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** FILE ** President Barack Obama makes an opening statement during his first news conference after Election Day, 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 speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2012, after the Supreme Court ruled on his health care legislation. (AP Photo/Luke Sharrett/Pool)

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This Aug. 4, 2010 file photo shows President Barack Obama standing with AFL-CIO Presidet Richard Trumka after he spoke about jobs and the economy at the AFL-CIO Executive Council in Washington. ìThere are things the president can do, and we'll be expecting that leadership from President Obama," Trumka told reporters after the election. Topping the list, for now, is a push to raise taxes on wealthy Americans and discouraging Obama from agreeing to any deal with Republicans over the looming "fiscal cliff" that cuts into Social Security and Medicare benefits. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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After a seven-week pause, Congress returns Tuesday to a crowded agenda of unfinished business overshadowed by the urgent need for President Barack Obama and lawmakers to avert the economic double hit of tax increases and automatic spending cuts, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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After a seven-week pause, Congress returns Tuesday to a crowded agenda of unfinished business overshadowed by the urgent need for President Barack Obama and lawmakers to avert the economic double hit of tax increases and automatic spending cuts, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Monday the Obama administration is close to a decision on how many American troops will stay in Afghanistan after the U.S.-led combat mission ends in 2014, noting the decision could come in the “next few weeks.” (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Monday the Obama administration is close to a decision on how many American troops will stay in Afghanistan after the U.S.-led combat mission ends in 2014, noting the decision could come in the “next few weeks.” (Associated Press)

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2008: As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama flies over Baghdad with the U.S. commander. Iraq’s government welcomed Mr. Obama with a message of apparent common ground on American troop withdrawal. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama walks in as he delivers pizzas to volunteers during an unscheduled visit to a local campaign field office, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 in Orlando Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama holds up a pen as he speaks about the economy and the deficit, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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** FILE ** President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2012, after the Supreme Court ruled on his health care legislation. (AP Photo/Luke Sharrett/Pool)

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President Barack Obama speaks about the economy and the deficit, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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In this still image from a BarackObama.com campaign video, President Obama wipes away tears as he thanks members of his campaign staff and volunteers in Chicago on Nov. 7, 2012, a day after he won re-election. (Associated Press/BarackObama.com)

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In this still image from a BarackObama.com campaign video, President Obama wipes away tears as he thanks members of his campaign staff and volunteers in Chicago on Nov. 7, 2012, a day after he won re-election. (Associated Press/BarackObama.com)

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FILE - This Nov. 7, 2012 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaks at his election night party, in Chicago.

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**FILE** Attendees at the Retreat Session of the East Asia Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, on Nov. 19, 2011, include (from left) U.S. President Barack Obama, Myanmar President Thein Sein (rear), Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Vietnamese President Nguyen Tan Dung, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave while boarding Air Force One before leaving O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

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** FILE ** President Obama and his family arrive Nov. 7, 2012, in their vehicle to the North Portico of the White House in Washington for the first time after his re-election. (Associated Press/The New York Times)

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President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha arrive at the election night party Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago. Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha arrive at the election night party Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago. Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)