President Barack Obama upon learning that the Supreme Court had affirmed Affordable Care Act subsidies in June 2015
White House photo by Pete Souza

Taking on the role of POTUS is no joke.

Various jokers are vying for the gig, but don't get it twisted. Assuming the presidential seat in the United States is not something to be taken lightly. After all, President Barack Obama is the head of state and commander in chief. The big cheese, responsible for ensuring that laws are enforced in the U.S. The pressure!

And the American people are harsh critics.

President Obama's approval ratings have waxed and waned over the years, but according to a recent Associated Press-GfK poll, POTUS’ approval is on the upswing. Fifty-three percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Obama, while 44 percent have an unfavorable opinion. Win some, lose some?

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Take a look at Obama’s presidential approval ratings (as compiled by Gallup) over the years. (Note: The high is the highest percentage approval that Obama received in a specific year, and the low is the lowest percentage. There were years when he received a high or low multiple times.) And the quotes, by the way, are our own.

White House photo by Pete Souza
Official White House photo by Pete Souza
White House photo by Pete Souza  
White House photo by Pete Souza
White House photo by Pete Souza
White House photo by Pete Souza
White House photo by Pete Souza
White House photo by Pete Souza
White House photo by Pete Souza
White House photo by Pete Souza
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White House photo by Pete Souza
White House photo by Pete Souza
White House photo by Pete Souza
White House photo by Pete Souza
Official White House photo by Pete Souza
White House photo by Pete Souza
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White House photo by Pete Souza
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 White House photo by Pete Souza

Felice León is multimedia editor at The Root.