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President Obama makes opening remarks during a press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivias)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel takes some ribbing regarding his comment about someday wanting to be mayor of Chicago in April at the sixth annual Richard J. Daley Global Cities Forum in Chicago.

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President Barack Obama departs the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, for a day-trip to Cleveland, Ohio where he will talk about the economy. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a tribute to renowned dancer, Judith Jamison, choreographer and artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Alex Ko, 13, of Iowa City, Iowa, the new "Billy Elliot" on Broadway, meets Judith Jamison, choreographer and artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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** FILE ** Jefferson Thomas (left), Ernest Green (center) and President Bill Clinton sing together at the conclusion of a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony at the White House to honor Mr. Thomas, Mr. Green and the other members of the Little Rock Nine, the black students who integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1957.

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President Obama reports on the economy from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington as the latest unemployment figures are released on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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In this image released by the White House, President Obama, second left, holds a working dinner with, clockwise from left, Jordan's King Abdullah II, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Quartet Representative Tony Blair, Special Envoy for Mideast peace George Mitchell, and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, in Washington. (AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza)

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) engages Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after his remarks on the Middle East peace negotiations Wednesday in the East Room of the White House. (Associated Press)

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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Barack Obama, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah II walk to East Room of the White House before making statements on the Middle East peace negotiations in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS "Concern about the deficit cannot be an excuse for leaving unemployed workers to suffer," says Christina Romer, who steps down Friday as the White House's top economist.

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President Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday in Arlington, Va., as the U.S. prepares to relaunch Middle East peace talks at the White House. (Associated Press)

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Renovations to the Oval Office, including a new carpet, drapes, wallpaper and furniture, are pictured on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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President Obama walks out of the Oval Office of the White House on Monday to make a statement on the economy in the Rose Garden. (Associated Press)

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President Obama makes a statement Monday on the economy in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Associated Press)

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President Obama makes a statement on the economy, Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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President Obama makes a statement on the economy, Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2010 file photo, Major Garrett, chief White House correspondent for the FOX News Channel, is pictured in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, file)

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** FILE ** John Brennan (left), President Obama's counterterrorism adviser, accompanied by White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton, speaks during a news conference in Vineyard Haven, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard on Friday, Aug. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)