It's not just taxes: Obama defends his credibility

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 7, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
His political credibility on the line, President Barack Obama testily defended his willingness to choose compromise over combat with Republicans on Tuesday, lecturing fellow Democrats not to be "sanctimonious" purists.