President Barack Obama gestures as he asks if the back of the room could hear him after the podium microphone stopped working while he was speaking about the fiscal cliff during an address before the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Barack Obama gestures as he asks if the back of the room could hear him after the podium microphone stopped working while he was speaking about the fiscal cliff during an address before the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama gestures as he asks if the back of the room could hear him after the podium microphone stopped working while he was speaking about the fiscal cliff during an address before the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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