U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Obama reached out to chief executives and middle-income taxpayers, imploring them to press Congress to avoid the fiscal cliff as he said he wants to get a deal "done before Christmas." Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Barack Obama