Obama faces tough Democratic tax cut sell

President Barack Obama makes a opening statement during a news conference in the White House briefing room in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

December 8, 2010 5:51:25 AM PST
In a role reversal, President Barack Obama now has to lobby fellow Democrats to vote for a bill he considers crucial - legislation that would retain existing tax rates for the middle class and stretch the safety net for the jobless.