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
News conferences and press availabilities: 27
-Formal, solo White House Press Conferences: 6
Town hall meetings: 17
-Backyard chats: 7
Domestic trips: 65 spanning 104 days
-Since taking office: 111 spanning 176 days
States visited for the first time: 9
Vacation trips: 6 (all or part of 32 days)
Foreign trips: 6 trips to 8 countries spanning 22 days.
Flights on Air Force One: 172
Flights on Marine One: 196
-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.
Cabinet meetings: 6
Visits to Camp David:
-In 2010: 4 visits, 8 days.
-Golf: 29 rounds in 2010
-Basketball: 20 basketball outings.
Interviews: 107 in 2010
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