Barack Obama: How well do you know America's 44th president?

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President Barack Obama is framed by runway lights as he walks across the tarmac to Air Force One while departing from Paine Field, in Everett, Wash., in February 2012.

A lot has happened since Barack Obama was elected president in 2008. Have you been paying attention? Test your knowledge of the man currently in the Oval Office with this quiz on notable events – both large and small – from the Obama presidency. 

1. At a blues concert in the East Room of the White House featuring performers Mick Jagger and B.B. King, President Obama sang into the mic a line of what song?

“Let’s Stay Together”

“The Thrill is Gone”

“Sweet Home Chicago”

“I Put a Spell on You”

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