since taking office: 883

News conferences and press availabilities: 27

Formal, solo White House Press Conferences: 6

Since taking office: 69 total, 11 WH.

Town hall meetings: 17

Since taking office: 40

Backyard chats: 7


Domestic trips: 65 spanning 104 days

Since taking office: 111 spanning 176 days

States visited for the first time: 9

Since taking office: 38

Vacation trips: 6 (all or part of 32 days)

Since taking office: 10 spanning 58 days

Foreign trips: 6 trips to 8 countries spanning 22 days.

Since taking office: 16 trips to 25 countries spanning 70 days.

Flights on Air Force One: 172

Since taking office: 328

Flights on Marine One: 196

Since taking office: 386

Unemployment Rates:

January 8 2010: 10 percent.

December 3, 2010: 9.8 percent.

National Debt in 2010: Up $1.56-trillion

January 1, 2010: $12.311-trillion

December 28, 2010: $13.871-trillion

Bills signed in 2010: 203.

Since taking office: 329.

Cabinet meetings: 6

Since taking office: 12

Visits to Camp David:

In 2010: 4 visits, 8 days.

Since taking office: 15 visits: 35 days.


Golf: 29 rounds in 2010

Since taking office: 57 rounds.

Basketball: 20 basketball outings.

Since taking office: 28

Interviews: 107 in 2010

Since taking office: 254

Meetings with foreign leaders: In 2010, President Obama had face-to-face meetings with 61 foreign leaders, 30 for the first time.

Days of no appearances: 24

Since taking office: 45

Presidential pardons: 9

-President Obama granted the first and only pardons of his presidency on Dec 3, 2010.

Mark Knoller is a CBS News White House correspondent. You can read more of his posts in Hotsheet here. You can also follow him on Twitter here.

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