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Personal reflections on the Obama presidency

100 days after Barack Obama took office, BBC World Service journalists got back in touch with some of the people they met during the US presidential election campaign.

They asked them how their lives had changed since President Obama took office, and to take photographs that reflected their experiences.

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Denesa Segrest and her son

Denesa says she still feels anxiety, but it's of a different kind

Denesa Segrest is a housing counsellor in Memphis, Tenessee.

Her job is to advise people who are having problems paying their mortgages and facing foreclosure.

When she spoke to the BBC last summer she was facing the prospect of losing her own home.

Click here to see Denesa's pictures.

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Dale Beatty competing in a marathon

Dale Beatty lost both his legs in the Iraq war

Dale Beatty is a veteran from Moorseville in North Carolina.

A former sergeant in the Army National Guard, Dale was injured during an attack on his Humvee whilst serving in Iraq.

Last year he told the BBC he said he wasn't sure if Barack Obama had a true understanding of American ideals.

Click here to see Dale's pictures.

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Pastor Mike Skidmore

Pastor Skidmore faced bankruptcy when his wife fell ill

Mike Skidmore is the pastor of a small town in New Mexico called Truth or Consequences.

When he spoke to the BBC last year he voiced his opposition to the kind of healthcare reforms that Barack Obama was proposing.

He said he had a strong belief in personal responsibility and said he didn't think other people should pay for his healthcare.

Click her to see Mike's pictures.

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The Bridges family

The Bridges family


Kirstin Bridges is the mother of two children and lives in Palisades, New York.

When she met the BBC just before the election, she hadn't decided who she was going to vote for.

She said she was going to rely on her gut instinct when she was in the polling booth.

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Susan Bitter Smith

Susan says her profit margin is 'down to nothing'

Susan Bitter Smith runs a business in Scottsdale, Arizona.

She was a strong supporter of John McCain's bid for presidency.

When she spoke to the BBC in September, she feared that an Obama presidency would have a negative impact on small businesses in America.

Click here to see Susan's pictures.

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Joe Maggioncalde

Joe Maggioncalde has worked in the car industry for most of his life

Joe Maggioncalde works as a fork lift truck driver at one of General Motors' factories in Michigan.

Last year he told the BBC there was no future for any young person in the US automobile industry.

Has his opinion changed?

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First broadcast 28 April 2009

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