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The president spoke in the Rose Garden after a meeting with congressional leaders of both parties at the White House. Among those present was House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, who has ratcheted up his criticism of Mr. Obama in recent weeks, accusing the president of stooping to partisan attacks and saying Mr. Obama cannot sell his economic plan.

Mr. Obama has argued that Mr. Boehner and Republicans are trying to advance the same agenda that led the country into the recession.

From wire dispatches and staff reports