President Barack Obama speaks about the fiscal cliff on Dec. 31, 2012, in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington. The president said
President Barack Obama speaks about the fiscal cliff on Dec. 31, 2012, in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington. The president said it appears that an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff is "in sight" but says it's not yet complete and work continues. (Charles Dharapak/AP)