FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks with Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council, in the Oval Office before he leaves the Wh

 

              FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks with Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council, in the Oval Office before he leaves the Wh
FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks with Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council, in the Oval Office before he leaves the White House in Washington, The latest Associated Press Economy Survey released Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, suggests the biggest drag on the economy is the continued budget impasse in Washington, not the slow pace of consumer spending. The consensus has emerged just as the political standoff could lead to automatic spending cuts later this week. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)