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**FILE** Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr. at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009. (J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times)

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“I believe, at a fundamental level, that the process of rebalancing is a substantial effort that will take years.” — Assistant Secretary of State Kurt M. Campbell on the Obama administration’s new Asia policy called the “pivot” (Associated Press)

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“I believe, at a fundamental level, that the process of rebalancing is a substantial effort that will take years.” — Assistant Secretary of State Kurt M. Campbell on the Obama administration’s new Asia policy called the “pivot” (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama speaks at the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) symposium being held at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Barack Obama gestures pauses while speaking at The Rodon Group manufacturing facility, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Hatfield, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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President Barack Obama gestures pauses while speaking at The Rodon Group manufacturing facility, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Hatfield, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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President Barack Obama gestures pauses while speaking at The Rodon Group manufacturing facility, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Hatfield, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to speak at The Rodon Group manufacturing facility, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Hatfield, Pa. Obama spoke at the toy company about how middle class Americans would see their taxes go up if Congress fails to act to extend the middle class tax cuts. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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President Barack Obama waves as he arrives before speaking at the Rodon Group, which manufactures over 95% of the parts for KíNEX Brands toys, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Hatfield, Pa. The visit comes as the White House continues a week of public outreach efforts, while also attempting to negotiate a deal with congressional leaders. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at The Rodon Group manufacturing facility, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Hatfield, Pa. Obama spoke at the toy company about how middle class Americans would see their taxes go up if Congress fails to act to extend the middle class tax cuts. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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President Barack Obama speaks at The Rodon Group manufacturing facility, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Hatfield, Pa. Obama spoke at the toy company about how middle class Americans would see their taxes go up if Congress fails to act to extend the middle class tax cuts. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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President Barack Obama greets the crowd after speaking at The Rodon Group manufacturing facility, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Hatfield, Pa. Obama spoke at the toy company about how middle class Americans would see their taxes go up if Congress fails to act to extend the middle class tax cuts. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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President Barack Obama greets the crowd after speaking at The Rodon Group manufacturing facility, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Hatfield, Pa. Obama spoke at the toy company about how middle class Americans would see their taxes go up if Congress fails to act to extend the middle class tax cuts. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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President Barack Obama walks up the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Obama will visit K'NEX, a construction toy company based in Hatfield, Pa. The visit comes as the White House continues a week of public outreach efforts, while also attempting to negotiate a deal with congressional leaders. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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President Barack Obama walks on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, before boarding the Marine One helicopter enroute to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., then onto Hatfield, Pa. to speak at the Rodon Group manufacturing facility. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks about the Thanksgiving holiday in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The White House said Tuesday, Nov. 27, that the president plans to make a public case this week for his strategy for dealing with the looming fiscal cliff, traveling to the Philadelphia suburbs Friday as he pressures Republicans to allow tax increases on the wealthy while extending tax cuts for families earning $250,000 or less. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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** FILE ** President Barack Obama makes an opening statement during his news conference, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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** FILE ** President Barack Obama makes an opening statement during his news conference, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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With the presidential seal on the wall in the background, President Barack Obama pauses in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, on the White House campus in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, where he spoke about how middle class Americans would see their taxes go up if Congress fails to act to extend the middle class tax cuts. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, on the White House campus in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, about how middle class Americans would see their taxes go up if Congress fails to act to extend the middle class tax cuts. The president said he believes that members of both parties can reach a framework on a debt-cutting deal before Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)