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President Barack Obama meets with Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Sen. Carl Levin said he doesn't know if a veto can be overridden, should President Obama go that route regarding the handling of al Qaeda terrorists.

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki makes a point at a joint news conference with President Obama on Monday at the White House. (Associated Press)

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President Obama meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at the White House on Dec. 12, 2011. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Rep. Jeff Landry, Louisiana Republican, holds a sign during a speech by President Obama to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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The Obama for America campaign to re-elect President Obama has mastered its official merchandising — including Joe Biden can coolers and Obama-themed gift wrap so popular that it currently is out of stock. (Image from barackobama.com)

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The Obama for America campaign to re-elect President Obama has mastered their official merchandising - including Joe Biden can coolers and Obama-themed gift wrap so popular that it is currently out of stock (images from barackobama.com)

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President Barack Obama, at center, crosses the field to sit on the Army side during half time in the tied 14-14 Army-Navy game at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. on Dec. 10, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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President Barack Obama, at center, crosses the field to sit on the Army side during half time in the tied 14-14 Army-Navy game at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., on Dec. 10, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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President Barak Obama changes to the Army side of the field during halftime of the Army-Navy game at Fedex Field, Landover, MD, Saturday, December 10, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** President Obama introduces former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as his nominee as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on July 18, 2011 at the White House. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama walks across Pennsylvania Avenue from Blair House to the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, after visiting a holiday party. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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** FILE ** President Barack Obama pauses 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 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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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich arrives by car with his wife, Patti, at the federal building in Chicago on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, for his sentencing hearing on 18 corruption counts, including trying to auction off President Obama's old Senate seat. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

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President Obama gestures while speaking about the economy on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at Osawatomie High School in Osawatomie, Kan. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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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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**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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ASSOCIATED PRESS Cellist Yo-Yo Ma (right) appears with violinist Itzhak Perlman at the Capitol during President Obama's inauguration in January 2009. Because of freezing outdoor temperatures, television viewers heard prerecorded music from Mr. Ma's string quartet.