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President Barack Obama awards the 2010 Medal of Freedom to artist Jasper Johns during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Barack Obama reaches up to present a 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom to basketball hall of fame member, former Boston Celtics coach and captain Bill Russell, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama stands with Libby Little, whose husband Dr. Tom Little, an optometrist killed in Afghanistan, is posthumously awarded the 2010 Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Barack Obama awards the 2010 Medal of Freedom to Warren Buffett during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Barack Obama kisses author and poet Maya Angelou after awarding her the 2010 Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Barack Obama awards cellist Yo-Yo Ma the 2010 Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Barack Obama presents a Medal of Freedom to Jean Kennedy Smith during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama awards baseball hall of fame member, former St. Louis Cardinals great Stan "The Man" Musial the 2010 Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Barack Obama awards civil rights activist Sylvia Mendez the 2010 Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Barack Obama presents AFL-CIO President Emeritus John Sweeney the 2010 Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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** FILE ** President Barack Obama presents Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., the 2010 Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Barack Obama awards Holocaust survivor and author Gerda Weissmann Klein a 2010 Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Barack Obama presents a 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom to John H. Adams, co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama gestures during a news conference on the White House complex in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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President Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, during the Medal of Freedom ceremony. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Obama, speaking at a news conference Tuesday, said he will push again for corporate tax increases that Congress failed to enact because "I continue to believe I'm right." (Associated Press)

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President Obama makes a statement about his budget during a press conference at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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CRITICAL: Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin (left) and fellow Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, presenting the GOP's response to Mr. Obama's budget, criticized its taxing and spending levels. (Associated Press)

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EDUCATION INITIATIVE: President Obama visits teacher Susan Yoder's science class at Parkville Middle School and Center of Technology in Parkville, Md., on Monday. Mr. Obama's $3.7 trillion fiscal 2012 budget boosts overall education spending by 11 percent. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama steps off Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington as he returns from Baltimore, Md., Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)