U.S. President Obama makes a statement to reporters after meeting with congressional leaders at the White House in Washington

 
U.S. President Obama makes a statement to reporters after meeting with congressional leaders at the White House in Washington
U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement to reporters after meeting with congressional leaders at the White House in Washington December 28, 2012. Obama held out hope for a last-minute agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff of tax increases and spending cuts after a meeting with congressional leaders, scolding Congress for leaving the problem unresolved until the eleventh hour. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst