President Obama (center), flanked by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (left) and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, makes a statement at the start of a Cabinet meeting at the White House on Oct. 3, 2011. (Associated Press)

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President Obama (center), flanked by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (left) and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, makes a statement at the start of a Cabinet meeting at the White House on Oct. 3, 2011. (Associated Press)