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Sequestration 2013: Jedi mind meld reference by Barack Obama

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he can't do a "Jedi mind meld" with Republican leaders and persuade them to do what he believes is right when it comes to trimming federal spending.

Asked if he could refuse to allow Republican leaders of the House and Senate to leave a White House meeting until a budget agreement was reached, Obama said that's not how a constitutional form of government works.

Obama took questions from the media at the White House after meeting with congressional leaders.

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