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** FILE ** President Barack Obama talks briefly about taxes and his meeting the day before with Republican and Democratic Congressional leaders on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, in the Oval Office at the White in Washington. The president was in a meeting with former Secretary of State Colin Powell, not shown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who was at the White House for a meeting with President Obama in October, said the South Korea free-trade deal reached last week does not go far enough to protect American jobs. (Associated Press)

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Budget Director Jacob Lew talks with the media on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 after attending the Senate Democratic caucus to discuss President Obama's tax-cut deal with the Republicans. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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POINTED REMARKS: At a news conference Tuesday, President Obama likened the GOP to hostage-takers, hearkening back to his accusations that Republicans were holding middle-class tax cuts "hostage." (Associated Press)

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President Obama makes a opening statement during a press conference in the White House briefing room in Washington on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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President Obama speaks to the news media Monday after meeting with Democratic congressional leaders about a year-end bipartisan agreement to extend expiring tax cuts. He said "there are things that I do not like" about the compromise with Republicans in exchange for an unemployment insurance extension. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama speaks about the U.S. economy to local business leaders and students and faculty at Forsyth County Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Monday, Dec. 6, 2010. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Shawn Rocco)

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President Obama speaks Monday during a visit to Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Associated Press)

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Recipients of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors -- including, from left, Bill T. Jones, Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey -- react to the President Obama's introduction of Mr. McCartney during a reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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President Barack Obama, together with U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, left, and Deputy National Security Adviser Michael Froman, right, makes a statement about the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, in Washington (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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President Barack Obama waves as he is introduced to the troops at a rally during an unannounced visit at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama is greeted by NATO Commander in Afghanistan Gen. David Petraeus, left, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry, center, after stepping off Air Force One during an unannounced visit to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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** FILE ** In this Nov. 10, 2010, file photo, Erskine Bowles, left, watches former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson, co-chairman of President Barack Obama's bipartisan deficit commission, speak at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat, joined one House Democrat and three House Republicans to oppose the report by President Obama's deficit commission.

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** FILE ** President Obama talks with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. as they walk to the Blair House from the White House in Washington on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, for a meeting with newly elected governors. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

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** FILE ** Then Florida Gov.-elect Rick Scott, center, attends a luncheon with White House administration officials, before President Barack Obama arrives, on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, at the Blair House across from the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Rhode Island Gov.-elect Lincoln Chafee is seen at the Blair House across from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, before President Barack Obama spoke to newly elected governors. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Washington Mayor-elect Vincent Gray speaks to members of the media outside the White House in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, following his luncheon meeting with President Obama. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray speaks to the news media outside the White House on Wednesday after his luncheon meeting with President Obama. The president said, "I'm unequivocally in support of voting rights for the District of Columbia," according to Mr. Gray.