Vice President Joe Biden, left, listens as President Barack Obama pauses during remarks on the the fiscal cliff negotiations during a news conference in the briefing room of the White H

 

              Vice President Joe Biden, left, listens as President Barack Obama pauses during remarks on the the fiscal cliff negotiations during a news conference in the briefing room of the White H
Vice President Joe Biden, left, listens as President Barack Obama pauses during remarks on the the fiscal cliff negotiations during a news conference in the briefing room of the White House on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 in Washington. Obama also announced that Biden will lead an administration-wide effort to curb gun violence in response to the Connecticut school shooting. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)