President Obama and former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shake hands in the Oval Office after their lunch Thursday at the White House. Pete Souza/White House Photo/UPI/Landov hide caption

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President Obama speaks Wednesday while meeting with citizens at the White House. Obama called on Republicans to halt an automatic tax hike for middle-class Americans. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney the last time they got together, at their Oct. 22 presidential debate in Boca Raton, Fla. Saul Loeb /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Christmas shopping season could be harmed if the fiscal cliff fight depresses consumer confidence, according to a new report from Obama administration economists. Andrew Kelly/Getty Images hide caption

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Jim Messina, President Obama's 2012 campaign manager Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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President Obama and President Thein Sein of Myanmar (also known as Burma) earlier today in Yangon. Jewel Samad /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Some Republicans are betting that President Obama won't push for a Susan Rice nomination if it could jeopardize negotiations with the GOP on things like the budget, or immigration. Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption

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Getting started: President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, at the start of today's meeting. Larry Downing /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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President Obama during his news conference at the White House today. Mandel Ngan /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Democratic party volunteer Matt Lattanzi worked door to door for the Obama campaign while canvassing in a Youngstown, Ohio, apartment building on Oct. 28. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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