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** FILE ** President Obama prepares for budget talks. (Associated Press)

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President Obama, flanked by lawmakers and Cabinet members, signs the Wall Street reform and consumer protection bill on July 21, 2010. Now Republican lawmakers are using legislative means to try to weaken it. Their hope is to force some compromises on agency budgets and regulatory nominees. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this June 30, 2011, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

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President Barack Obama walks off of Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 30, 2011, after returning from fundraising in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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President Obama (center) and Adm. Mike Mullen (right), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sit with outgoing Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates during a tribute to Mr. Gates on June 30, 2011, at the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama gestures during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Obama gestures during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on June 29, 2011. (Associated Press)

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President Obama gestures during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on June 29, 2011. (Associated Press)

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President Obama gestures during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on June 29, 2011. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** The Obama administration recently decided to release 30 million barrels of oil from the country's emergency reserve as part of a broader international response to lost oil supplies caused by turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

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President Obama works the crowd after speaking at the Alcoa Davenport Works aluminum factory in Bettendorf, Iowa, on Tuesday, June 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to the media at the Federal Courthouse in Chicago on June 27, 2011. Blagojevich has been convicted of 17 of the 20 charges against him, including all 11 charges related to his attempt to sell or trade President Obama's vacated Senate seat. At right is his wife Patti. (Associated Press)

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CRITIC: Former Vice President Al Gore says President Obama has "failed to use the bully pulpit to make the case for bold action on climate change." (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS President Obama (seated, second from left), Vice President Joseph R. Biden (far left), Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (seated, second from right), Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates (seated, far right) and others follow the unfolding mission that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS When gay supporters at a New York fundraiser pressed President Obama on whether he supports same-sex marriage, he said "gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every other couple" but avoided giving a definitive answer.

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Spc. Gavin Fruge, 22, of Crowley, La., left, watches a rebroadcast of President Barack Obama's speech on proposed troop withdrawal with fellow soldiers at Kandahar Airfield Thursday, June 23, 2011, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS President Obama is in the process of finalizing the number of troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan, according to a spokesman.

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** FILE ** President Obama speaks in Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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President Barack Obama gestures in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex, Wednesday, June 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama, left, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, right, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are on the first green as they play golf at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Saturday, June 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)