President Barack Obama looks to the media as he walks to the Oval Office of the White House as he returns from greeting members of the staff, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Photo by: Carolyn Kaster

President Barack Obama looks to the media as he walks to the Oval Office of the White House as he returns from greeting members of the staff, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)