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President Barack Obama gestures during a news conference, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, in the White House briefing room in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the White House briefing room in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper appeared in front of reporters Dec. 7, 2011, to answer questions after meeting at the White House about border issues, including the Keystone oil pipeline project. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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President Obama urges Republican lawmakers to extend the payroll-tax cut in remarks to reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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The president will travel Tuesday to Osawatomie, Kan., where in August 1910, Theodore Roosevelt gave a famous speech 17 months after leaving the White House. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** The National Christmas Tree is pictured after it was lit by President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha Obama and and mother-in-law Marian Robinson, at the Ellipse across from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec., 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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First lady Michelle Obama, with Kermit the frog, sings songs with daughters Malia, left, and Sasha Obama after the lighting of the National Christmas Tree at the Ellipse across from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec., 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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The National Christmas Tree is pictured after it was lit by President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia and Sasha Obama at the Ellipse across from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec., 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia and Sasha Obama arrive for lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse across from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec., 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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The National Christmas Tree is pictured with the White House in the background after it was lit on the Ellipse across from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec., 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Republican National Committee The Republican National Committee's official "Take Back the White House" Christmas tree ornament is among the holiday offerings at gopstore.com.

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President Obama listens as European Council President Herman Van Rompuy speaks with the media on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

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President Obama, with daughters Sasha and Malia, pardons Liberty, a 19-week-old, 45-pound turkey, at the White House on Nov. 23, 2011, the day before Thanksgiving. At left is National Turkey Federation Chairman Richard Huisinga. (Associated Press)

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Liberty, a 19-week old, 45-pound turkey, is seen Nov. 23, 2011, at the White House before being pardoned by President Obama. (Associated Press)

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Liberty, a 19-week old, 45-pound turkey, is seen Nov. 23, 2011, at the White House before being pardoned by President Obama. (Associated Press)

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President Obama, with daughters Sasha and Malia, pardons Liberty, a 19-week-old, 45-pound turkey, at the White House on Nov. 23, 2011, the day before Thanksgiving. At left is National Turkey Federation Chairman Richard Huisinga. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama makes a statement at the White House after the congressional debt supercommittee failed to reach an agreement on debt reduction on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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President Obama speaks Nov, 21, 2011, at the White House before signing legislation that will provide tax credits to help put veterans back to work. (Associated Press)

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First lady Michelle Obama (right) speaks Nov, 21, 2011, at the White House before President Obama (left) signs legislation that will provide tax credits to help put veterans back to work. (Associated Press)

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President Obama signs legislation during a ceremony at the White House on Nov. 21, 2011, that will provide tax credits to help put veterans back to work. First lady Michelle Obama (left) and Jill Biden (right) look on. (Associated Press)