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First lady Michelle Obama gives a thumbs up to those who decorated the White House as she speaks to military families in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. The theme for the White House Christmas 2012 is Joy to All. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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** File ** First lady Michelle Obama shows the lollipop she decorated during a holiday decoration preview at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. (Associated Press)

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Associated Press Rep. Jackie Speier, California Democrat, says the White House's assistance plan designed to lower borrowers' monthly payments by reducing mortgage rates "has failed miserably."

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President Obama meets with Mexican President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto in the White House Tuesday, setting the stage for boosting relations between the nations. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this Nov. 27, 2012, file photo, President Obama meets with Mexican President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto in the White House, setting the stage for boosting relations between the nations. (Associated Press)

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FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks about the Thanksgiving holiday in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The White House said Tuesday, Nov. 27, that the president plans to make a public case this week for his strategy for dealing with the looming fiscal cliff, traveling to the Philadelphia suburbs Friday as he pressures Republicans to allow tax increases on the wealthy while extending tax cuts for families earning $250,000 or less. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks about the Thanksgiving holiday in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The White House said Tuesday, Nov. 27, that the president plans to make a public case this week for his strategy for dealing with the looming fiscal cliff, traveling to the Philadelphia suburbs Friday as he pressures Republicans to allow tax increases on the wealthy while extending tax cuts for families earning $250,000 or less. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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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** Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. speaks July 26, 2012, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (Associated Press)

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White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Alan Krueger, right, accompanied by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, speaks to the media about middle class tax cuts and spending, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Alan Krueger, right, accompanied by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, speaks to the media about middle class tax cuts and spending, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, center, followed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., leaves the White House the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, to speak to the media after meeting with President Barack Obama to discuss the economy and the deficit. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (right), Kentucky Republican, accompanied by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (left), California Democrat, and House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, gestures as he speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, following their meeting with President Obama to discuss the economy and the deficit. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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First lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia (left) and Sasha and the family dog, Bo, welcome the arrival of the official White House Christmas tree, a 19-foot Fraser Fir from Jefferson, N.C., on Nov. 23, 2012, at the North Portico of the White House in Washington. (Associated Press)

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First lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia (left) and Sasha and the family dog, Bo, welcome the arrival of the official White House Christmas tree, a 19-foot Fraser Fir from Jefferson, N.C., on Nov. 23, 2012, at the North Portico of the White House in Washington. (Associated Press)

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John Brennan, President Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser, speaks with The Associated Press during an interview in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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President Barack Obama returns from a trip to Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia, on the Marine One helicopter on the East Lawn of the White House in Washington in the early morning on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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**FILE** President Obama leaves the East Room of the White House on Nov. 14, 2012, following his first post-election news conference. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama leaves the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday,Nov. 14, 2012, following his first post election day news conference. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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**FILE** President Obama leaves the East Room of the White House on Nov. 14, 2012, following his first post-election news conference. (Associated Press)