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President Barack Obama said today that Republicans are too focused on getting the better of him personally in the fiscal cliff negotiations, rather than considering what is best for the country. “It is very hard for them to say ‘yes’ to me,” Obama told reporters.

“At some point they’ve got to take me out of it” and focus on “doing something good for the country.”

Obama alluded to the Connecticut school shootings in calling on Republicans to compromise, saying that “if there’s one thing we should have after this week, it should be perspective about what’s important.” He added: “Right now, what the country needs is for us to compromise.”

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