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A peek at Obama's early thoughts on five days that marked his presidency

When President Barack Obama came into office, his assumption was that because of the state of the nation Republicans would feel obligated to work with him in an effort to dig the country out of the hole they’d helped dig. That hole, the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009, saw housing prices drop 30 percent and the unemployment rate rise from 5 percent in December 2007 to 10 percent by December 2010.
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