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President Barack Obama applauds after presenting the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, who rescued two members of his squad in October 2007 while fighting in the war in Afghanistan, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, to Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, who placed himself in the line of fire in Afghanistan to save two comrades. (AP Photo/Richard Bumgardner, Defense Department)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS President Obama eats green tea ice cream on Sunday as he visits the Great Buddha of Kamakura with Michiko Sato, temple director, and Takao Sato, the 15th chief monk of the temple, at Kotokuin Temple in Kamakura, Japan.

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Erskine Bowles (left) and former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson, co-chairmen of President Obama's bipartisan deficit commission, arrive for a news conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** President Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak hold a joint news conference at Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, on Nov. 11, 2010. (Associated Press)

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President Obama arrives in Seoul Wednesday for the Group of 20 summit. He has tried to reassure world leaders that the Fed's attempt to improve the U.S. economy will help the global economy too. (Associated Press)

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Iraqi President Jalal Talabani rejected a request by President Obama to give up his post in the new government. (Associated Press)

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President Obama and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono attend the official arrival ceremony at State Palace Complex-Istana Merdeka in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

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RED CARPET: President Obama reviews an Indian honor guard after his arrival Monday at the presidential palace in New Delhi. Mr. Obama pledged U.S. assistance in helping to resolve the long-running conflict over the disputed territory of Kashmir, but said the U.S. "cannot impose a solution." (Associated Press)

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President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh share a moment after a joint statement and press conference at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. Mr. Obama was on a three-day visit. He next travels to Indonesia en route to Seoul for a Group of 20 summit on global finance. (Associated Press)

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BIG DRAW: Indian artists do work depicting President Obama at a studio near Mumbai. His highly anticipated visit to the subcontinent will coincide with Diwali, "the festival of lights." It's the first stop of a 10-day Asian tour beginning Friday. (Associated Press)

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President Obama gestures as he moves off stage at the conclusion of a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday, at which he conceded Democrats took a "shellacking" by the voters Tuesday. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama walks past a portrait of former President Jimmy Carter, right, in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, as he headed to the East Room for a news conference the day after the midterm elections. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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** FILE ** President Obama answers a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Obama makes a final get-out-the-vote push for Democratic candidates in Ohio on Sunday. He is scheduled to give a news conference early Wednesday afternoon. (Associated Press)

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BACK AGAIN: As Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (right) looks on, President Obama addresses a Sunday rally at Cleveland State University. Mr. Obama has been to the swing state of Ohio on behalf of the Democratic nominees for governor and Senate a dozen times. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** John Brennan, deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism, briefs reporters at the White House in Washington on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, after President Obama made a statement about suspicious packages found on U.S.-bound planes. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Barack Obama is pictured during a commercial break as he talks with host Jon Stewart as he takes part in a taping of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Associated Press President Obama gestures during a TV commercial break as he chats with host Jon Stewart on a taping of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" Wednesday in Washington.