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President Obama delivers a statement on the fiscal cliff

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President Obama delivers a statement on the fiscal cliff from the Press Briefing Room on Friday.

"As of today I am still ready and willing to get a comprehensive package done," he said.

"As we leave town for a few days, I hope it gives some perspective and everyone can cool off," Obama said.

Obama says he spoke Friday with House Speaker John Boehner and met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He says Congress should pass a plan to extend tax breaks for the middle class and extend unemployment benefits.

Obama says no one can get 100 percent of what they want and there are "real consequences" to how they deal with the across-the-board tax increases and steep spending cuts scheduled to kick in Jan. 1.

Economists fear the combination could deliver a blow to the U.S. economy.

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