President Obama speaks during his meeting with the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board at the White House with Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett seated behind him. The corruption trial of ousted Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich - for purportedly trying to sell Mr. Obama's Senate seat - is a distant but unwelcome headache for the White House.
President Obama, accompanied by Paul Volcker (left), chairman of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., addresses the board on Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama greets Paul Volcker, Chair of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, after Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection financial reform bill at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, Wednesday, July 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)