President Barack Obama outlined an ambitious second-term agenda in January 2013. But it didn't take long for the second-term curse to set in. The Obama administration was plagued by controversy and scandal a few short months into the president's second term.
Here's a look at several Obama scandals and controversies during his two terms in office.
Questions about how the Obama administration handled the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 and 12, 2012, dogged the president for months. Republicans portrayed this as an Obama scandal but the White House dismissed it as politics as usual.
Among other things, critics accused Obama of downplaying links to Islamic militants in the runup to the 2012 presidential election.
The IRS scandal of 2013 refers to the Internal Revenue Service's disclosure that it had targeted conservative and Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny leading up to the 2012 presidential election between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.
The fallout was fierce, and led to the resignation of the head of the tax agency.
The move was described as a last resort in a leak probe, but it nonetheless outraged journalists, who called the seizure a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into The AP's news gathering operation.
Obama promised to spend much of the following four years in the White House trying to address the causes of global warming. But he came under fire from environmentalists when he indicated his administration could approve the $7.6 billion Keystone XL Pipeline to carry oil across 1,179 miles from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska.
Find out what went into the decision-making process when it came to the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Who's idea was this, anyway?
When sequestration was first put in the Budget Control Act of 2011 to encourage Congress to reduce the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion by the end of 2012, the White House and Republican lawmakers alike praised the mechanism.
And then came the budget cuts. And nobody wanted to own the sequester. So who's idea was it? You might be surprised.
Barack Obama has been called the "most anti-gun president in American history." Fears that Obama would try to ban guns fueled record sales of weapons during his presidency.
But how many gun laws did Obama sign? And did any of them actually place restrictions on gun owners?