President Obama gestures while speaking about the role innovative technologies play in fuel economy standards and the economy on Aug. 11, 2011, at Johnson Controls Inc. in Holland, Mich. (Associated Press)
President Obama arrives at the White House on Aug. 9, 2011, after making an unannounced trip to Dover Air Force Base, in Dover, Del., to pay tribute to the 30 U.S. troops killed over the weekend in Afghanistan. (Associated Press)
Col. Mark Camerer (left), commander of the 436th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, greets President Obama on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. Mr. Obama was expected to meet privately with families of 30 Americans killed over the weekend in an International Security Assistance Force helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
A currency trader works in front of a TV showing U.S. President Barack Obama at the Korea Exchange Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. Asian equity markets were sharply down early Tuesday as investors fearing a possible global economic slowdown continued to flee stocks. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
STATE OF ECONOMY: "This is something we can do immediately, something we can do as soon as Congress gets back," President Obama says while seeking to inject a glimmer of hope into a gloomy economic picture. (Associated Press)
House pages cluster around President Obama before his State of the Union speech In January. After nearly 200 years, the House program is ending. The high school students served as messengers for lawmakers while getting a front-row seat to learn about Congress. (Associated Press)
"We are concerned about the acts of intimidation as well as their record on previous agreements and other activities. It's a real concern, I've raised it. It's not the intelligence committee that fails to understand the problem. It's the Obama administration."
-Former Sen. Christopher S. Bond, (right) who served as the vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence between 2007 and 2010
Adm. Mike Mullen (right), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned against further spending cuts for the military beyond the $350 million to $400 million already agreed by Congress and President Obama this week. “I think anything beyond that would damage our national defense," Mr. Panetta said.
Mr. Obama is welcomed by singer Jennifer Hudson and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at a Chicago fundraiser Wednesday. One Republican critic said of the president: "The first job Obama is interested in saving is his own." (Associated Press)
Specialist Patrick King, second from right, and others watch President Barack Obama's remarks on a television monitor the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. The stock market stumbled again Tuesday and is on pace for its longest losing streak in two years.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)