Last week, the talks chaired by Vice President Joe Biden ended when the two congressional Republican participants quit, citing Democrats' refusal to take tax increases off the table. Republican leaders insisted that Obama get personally involved.
Since then he has become more engaged, meeting Monday with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Wednesday with Senate Democratic leaders.
Obama called on Congress to act more like his two daughters, who he said do their homework well in advance.
"They don't wait 'til the night before," he said. "They're not pulling all-nighters."
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