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President Obama walks back toward the Rose Garden of the White House on Monday after meeting students from Altona Middle School in Longmont, Colo. The president received a letter from a school parent who was worried that her son's trip would be canceled by a government shutdown, which was averted. (Associated Press)

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney speaks his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, April, 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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**FILE** David Plouffe, former White House senior adviser. (Associated Press)

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Republican Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, appearing on "Meet the Press," says the White House needs to cut back on spending. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** President Obama is introduced by White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe before the president speaks at a Democratic National Committee event in Washington on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. (AP Photo)

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**FILE** President Obama speaks in the Blue Room of the White House about the budget and averted government shutdown after a deal was made between Republican and Democrat lawmakers on April 8, 2011. (Associated Press)

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President Obama speaks to reporters at the White House in Washington on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, after meeting with House Speaker John A. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid regarding the budget and the possible government shutdown. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner (right), Ohio Republican, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, speak to reporters after their meeting at the White House in Washington with President Obama regarding the budget and possible government shutdown, on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Obama gestures while speaking Tuesday about the possible government shutdown at the White House in Washington. (Associated Press)

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President Obama speaks about a possible government shutdown this week during a press conference at the White House in Washington on Tuesday, April 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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White House press secretary Jay Carney briefs reporters at the White House in Washington on Friday, April 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Mary Fuhrman, with the League of Women Voters of North Orange County, Calif., listens Thursday at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, Calif., to a presentation on "The Gap," the infamous 181¿2-minute gap in a White House tape recording, as part of the Watergate Gallery exhibit on the history of the 1970s scandal. (Associated Press)

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Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale (center) arrives for the funeral Mass in New York City for former vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, his Democratic running mate in the failed 1984 campaign for the White House. (Associated Press)

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Former White House press secretary James Brady, who was left paralyzed in President Reagan's assassination attempt, visits lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, the 30th anniversary of the shooting. (Associated Press)

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White House Easter Egg Roll (Courtesy of the White House)

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Vice President Biden whispers sweet nothings to President Obama during the health care ceremony at the White House a year ago. (Associated Press)

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President Obama makes a statement Friday on Libya in the East Room of the White House. (Associated Press)

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President Obama makes an opening statement during a press conference at the White House in Washington on Friday, March 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Kirk Smalley and his wife, Laura Field, of Perkins, Okla., and Sirdeaner Walker from Springfield, Mass., listen at the Conference on Bullying Prevention in the East Room of the White House on Thursday. The couple's 11-year-old son, Ty Field, committed suicide after reportedly being bullied at school, and Ms. Walker's 11-year-old son, Joseph Walker-Hoover, also committed suicide, hanging himself from a third-floor banister after being picked on at school in spring 2009. (Associated Press)

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President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama speak at a conference on bullying prevention in the East Room of the White House on Thursday. "We all share a responsibility … to teach all children the Golden Rule: We should treat others the way we want to be treated," said Mr. Obama. (Associated Press)