President Obama, accompanied by first responders behind him, speaks in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office building on the White House complex in Washington on Feb. 19, 2013, to urge Congress to come up with an alternative plan to avert automatic spending cuts set to kick in on March 1. (Associated Press)

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President Obama, accompanied by first responders behind him, speaks in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office building on the White House complex in Washington on Feb. 19, 2013, to urge Congress to come up with an alternative plan to avert automatic spending cuts set to kick in on March 1. (Associated Press)